Fuengirola, a coastal city with a rich history dating back to Roman times, is about to add another gem to its already impressive array of cultural and touristic attractions.
In a bid to preserve and showcase the city’s ancient heritage, the Roman Baths of Torreblanca will open their doors to the public at the end of January. This archaeological site promises to be a significant addition to Fuengirola’s cultural landscape, offering visitors a glimpse into its storied past.
Rediscovering Fuengirola’s ancient past
The history of Fuengirola predates the Roman era, with various landmarks bearing witness to its historical significance. However, one particular site, the Roman Baths of Torreblanca, will soon become a prominent cultural and touristic destination. After extensive restoration efforts, which are set to conclude after the holiday season, these baths will be accessible to the public.
Roman baths offer journey back in time
Visitors to the Roman Baths of Torreblanca will have the opportunity to embark on a journey through time. A network of walkways spanning the site’s impressive 4,000-square-meter area will guide guests past archaeological remnants, complemented by informative panels detailing their historical context.
Preserving history for future generations
The restoration project is made possible in part by a subsidy of €267,136 from the Andalusian Council for Tourism. It encompasses a range of improvements. These include enhanced access routes, the installation of walkways and the placement of informative panels. Furthermore, lighting enhancements were added, and the surrounding environment underwent a beautification. All in preparation for the grand opening.
The Fuengirola municipality acquired ownership of this historic site in 2017. Since then, it has been committed to emphasizing its significance and preserving it for future generations. The Roman Baths of Torreblanca represent a crucial piece of cultural heritage. Consequently, adding a new cultural and touristic highlight to the city.
Dating back to the 1st century AD, the Roman Baths are designated as cultural heritage sites. They remained in use until the 4th century AD before being repurposed for other activities. The site also contains approximately thirty graves. Acquiring public ownership of the private land for this project required significant administrative efforts. Nonetheless, the municipality remains steadfast in its commitment to completing the project. The Town Hall wants to allow residents and visitors to enjoy this municipal treasure.
Fuengirola’s history as Suel during the Roman period saw it flourish as a prominent coastal settlement between the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD. Remnants of this ancient civilization, such as the Roman ruins of Finca Del Secretario, continue to be visible. This archaeological site houses the remains of a luxurious Roman villa, complete with remarkably preserved mosaic floors.