The Arabian Baths in Ronda
The province of Malaga boasts an impressive catalogue of ancient Andalusian history that is often missed by visiting tourists arriving on the Costa del Sol in search of good weather and sandy beaches.
One such place that will make a worthwhile trip is Ronda and a visit to the Arabian baths is recommended.
Dating back to the 13th – 14th centuries, these thermal buildings are some of the best preserved examples on the Spanish mainland.
Located in the old Arab quarter, which is today called San Miguel quarter, the Arab baths were built next to the Arroyo de las Culebras (stream of the snakes) which provided the water necessary for their operation.
A perfectly preserved waterwheel supplied the baths, which are divided into three main areas: cold water, warm water and hot water and which followed similar methods and models used by the Romans when they constructed their bath houses.
The central room is the largest and is separated by a series of horseshoe archways sat on stone columns; in the ceilings, star shaped skylights covered with glass supply light.
The baths were constructed close to the entrance of Ronda and were used many times throughout the day serving as a meeting place for the people of the town.
The baths have been restored to their former glory and are well worth a look around when visiting Ronda. Guests staying at Club La Costa World here on the Costa del Sol can make their own way to Ronda by private car hire or as part of an excursion that leaves the resort. Ask for more details at Reception.
Below is a very informative video about the origins, construction and use of the Arabian baths in Ronda.
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