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.
What to do in Chaves
Castelo de Chaves
Built by Dom Dinis, this castle has had great importance in the Defense military of Northern Portugal. The two forts, both built during the wars of the restoration, reinforced at the corners by quads composed bastions. Currently, kept the remains of military walls. The construction of the time of Dinis remains only the Tower of homage. The keep houses the …
Ponte Romana de Trajano
This bridge was constructed in granite formed by eighteen arches even though these days we can only see twelve. On this bridge there are two commemorative columns from the Emperors Vespasiano and Trajano time.
Chaves - Termas & SPA
Spa located along the right bank of the Tâmega River that, according to the story, we both got excited the Romans in the intervals of their warlike incursions. These compositional waters only in the Iberian Peninsula (hyperthermal, bicarbonated, with sodium, mesomineralizadas and gasocarbónicas) are indicated for the treatment of musculoskeletal afeções, respiratory and digestive tract. Enjoy these medicinal properties for …
Área de Lazer do Rio Tâmega
A friendly, modern space, recently renewed, with lawns and pedestrian areas, where one may stroll and contemplate the beauty of the Tâmega river and its roman bridge.
Jardim Público de Chaves
A wide, pleasant garden, with plenty of shade and several areas with flowers, a small bandstand and a playground. There are also nice views of the Tâmega river and of the roman bridge.
Igreja Matriz de Chaves / Igreja de Santa Maria Maior
This church is mediaeval, mannerist and late baroque with a longitudinal plan composed by three naves and five ranks. It was built during the middle age, probably in the 12th century above the wrecks from previous temples. From the mediaeval …
Forte de São Neutel
17th century Fort of starry plant, composed of four regular ramparts. Your plant is similar to the nearby Forte de São Francisco, both built during the wars of the restoration. Emphasis on the inner moat, the chapel of Nossa Senhora …
MACNA - Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Inaugurado em 2016, localiza-se na margem direita do rio Tâmega, junto à Ponte de São Roque. É um espaço de fruição cultural de excelência, constituído por diversos espaços, salas de exposições temporárias e permanentes, auditório, arquivo, biblioteca e loja. Um …
Vidago Palace Spa
SPA with thermal baths with a landscaped environment unique in the Northeast transmontano. Its waters are indicated for rheumatic afeções and skeletal muscle, respiratory infections and digestive tract afeções. Designed by the famous architect Alvaro Siza-Vieira, the modern zen-inspired space, …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves
Localizada ao lado da ao lado da Igreja Matriz, esta igreja foi construída no século XVII. Com características barrocas, destaca-se, no seu interior, as paredes revestidas em azulejaria do século XVIII e o teto de madeira.
Forte de São Francisco
Former convent surrounded by walls, transformed into a fortification in 1658. Strong late-Baroque and Mannerist, composed of regular star plant, with four pentagonal bastions at the corners by a highlighted rectangle. Your plant is similar to the strong neighbor of …
Castelo de Monforte
This castle, also known as Castle of San Antonio, located 825 m altitude and belongs, together with the Castle and St. Stephen, the defense of the Valley of keys. Was sent by Dom Dinis built in the 13th century, probably …
Rua com lojas tradicionais, algumas centenárias, que se estende desde perto do Castelo de Chaves até ao Largo do Arrabalde, já nas proximidades da famosa Ponte Romana.
Casino de Chaves
Open since June 2008, the Casino de Chaves is a modern building, with slots and gaming rooms. Its main attractions are the more than 300 slot machines, poker texas hold'em, poker, blackjack, roulettes and more. It also has three bars, …
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Where to eat in Chaves
The Vidago Palace Gourmet restaurant offers impeccable service, a letter prepared by chef Rui Paula…
A large and friendly space, with two dining rooms, that serves fine regional dishes. It has lovely …
A large, simple space with an effective service and a pleasant atmosphere, serving mostly regional …
This restaurant features the best of the regional cuisine of the Trás-os-Montes region. Located in …
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A simple and welcoming space, with a panoramic room and a fireplace, that serves Portuguese dishes.
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Where to sleep in Chaves
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Vila Pouca de Aguiar
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