Mallorca isn´t only sun and beaches. After countless invasions, the island has been dotted with multiple cultures that accompany us today. A lot of time has passed and only a few signs remain from the passing through of all of those civilizations. Today we suggest a stroll through the old town of Palma, during which you can discover some of the remains left during the Muslim invasion as legacy in Mallorca.
The Arab Baths
Little is left to the Mallorcans concerning the phase of the Muslim invasion in Mallorca. One of the vestiges that has actually survived the passing of time, and the various and multiple times of domination of the islands, has been the Arab Baths. This building, whose construction dates back from the first half of the twelfth century, is believed to have been built with materials from other buildings damaged from the attacks on the city of Palma between 1114 and 1116. During those years, next to the Arab Baths there were both a mosque and a cemetery, neither of which remain today.
What you will see is a square room, with 12 columns supporting a dome. It is the only room that has been preserved and is known to have been the hot baths room. If you are wondering how it's possible that we know what kind of room it is, and what it was used for, we can tell you that a double floor was discovered that leads us to believe that this allowed hot air and vapor to circulate. This curiosity along with many more can be pondered on your visit.
When: Open every day of the week from 9h to 19h
How much: 2 Euros
Where: Street Serra, 7 07001, Palma
The Almudaina Palace
Also known as the Royale Palace or Palace of Palma de Mallorca, besides being the one of the residencies of the Spanish royal family, is the place where the remains of the megalithic settlements on the island are protected. It is considered a Bien de Interés Cultural since 1931 and its structure is divided into three parts: the palaces of the king and the queen, the chapel of Santa Ana, and the bathrooms.
The building that we see today is a remodeling of the Muslim fortress that occupied the same space. The remodeling took place between 1305 and 1314 for King James II. It wasn´t until the sixteenth century when the top floor was built, under the order of King Charles I of Spain. If you want to know more than four curious facts about this historical monument, we recommend that when you request your tickets, for four Euros more you request the guided tour service. It is well worth learning the fun facts that are shared.
When: From Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 18h (Winter) and 20h (Summer). Closed on Mondays.
How much: 7 Euros
Where: Palau Reial s/n, Palma de Mallorca