Chaves – or Aquae Flaviae, as it was known by the Romans – is a small and welcoming city located in the heart of Trás-os-Montes, at an altitude of about 324 meters. Known for its medicinal waters, the Termas de Chaves, together with the Vidago spa resort, are one of the dynamic centers of the region. It is even said that in Roman times, legions came here to regain strength. Traces of the Romans' passage are visible all over the city, especially the famous Roman Bridge. The city's gastronomy is a must, as well as in all the Trás-os-Montes region... "Pastéis de Chaves", meat bread, ham, alheiras and feijoada are delicacies not to be missed!
What to do in Chaves
Ponte Romana de Trajano
Bridge built in granite, formed by eighteen arches, although currently only twelve are visible. On this bridge there are two columns commemorating the time of Emperors Vespasian and Trajan. Currently, it is closed to traffic, functioning only as a pedestrian bridge.
Chaves - Termas & SPA
Thermal baths located along the right bank of the River Tâmega that would have been used by the Romans in their warlike incursions breaks. These waters of unique composition in the Iberian Peninsula (hyperthermal, bicarbonated, sodium and carbonated) are indicated for the cure of musculoskeletal, digestive and respiratory disorders. Take advantage of these medicinal properties to prevent contemporary ailments such …
Castelo de Chaves
Built by Dom Dinis, this castle was of great strategic-military importance in the defense of northern Portugal. The two forts, both built during the Restoration Wars, form quadrilaterals reinforced at the angles by bulwarks. Currently, remains of military walls are preserved. From the construction of the Dom Dinis era, only the keep, which houses the Military History Nucleus, remains.
Jardim Público de Chaves
Large and pleasant garden, with lots of shade and several flowered areas, a small bandstand and a playground. It also offers a beautiful view over the River Tâmega and the Roman bridge.
Igreja Matriz de Chaves / Igreja de Santa Maria Maior
Medieval, Mannerist and late-Baroque church, with a composite longitudinal plan, with three naves and five bays. It was built in the Middle Ages, probably in the 12th century, on the ruins of previous temples. From the medieval construction, it preserves …
Forte de São Neutel
17th century fort with a star-shaped plan, consisting of four regular bastions. Its plan is similar to the neighboring Fort of São Francisco, both built during the Restoration Wars. Highlight for the internal ditch, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora das …
MACNA - Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Opened in 2016, it is located on the right bank of the Tâmega River, next to the São Roque Bridge. It is a cultural space, with several areas, temporary and permanent exhibition halls, auditorium, archive, library and shop. A space …
Vidago Palace Spa
SPA with thermal baths that benefit from a unique landscape environment, in the heart of the northeast of Trás-os-Montes. Its waters are suitable for rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory tract infections and digestive system disorders. Designed by famous architect Álvaro …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves
Located next to the Igreja Matriz, this church was built in the 17th century. With Baroque features, the walls covered in tiles dating from the 18th century and the wooden ceiling stand out.
Forte de São Francisco
Former convent surrounded by walls, transformed into a fortification in 1658. Late-Baroque and Mannerist fortress, composed of regular star plant, with four pentagonal bastions highlighted at the corners by a rectangle. Its plant is similar to the neighbor fortress of …
Street with traditional shops, some of them centuries old, which extends from close to Chaves Castle to Largo do Arrabalde, close to the famous Roman Bridge.
Casino de Chaves
In operation since 2008, the Casino de Chaves is a modern building, with machines and game rooms. Its main attractions are the more than 300 slot machines, the mixed room with machines and games, the black-jack, American roulette and several …
Praça de Camões
Wide and pleasant square where you can see the Igreja Matriz building, the statue of Dom Afonso – Barcelos Count, the Town Hall building and the Museum/Library building. Chaves Castle is just a few meters from this square.
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 …
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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 …
A rustic and quite welcoming space, in touch with nature. It offers many traditional Portuguese dis…
The Task Quim Barber, in Vidago, real prepares snacks. The gizzards are revolting and stomach upset…
A restaurant that is about a decade old and serves regional dishes. It hasa familiar, welcoming atm…
A simple and modern space that serves some traditional Portuguese dishes.
Inserted in the modern building of the Casino of Keys, the panoramic restaurant Flavia Dynasty offe…
Where to sleep in Chaves
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…
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…
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