Archena (Spain)

October 7, 2019

Archena is a small rural town in the province of Murcia, in the South East of Spain, in the Natural Area of Valle de Ricote. The Romans settled here, but the hot mineral spring is thought to have been used by Iberian (Bronze Age) settlers, who lived in the area five centuries before Christ.

When the Romans established the town in the 1st and 2nd centuries, they built a thermal bath, to take advantage of the healing properties of the waters, which are known to relax, increase immunity, soothe joints, and repair the signs of ageing on the skin. Archena is named after the Latin name for clay, arxila, and Elche Archena are a type of Iberian ceramics which used the rich local clay deposits to make distinctive pots.

Logo Stadt Archena ©Ayuntamiento de Archena

Archena

 

Many important Roman artefacts were found during recent excavations, and are now housed in the town museum. Archena is located on a trade road heading inland from the coast, and over the years has had numerous military connections, with the waters being used to cure wounds from firearms, and even had a training school for tank drivers, using imported Soviet tanks, at the Balneario and Military Hospital during the Spanish Civil War. .

Archena’s geographical location next to Rio Segura (Segura River) is one of its strengths today, as it is surrounded by a protected natural landscape, with a mild sunny climate, making it an ideal location for a winter break.

The waters, in combination with the natural surroundings are known to improve general wellbeing, and are also used for relaxation, weight-loss, improvement of the immune system, anti-ageing treatments, post-surgical recovery and especially for treating joints and rheumatism. In July and August the pools are open until midnight, so that baths and treatments can be enjoyed under the stars.

Archena Mineral Springs

  • Balneario de Archena

Earliest known use of the springs:

5000 BC

Hottest Spring:

52ºC

Chemical Elements:

Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Bicarbonates, Sulfates, Chlorides, Hydrogen Sulphide

Roman Name:

From arxila, Latin for clay
The current town of Archena developed in the Middle Ages, after its official foundation in 1462, and although it had periods of growth and prosperity, it was not until the second half of the nineteenth century, when the casino and several hotels were built, that the town really started to flourish. At this time an ingenious “cooling coil” was also invented to cool the water sufficiently to be used for bathing comfortably.

The Hotel Termas was built in 1858, and is known for its Arabian-inspired décor and 19th century elegance. It is one of three hotels in the popular Los Banos district of Archena, which today are all part of the modern and well-equipped Archena Spa complex, offering a wide range of medical and beauty treatments.