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.
Best restaurants in Chaves
This restaurant features the best of the regional cuisine of the Trás-os-Montes region. Located in …
A large, simple space with an effective service and a pleasant atmosphere, serving mostly regional …
A large and friendly space, with two dining rooms, that serves fine regional dishes. It has lovely …
The Vidago Palace Gourmet restaurant offers impeccable service, a letter prepared by chef Rui Paula…
Best Of Chaves
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.
Forte de São Francisco Hotel
This hotel is located in a former 17TH century convent, classified as a national monument, which was adapted and equipped, preserving its original architectural style. Here, combines the comfort to the sophistication of modern life, resulting in an atmosphere of tranquility and peace.
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 …
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 …
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 1910, and after extensive renovation works, recovered by José Pedro Lopes Vieira and Diogo Rosa Lã, opened to the public in October 2010, offering 70 luxurious rooms, a new SPA that uses mineral …
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 …
Hotel Rural - Casa de Samaiões
Rural Hotel consisting of a large Manor House and a chapel attached. The interior decoration is divided between the rustic and the modern, offering a warm atmosphere and comfortable.
Primavera Perfume Hotel
Located at the epic village of Vidago , with its prestigious thermal waters, the Primavera Perfume Hotel is surrounded by lush green landscapes from where soft spring aromas flow. Refuge place where comfort and elegance are involved with the smells …
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 …
Hotel Premium Chaves - Aquae Flaviae
Located near the thermal baths, in the historic centre of Keys, this large hotel offers a beautiful view over the historical centre, offering 166 rooms very well equipped and a wide diversity of services. Featured for your panoramic swimming pool, …
Museu da Região Flaviense
This museum offers its visitors a wide collection, from objects dating back to the 3rd century bC to the Roman days. A special note to the collections related to the Roman World, one of the most important and complete collections …
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.
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, …
Hotel Casino Chaves
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 and casino, where you can dine and watch a show. It has …
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.