Chaves

Chaves - or Aquae Flaviae, as it was known by the Romans - is a small and friendly town situated in the heart of Trás-os-Montes, at an altitude of about 324 meters. It was founded in 78 BC by the Romans, having been resettled in the reign of Dom Afonso III of León and integrated into the Condado Portucalense. The county was created in 1853 and, in 1929, it was elevated to the category of city. It is known for its medicinal waters, the Termas de Chaves. Along with the spa resort of Vidago, these are one of the region's development forces. It is said that, during the Roman domination, the legions came to the thermal baths and spa to regain their strength. We could not fail to mention the flaviense gastronomy, as we are speaking about a transmontana area... Pastéis de Chaves (kind of meat pie made with puff pastry), folar de carne (kind of bread made with different types of sausages), ham, alheiras (kind of sausages made with meats other than pork and bread), feijoada (kind of bean stew with meat) and cozido à portuguesa (kind of stew made with different types of meats, sausages, potatoes and cabbage) are delights that cannot be missed! With regard to handicrafts, take a look at the wool and Nantes pottery articles.

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