Baños Árabes • Palacio de Villardompardo, Jaen

(4.6/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
See how nobility of Moorish times relaxed and rejuvenated at Baños Árabes • Palacio de Villardompardo, where steam forced pollutants out of the body through persipiration (rather than a soak in hot water like the Romans offered). The baths are designed with three chambers: cold, warm, and hot. Water was pumped in using a traditional Moorish waterwheel and sophisticated engineering allowed it to be heated from a boiler room down below. Horseshoe arches of brick and stone decorate the main chamber, supporting the barrel-vaulted ceilings and star-shaped skylights. You can access an observation deck from above to truly appreciate the architectural feat. Take a look at our Jaen trip generator to schedule your visit to Baños Árabes • Palacio de Villardompardo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I only let me take title of the activity to see "Arab baths" without having more information. Even I thought if it was an urban spa. Surprise! They were some Arab baths of truth, well preserved. Already when entering the nice information that admission is free amazing! You cater beautifully to the entrance. You report correctly. Tell you where you can take pictures and where not, and how. Once going following the route you are still finding staff that you directed and serves exquisitely. Incredible! And arrive in the halls of the baths had been and it seems that you hear the murmur of q it enjoyed while it also seems to make you feel the sound of the water, and the light filtering through the starry spaces made to that purpose in the ceiling. You inform on the number two floor there is a bar q gives access to a viewpoint. The impeccable bar also, bright and modern offering covers the place at reasonable prices. And... the vantage point oh! Ooh! Q-incredible views of all Jaén and its mountains. And I still have to say that on the way to reach the bathroom, I found the sculpture depicting the legend of the lizard of the Magdalena then that, my recommendation, not leave town without visiting them.
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  • Precious reconstruction of Arab baths, original, very nice ground to imagine as it was everything. A very award-winning return to the life of these baths.
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  • A great work of recovery of these magnificent bathrooms, preserving the Palace to be built on them
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  • 3.5/5 stars*. I give four because the bathrooms were very special and unique compared to other Moorish attractions I've seen I'm Andalusia. There's not endless detail in the architecture, but it's still beautiful and well-preserved. However, for me, other than the lookout spot there isn't anything else worth seeing in the museum. I walked through all of it and most of it was a bit dull; I'd only recommend seeing the baths. I think they should add water in them because it would add to the mysterious atmosphere and be good for photography reflections. I think with a few tweaks this museum could be great.
  • These Arabic Baths are worth a visit, before meandering through the baths watch the video. There is no water but the areas have been well restored. The Naïve Museum above the Baths is also worthy of a visit. The Baths and the Museum are free and the staff helpful.
  • Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Malaga may all be more famous for their Moorish remains, but the Arab baths complex Jaen deserve as much attention. Huge, extremely well preserved bath complex.
  • Visited the Arab bathrooms, greatly preserved and free entrance. Highly recommend if visiting Jaen.
  • One of the main historical places in Jaén, worth a visit