Fish Foot Bath in Costa Del Sol, Spain
After some pizza topped with local seafood, caught less than a mile away, we continue our exploration until we come across an open shop titled simply, “Fish Foot Bath.”

Costa Del Sol, Spain's Fish Foot Bath


A Fish Foot Bath in Spain's Costa Del Sol

It’s a sweltering summer day in beautiful Costa Del Sol, a charming Spanish beach town. My friend and I are taking a break from our tourist-oriented schedule and decide to take a more improvised approach today.


The local vendors and restaurants we visit are a reminder that some of the best attractions aren’t to be found in a tourist handbook. One shop is piled high with original paintings, depicting local landscapes in lighthearted water-color. Another sells hand-made pottery, fresh off the wheel.


After some pizza topped with local seafood, caught less than a mile away, we continue our exploration until we come across an open shop titled simply, “Fish Foot Bath.”

Intrigued by this awkward combination of words alone, we decide to check it out.


The shop consists of a single room. At the end of the store is a checkout counter. Ordinary enough. But to our right, the wall is lined with raised chairs, cushioned and wrapped in leather for optimal comfort. At the foot of each chair is a square tank of water, filled with silver fish the size of tic-tacs.


It’s explained to us that customers pay to sit with their feet submerged in these tanks, as the fish nibble away at any dead skin. We’re assured that it’s a painless process, so we figure ‘why not?’


The instant my feet enter the water I’m swarmed by the miniscule school of fish. The intensity of the foreign sensation is enough for me to pull my legs out of the tank. My friend calms me down until I gain my bearings and once again dunk my feet back in.


The sensation is almost unbearable, and it takes all the strength of my being not to…laugh.


I’m dumbfounded with how much this tickles. Each microscopic fish mouth affixed on my feet and ankles, squirming gleefully. Never has anything tickled this much. For the first five minutes I laugh uncontrollably.


I acclimate to the feeling of this pseudo-pedicure and become relaxed. One of the employees offers us refreshments. I order a cold, refreshing cola. Laughter bubbles up once more as I realize the wonderful absurdity of my situation.


At the end of the allotted time, we pull our feet from the tanks, eager to see what they feel like. I glide my hand across the bottom of my foot in awe. It probably hasn’t been this smooth since the day I was born.

Laughter abounds and I’m dumbfounded with how much this tickles



Author: Tanner Hackney

Author Bio: Mr. Hackney is a Junior Journalism and Marketing student at American University. His travels have taken him to England, France, Germany, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.



Jacks Fish Foot Spa in Costa Del Sol, Spain. The experience and pleasure are well worth the cost. Sit back, relax and feed the fish.

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