Sightseeing Spotlight – Arab Baths (Banys Arabs) in Palma De Mallorca

Inside the Arab Baths

For just under a few dollars you can journey back in time to an ancient bath house from the time of the Moors.

Known in Spanish as “Baños Arabes”, baths from this time period are similar in design to the Roman baths except they use steam instead of a hot water soak.  Moors of Spain were Muslim, so, the bath was more than a sanitary experience.  It was more than likely part of a religious tradition. 

Typically, a bath house would’ve been an entire spa like experience alternating for hours between a warm room, a cool room, and a hot steamy room, including massages, mint tea, and pampering from servants or slaves.  Interested in learning more about baths and bathing culture? Click here to visit a short read from The Met Museum.

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The 12 columns holding up the dome aren’t all the same, possibly salvaged from ruins, you’ll be gazing upon some early recycling measures to limit waste and make the best use of everything.

In the hot bath room, you might notice that there is a double floor for heated water and round windows for the steam to escape and natural light to enter.

While you can’t partake in the centuries old bath ritual, you can find a peaceful moment of rest and relaxation in the lush garden.

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Outside in the Gardens

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[…] Small 2-room building that once housed a Byzantine bath dating back to the 11th century.  In the center of the bath room is a cupola with 5 oculi (circular windows) that let in light.  The room is held up by 12 columns that were pillaged from earlier Roman construction.  See more of the Arab Baths here. […]