Baños Árabes • Palacio de Villardompardo, Jaen

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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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  • We visited the baths during the recent heatwave so it provided welcome cool refuge from the searing heat outside. The explanatory film was easy to get the gist of how the baths worked even if (like us...  more »
  • About 15 minutes walk from the cathedral, it's definitely a must see. It's free and a great opportunity to see not only the baths, that are beautiful, but also some exhibitions and the view from the t...  more »
  • On this our first visit to Jaen we had been to the castle (excellent), the cathedral (stunning), and left the Banos Arabes until our final day. As an EU citizen we were given free access to all floors...  more »
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  • A great place to visit. And free. UK attractions could learn a thing or two! In an old building that is on a few levels. The lower level being the baths themselves.
  • 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.