Al-Himma (Mukheiba) Baths
Al-Himma (Mukheiba) Baths information
In Roman and Byzantine times, the ancient hot-spring town of al-Himma was the site of Gadara's bath complex, which was famous throughout the empire for its lavish design and architecture. Today, the al-Himma hot springs are located in the pleasant village of Mukheiba. The area is subtropical and lush, and though soaking in the springs can be a bit unpleasant during the muggy summer months, a therapeutic trip to Mukheiba is certainly worth the effort. The public baths consist of three indoor hot pools and one natural outdoor hot pool. There are separate bathing times for men and women, which alternate every two hours. At the time of research, men ruled the roost from 10am to noon, 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm, with women welcome at other times. The baths are on the right as you enter the village – don’t forget to bring modest and appropriate bathing costumes (best to leave the Speedos and bikinis at home). Note that the place is overrun with local tourists (mostly young men) on Friday, and you may find local accommodation full on Thursday and Friday nights.