Caldas da Rainha

This is one of the urban centers of Oeste region that met one of the greatest developments in recent decades, logging more than 50 thousand inhabitants in 2008. Subdivided into 16 parishes, the municipality is bordered to the north by Alcobaça, to the east by Rio Maior, to the south by Cadaval and to the west by Bombarral and Óbidos. Caldas da Rainha reached the village status in 1511, but the municipality was only created in 1821. It was during the 19th century that the village watched its greatest splendor with the increasing recognition of the thermal baths and spas, thereby being frequented by the wealthy classes who sought after the sulfurous water treatments. The visitors were from early on attracted by the architecture of the spa with its British style, from which the greatest achievement is the Thermal Hospital. A building from 1485, sponsored by D. João II's wife, Queen D. Leonor. It is considered one of the first works of what would later be called "Manueline Style". Another icon of Caldas da Rainha is its pottery. The phallic-like dinnerware pieces are well known and can be traced back to the reign of D. Luís, who used them when inviting friends over to his residence. But also the more traditional pottery is very recognized in this region. This activity is documented since 1488 and took a qualitative leap in the past two centuries, being one of the most creative sectors of the recent Portuguese art.

Where to eat in Caldas da Rainha

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Where to sleep in Caldas da Rainha

SANA Silver Coast Hotel
SANA Silver Coast Hotel

4 star

Located in the centre of Caldas da Rainha, a short distance from Óbidos, the new SANA Silver Coast Hotel offers a privileged location, in the centre of Portuga…

Europeia Hotel
Europeia Hotel

3 star

Refurbished in 2011, the old European Residential is now a familiar and friendly hotel, comprising 55 rooms modern and very comfortable. The areas are spacious…

Casal da Eira Branca
Casal da Eira Branca

Accommodation located in the rural village of Infantes near the city of Caldas da Rainha, ideal for those who enjoy comfort, tranquility and personalized servi…

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