Alhama de Granada is named after the arabic word for bath - hamam - because of the thermal baths located at the southern entrance to the town in a picturesque gorge. Perched above the ravine carved by the Alhama river it's 6000 inhabitants are friendly and welcoming to the towns frequent visitors. Untouched by the over commercialisation of the Costa Alhama remains quintessentially Andalucian, a perfect place to have a drink, a tapa and enjoy a fiesta.
Monuments in this ancient town include a 1st century Roman Bridge, Baths, Arab Castle, 16th century Nunnery, and many more.
The hot springs are a big hit with festival goers and they are reputed to have therapeutic properties, in any event it's a lovely spot and very atmospheric at night with a few candles and good company.
There will be a shuttle bus from the festival to the town that runs when it's full.
Granada Bus Station - Alhama
dep 12.00 arr 13:30 (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri)
dep 15.30 arr 16:35 (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
dep 18.30 arr 20:00 (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Alhama Bus Station - Granada
dep 07:35 arr 09:00 (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat)
dep 10:00 arr 11:10 (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
dep 15:20 arr 16:45 (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri)
dep 19:35 arr 20:45 (Sun)
NOTE: All the buses between Granada and Alhama stop in Santa Fe which is a very short taxi ride to Granada airport. If you need to get to or from the airport when the festival shuttle is not running this is a good option. Just allow time to find a taxi in Santa Fe!
There is also one bus a day to Malaga via Torre Del Mar, please see www.alsa.es
The Rocket is offering those who prefer some luxury and comfort as part of their festival experience a service to find and book a private villa in the countryside around the festival site. Contact us via our contact page and choose villas from the category drop-down.
We have large, traditional
style Spanish cortijos, for groups between 6 and 12 people with a garden. We even have one with a
private football/ basketball court if you fancy a game.
All have cooking facilities. Book early to get a swimming pool as they
are the first to go!
Please send us the number of people in your group and please specify if there are couples who want a private room.
Just 5km from the festival site is the Pantano de Bermejales. The old stone dam prevents the water from tumbling down the deep and narrow gorge at the north end. It's a great spot to spend an hour or two during the hottest parts of the day before the action starts at the festival in the afternoon.
Granada is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe, the majestic Alhambra palace was the last stronghold of the Moors who ruled all of Spain for seven centuries. It's a seldom discussed fact that Spain needs to remain Christian for another 150 years to have been a Catholic state for as long as it was Muslim under the Moors. Granada has a lively social scene with a tapas bar for every day of the year, it is one of the last areas of Spain where the tapas still come free with a drink. Arts and music has always been a big part o life in Granada, Spains most celebrated playright Frederico Garcia Lorca lived in Granada. If you've got an extra day or two either side of the festival spend a day wandering the medieval streets of the Albaycin and soaking up the atmosphere.
For more information, go to www.guide2granada.com.
The Rocket festival site is nestled in amongst some spectacular Andalucian scenery. The Sierra de Almijarra and the Sierra de Tejmeda form the spectacular backdrop to the main stage, the snowcapped Sierra Nevada towers to the East. There are countless walking and cycling routes in these ranges, climbing and canyoning too if you are the adventurous type.
The Costa del Sol and the Costa Tropical are within an hour from Alhama, the most spectacular route being the Camino de Cabra (Goat Road) to Almuñecar which colis precipitously down to the sea, a a breathtaking vista on every hairpin.
All in all a wonderful area to take a holiday, why not incorporate the festival into a holiday and enjoy what Andalucia has to offer.