We took the train (an 11-minute ride), in the pouring rain, into Benalmádena Sunday to meet friends Kristina and Matti for lunch. On our ride out of our neighborhood, as we passed the Roman ruins (click here) park down below, I noticed that the Roman Baths were filled with water. How exciting! It looked like they were back in business! And by my way of thinking, we live on “the continent,” so these must be the “Continental Baths.” (If you’ve never heard of the other Continental Baths, click here.)
Our usual morning coffee stop, El Jazzy Bar, is located right on the edge of the ruins park and, since El Jazzy is closed Mondays, I decided to check out “The Baths” Tuesday morning only to discover that they were no longer abubble. One pool had some water, but my favorite round pool had drained.
Then I noticed that the Roman fish salting factory also appeared to be back in business. Well, maybe not back in business. But there’s lots of water. It’s a start.
|THE ONLY POOL STILL HOLDING WATER.|
|MA FAVORITE POOL. FILLED SUNDAY. EMPTY TUESDAY.|
|WAITING FOR THE FISH TO BE DELIVERED?|
Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, New York City, 1971. (That’s Barry Manilow on the piano.)
They’d come to the Fuengirola Baths if only the baths would hold water!