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.

What to do in Chaves

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12 thermal spas and hot springs in Portugal to Improve Your Health and Well-being

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Exploring Chaves: a Weekend in Trás-os-Montes

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Where to eat in Chaves

Where to sleep in Chaves

Hotel Casino Chaves
Hotel Casino Chaves

4 star

Opened in June 2008, the Hotel Casino Chaves is a modern building which offers all amenities. Features 72 rooms and six suites. Also has two restaurants, a bar…

Vidago Palace
Vidago Palace

5 star

The Vidago Palace Hotel is located in a region famous for the curative powers of its waters and the beautiful scenery. This magnificent palace was built in 191…

Casas Novas – Countryside Hotel
Casas Novas – Countryside Hotel

4 star

Located in the village of new houses, this 18th century Manor has been refurbished and transformed into a Charming country hotel. The rooms\/suites, carefully …

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