Arab Baths, Palma de Mallorca

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    Arab Baths

    by solopes Updated Apr 26, 2014

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    You had a good lunch, it’s "forbidden" to go to water, and you need a cool place to spend digestion time.

    Well, you may use the shades of the narrow streets in the old town, and visit the Arab Baths. They aren't a stunning monument nor very well recovered, but they are preserved to look as original, and they really do. It’s cheap, open all day, and they have a nice and fresh garden to rest a while.

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    Arab Baths

    by kat-m Written Apr 12, 2013

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    The last remaining moorish building in Palma. The baths are set in lush gardens and very well preserved. The building supported by 12 columns are a delight to see and in the dome you can see where the steam was allowed to escape through the holes above.

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    by mindcrime Written Jun 26, 2012

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    Before Christian conquer Mallorca the Arabs ruled the island, and the city that we know as Palma was called Medina Mayurqa.

    There isn’t much that we can see from that period (10 to 13th century) so visiting the Arab Baths was a nice alternative for me after checking numerous churches all over the Old Town.

    It is located on a small alley (pic 1), once inside I noticed a refreshing inner yard full of flowers and some tables where you can relax (pic 2). Then I noticed the main chamber(pic 3) where you can see 12 old columns that support the roof (pic 4), each one with different design, probably they were taken from some old roman temple. This was the hot bath, you can imagine things about the baths in that era, don’t forget that baths were popular meeting places too but you cant really see something, the cold bath part is missing anyway but there is also another chamber, probably the warm bath, where you can see a small video documentary about the baths which was nothing special and also a small scale model of the arab baths (pic 5).

    I didn’t spend more than 20’ here but it was nice after all.

    It is open daily 9.30-19.00
    The entrance fee is 2euro

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    Arab Bathes

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    Moors occupied the area for 300 years and left a legacy of architecture, and especially notable today is the Arab Baths -BAnys Arabs. The Arabs created a hydraulic system to move water around the city, and the baths was an intregal part of their everyday life. The main section has twelve columns supporting the roof structure and the cupola dome where steam escaped. Not much of the original portion remains today, and the cold bath section is all gone. There is a short 10 minute movie about the baths and Palma that is okay to view
    Entry is 2 Euro and it is open generally 9:30-7PM

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    by tanneddarling Written Nov 4, 2006

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    it will take you about 5-10 mins to have a look around - but as i have never seen other arab baths - i suppose it was worth the trip.

    they have chairs in the court yard where you can chill out and have a rest after you have looked around.

    entry was only 1.50 euros per person.

    signage is in english, spanish and mallorcian - but they have leaflets to give out in german too - with the same information.

    the baths are signed from the cathedral and are marked on most tourist maps

    follow the signs for Banys Arabs

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    Banys Arabs - Arabian Baths

    by pugwashman Written Jul 16, 2005

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    The Banys Arabs are about a 5 to 10 minute stroll from La Seu Cathedral, through the backstreets of Palma.
    It costs 1.5 euros to go in.
    The baths themselves are quite well preserved, and they are surrounded by a very quaint garden, where you can sit and take a breather before venturing on.
    Most Arabian/Moors architecture was destroyed when they were run out of Mallorca so this is a rare specimen.

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