Magaluf Excursions: Arab Bath House
Arab Bath House. Sounds divine doesn’t it? Just the name creates a vision of rest and relaxation in the lap of extreme luxury. And for those who are familiar with the origins of these bath houses the experience can create even higher expectations. For them, the image of an Arab Bath House might create an almost tangible vision of harem girls treating men like royalty while they soak in lukewarm water filled with rose petals. Unfortunately, today, the Arab Bath Houses or “Hamams” as they are called in Arabic, are not as luxurious as they were in the years gone by. But this is a unique experience, which one should try at lease once in his or her lifetime.
Located in Palma, which is a short while away from Magaluf a dip in these Bath Houses will set you back by 3 measly Euros. And after Magaluf’s nightlife makes you sore all over, this would be an ideal way to pamper yourself.
Other than being a good place to pamper yourself and relax, these Bath Houses also have a lot of historical significance. These “hammams” can be traced back to the 10th Century and are the only reminders of Moorish presence in Majorca. They are formed using architectural styles, typical to the Muslim world. Domes are their architectural signature all across the world. The same style of architecture can be seen in countries as far as Turkey, India and others. The dome-shaped roof has 25 circular shafts, also known as “jharokhas,” which let in sunlight and were a form of natural ventilation in those years. The structure is held up by a dozen distinctly designed columns. Traditionally, “hammams” were not just used for bathing but also served as meeting points for people. And today too, you can enjoy a soak and conversation with your friends here, followed by a walk around the quaint streets of Palma.