Banys arabs in Palma de Mallorca
Among the many architectural gems to be discovered in connection with real estate in Palma de Mallorca are the Arab baths, the “banys arabs”, a relic from the time of the Muslim Moors in the island capital. Anyone who visits these walls during a stroll through the city feels transported back to a bygone era.
During the special Muslim era in Palma, which lasted from the 10th to the 13th century, the city area, which was called “Medina Mayurka” at that time, expanded and now roughly corresponded to today’s old town centre around the cathedral. The Arabic Alcazar, the Almudaina Palace, was built at that time. Other buildings from the Moorish era no longer exist, except for the Almudaina arch in the street of the same name and the Arab baths.
Arabian steam bath
There is not much left of the original magnificent baths. One highlight, however, is the caldarium (steam bath) with its impressive ceiling in which small star-shaped openings allow the sunlight to shine through. The Arab Baths near Palma Cathedral is unfortunately the only one of five baths that has more or less been preserved. The baths are surrounded by a small but very idyllic little garden.
The complex is located in Calle de Serra 7 and is open daily in summer – April to November – from 9.00 am to 7.30 pm, in the other months from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.