Turkish-style thermal baths, or hammams, are known in Spanish as baños arabes (Arab baths) and as Banys Arabs in Catalan. They are especially common in the south, with most of Andalusia's main cities having one, while there is also one in Madrid too.
Note that they aren't all still in use! Some are in ruins and are only of archeological interest. The thermal baths on this page are the ones that are still functioning.
Unlike in some countries, such as Hungary, thermal baths in Spain are generally unisex. Massages and other services associated with spas are available, usually at a reduced cost.
Very central Turkish-style thermal baths in Madrid, five minutes' walk from Sol on c/Atocha (the road that leads to the main train station).
The baths are in three rooms with varying temperatures and entry includes a message.
Recently restored thermal baths on the site of a 16th century hammam in the picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, the Aire de Sevilla offers a number of beauty treatments, some I've heard of (geotherapy) some I haven't (fangotherapy, anyone?). They also have a tea room and shop.
There isn't a great deal to do in Malaga, so a stop here will sooth your wandering feet and wile away the hours until your bus out of town. This bath offers massages with essential oils as well as soap-and-water massages in the bath area.
El Hammam is not far from Plaza de la Merced in central Malaga.
Right by the cathedral in Jerez is the Hammam Andalusi Turkish-style baths. They also offer a variety of massages, including a chocolate one! Mmmm... If you're feeling woozy after visiting a Bodega in Jerez
, this is the perfect place to spend an hour.
Hammam Sancti Petri is located near Chiclana de la Frontera, not far from Cadiz in south-west Andalusia. These baths cater less for tourists (their website is only in Spanish) than the others on this page.