The Glorious City of "Aquae Flaviae"
Chaves – named Aquae Flaviae in Roman times – was due to its hot thermal springs and its location at the crossroads of three important roads a major city in Roman times. The well-preserved Roman Bridge is still an impressive evidence of its glory. Excavated in 2009, the ruins of the Roman bath can be visited now. A museum with a collection of Roman relics completes the experience of diving into Roman times.
Chaves Thermal Spa
In Roman times Chaves was a preferred destination to recover bodies and souls in the hot thermal water. Still today, Chaves Thermal Spa is using it for a wide range of treatments for many ailments. Relax and recharge your batteries with a wellness treatment in the modern thermal bath and enjoy a spa experience whose healing and relaxing effects have been appreciated for more than 2,000 years.
Chaves - Rich in Culture
Beside its rich Roman heritage, Chaves is blessed with a variety of historic monuments from other eras. Discover the medieval castle, two 17th century forts and several churches in different architectural styles. After having visited the historic sights don’t miss to enjoy a stroll through one of Chaves’ beautiful parks.
Excellent Location for Day Trips
Its location in the very north of Portugal does not only create a pleasant climate in Chaves but also offers the possibility for great day trips. The famous city of Porto can be reached in around an hour. The Spanish city Santiago de Compostela – dream destination for millions of pilgrims from around the world – is a popular day trip for guests of Chaves.
How to get to Chaves
By airplane: International Airports: Portugal: Porto (OPO) appr.140 km, Lissabon (LIS) appr. 430 km; Further airports: Braganca (BGC) appr. 100 km. Spain: Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) appr. 205 km, Vigo (VGO) appr. 180 km, Madrid (MAD) appr. 460 km
Transfer: We recommend to rent a car, Individual transfer on request
what to see
Roman baths, Nadir Afonso Museum, Roman Bridge, Chaves Castle, churches, thematic museums. Bird watching in Albufeira do Azibo Ecopark (84 km) and other nature parks. Porto (150 km). Spain: Verin (27 km), Santiago de Compostela (192 km)