Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

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Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Roman Baths near Puerto Duquesa

Nestled in the hills above Manilva, a 10 minute drive from Puerto Duquesa, are some well hidden Roman Baths (Banos Romanos) which are well worth a visit if you enjoy pampering yourself and don't mind the rustic setting. Manilvalife has some useful background details and directions in this article.

Making the most of your visit

The baths are known for their healing properties and the high sulphur content helps a number of different skin complaints as well as having a general toning and smoothing effect. To get the most out of your trip, you need to soak in the baths to soften the skin, then cover yourself in mud and bake in the sun, and then soak in the baths again to wash the mud off. The whole process takes around an hour and would cost you around €60 at a day spa!

Finding the mud!

It's not immediately obvious where the mud is. In order to find the 'mud wall' you need to head out of the Roman Baths down towards the river. Cross the river - it's not very deep - and head upstream (left). Here you'll find an area of the hill side which has been chisled away to reveal fresh mud. To get it off the wall, pick up a stone and scrape it against the wall (you can use your hands, but it's takes ages and will make your hands almost too smooth). Once you are covered from head to toe, it takes around 15 minutes to bake dry in the sun.

The charm of these baths is that they haven't been commercialised and are open to all. This does mean, however, that it can get very busy indeed during the weekends in the summer. I'd suggest going in the week during siesta time (2pm-5pm) to avoid the crowds. The water temperature varies according to the season and is generally too cold from October to March.

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