Archena is an Icon of Murcia which, since the first century, is proud of the Huerta (orchard)and all the more of its´ water, and thus the Balneario de Archena on the fast Segura banks in the beginning of the Ricote valley, is a National reference to the cult of healthy body and good living. The main part of the complex, which resembles a village, has an old and noble air, what catches the eye is the modern area, Termalium, an avant-guard water universe, a leisure world which through its´ windows shows us the dry inland countryside of Murcia. The fertile soil was washed away downstream to the Huerta, leaving a beautiful desert. And the river. And an outdoor swimming pool which creates a contrast with its’ sky blue water and the surrounding clay colour. And so we spend the day between a copious breakfast and the morning newspapers, a water session, a walk along the bank, a lunch with fresh vegetables, a historic afternoon on the terrace of the Termas Hotel, a building with Mozarabic reminiscence in the shade of palm trees. Definitely worship to the body…..and the mind.