Admiral’s Baths (Baños Arabes del Almirante)
The city of Valencia was under Muslim control for several hundred years, and the 14th-century Admiral’s Baths (Baños Arabes del Almirante are one of the few remnants of this time in the city. While built under Catholic rule, the baths showcase Mudéjar architecture with hammam features common throughout the Iberian Peninsula.
The Admiral’s Baths were constructed with a series of sauna-like rooms with pools for hot, warm, and cold water. While the facilities were used for bathing for hundreds of years—well into the 20th century—they now operate as more of a museum, offering a glimpse into Valencia’s multicultural past. Pick up a leaflet outlining the site’s history over the centuries, and a short video goes into even greater detail. Visit with a local guide to learn more about this hidden gem.
Things to know before you go
- Admission to the baths is free.
- Brochures at the Admiral’s Baths are available in both English and Spanish.
- Give yourself about 30 minutes to explore the site and watch the introductory video.
How to get there
The baths are in Valencia’s historic center, but the entrance, located on Calle de los Baños del Almirante, can be a bit hard to find. You’ll recognize the entrance on the alley-like street by its arched, Mudéjar-style entryway.
When to get there
The baths are open Tuesday through Sunday for just a few hours each day, so be sure to check the schedule before your arrival to avoid disappointment.
Architecture in Valencia
A visit to Valencia can be a lesson in Spanish architectural history. The Admiral’s Baths represent Moorish influence, with horseshoe-shaped arches and geometric skylights, while the La Lonja de la Seda (a UNESCO site) is one of Europe’s best examples of non-religious Gothic architecture. Head to the Colón Market for a look at a Modernist building and national monument, and don’t miss the ultramodern City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
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