A Hidden Haven of Relaxation and Wellbeing
Although there was also a settlement here in Spain’s Islamic era, the current town dates to the nineteenth century. There you can find well-preserved historical sites and buildings which, despite their antiquity, can still be visited today and form part of the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Málaga province. But the most famous legacy left by the town’s past is its spa with its sulfur-rich waters, which have countless therapeutic properties.
We know that in 1725 there was only one house in this area, known by the name “Cortijo de Aguas Hediondas” (The Farmhouse of Foul-smelling Waters). However, the bathtubs found near the course of the spring, the tombs and pieces of pottery discovered in various parts of the town and, above all, the remains of a wall, suggest that Carratracawas inhabited during the period of Roman rule.In that era, the soldiers bathed here to cure their battle wounds, due to the curative power of the waters, which are rich in sulfur, calcium and magnesium. But it was the Arabs who named this town, located in the foothills of the Sierra Blanquilla.
Within its municipal boundaries, in a pit cave reaching over 130 feet below the ground, schematic paintings and archaeological remains belonging to the Eneolithic (or Copper) Age have been found. The presence of humans as far back as the prehistoric era is also demonstrated in the neighboring municipality of Ardales, where Doña Trinidad Grund Cave is home to cave paintings of animals – goats, horses and deer – from the Upper Paleolithic Era (the Solutrean and Magdalenian ages: 18000 – 14000 B.C.).