Hedionda Roman Baths, Casares (Unique Site and Hydraulic heritage)
From Monday 2nd July 2018, the visit to the dome of the Baños de Hedionda (Hedionda Baths) shall be booked in advance for free. The visit can be one hour long and for 24 people at the same time. However, the access to the outside swimming pools and the river has no time limit.
You can book your visit at:
• Tourist Office in the Town of Casares (Phone: +34 952895521)
• Ticketea App.
Recommended month to visit it: May.
It is said that here was where the Devil exhaled his last breath when he was expelled by St. James. This is one of the legends that the popular imagery has collected to justify the smell of sulphur in its waters. The Baños de la Hedionda, Bien de Interés Cultural [Heritage of Cultural Interest], constitutes one of the historical landmarks of the massif of la Utrera and of the entire Casares in general.
They are sulphurous and ferruginous baths situated in a delightful and advantageous setting which man has known how to make the best of since Roman times. The square building of the spa has a circular dome with pedentives and two other barrel vaults, and is found by the right river bank of the Albarrán stream and near the border with the municipality of Manilva.
- Hedionda Baths: 297183 / 4030303
• Heritage Value: Medium
• Landscape Value: Medium
• Condition: Medium state of repair
• Type of hydraulic structure: Baths
• Stage of the Great Málaga Path: Stage 29. Casares - Estepona
• Location: Casares
• Period: 1st century BCE
• Architect: Unknown
• UTM Coordinates: 297184,8988, 4030305,603
This spa is inside a squared closed space with 6 m long sides, one sphere vault and two barrel vaults. Water goes through the whole area: there are Roman baths, renovated by Arabs, with water that is rich in sulphur and iron.
Arabs changed the framework of the baths due to changes in the water flow. They broadened their walls and took the pipes to the surface. The baths are on the right side of the Albarrán Stream. The materials that were used during the building are whitewash, concrete, stones and double or triple solid brick rows.
The legend says it was built by Julius Caesar when he was serving as a praetor. Trying to relieve a herpetic illness in these waters, he ordered the construction of the baths. His troops certainly had a bath there while they were waiting to confront Pompey’s army and realized it could heel skin diseases. The baths area has been proclaimed Heritage Site of Cultural Interest.