São Pedro do Sul (Portugal)

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January 4, 2018

Throughout history, São Pedro do Sul has been known by many names, but the waters remain constant - hot, alkaline and sulphurous - and have been a magnet for visitors for over 2000 years

Just a few kilometers away from the city of Viseu, São Pedro do Sul is a centre for wellness tourism which benefits from a rich natural heritage - mountains, hills, valleys and rivers, anchoring elements of the region - which offers unparalleled conditions for an invigorating holiday rich in experiences.

The magic of its waters, with unique properties in Europe, is complemented with the elegance of its medical and wellness facilities, allied with the benefits and pleasures of nature at its purest, exuberant landscapes, providing unforgettable sights, ideal for the pursuit of healthy lifestyles and active or nature tourism.

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Extensive ruins of the Roman baths (1st century AD) may still be seen in the town, being the most importatn testimony of São Pedro's long tradition of thermalism.

The history of the town is linked to theKing of Portugal Afonso Henriques, who in 1152, acknowdledging the growing fame and importance of the mineral springs, granted it the status of municipality as a spa resort. He himself came to visit the springs for health - then called “Caldas Lafonenses” - where he recovered from a broken leg injured in battle. Another king, Manuel I, ordered in 1515 the construction of the new “Caldas de Lafões” Royal Hospital, which replaced the old baths, thus increasing the importance of the spa town.

In 1884 a new thermal complex was built, replacing the 300 years-old Royal Hospital. Before long, Queen Amélia also visited the spa, in 1894, to put and end to some health problems that tormented her. Because of the success of her visit, a royal decree declared that the bath should be called after her, and so remains today. The character and time of Queen Amèlia is revisited every year with special events at the eponymous thermal complex.

The arrival of São Pedro do Sul Spa and Hydrotherapy Centre to an era of Medical & Wellness Tourism, with all the new requirements of a diversified public, demands an increasing sophistication in the products and services that it offers: a modern and professional management that pays attention to the new trends of this market segment and is also ready to respond to its enormous potential, creating
 

The old Roman baths in São Pedro do Sul were listed as National Monument in 1938. Since 1950s several archaelogical digs in the area had led to the discovery of multiple Roman artifacts


Built at the beggining of the 1st century on the banks of the river Vouga, the Romans baths were active - passing trough several transformations- until the end of th 19th Century. The ruins can still be visited today.

São Pedro do Sul thermal springs are favoured by the great active fault of Verín (Spain) – Régua – Penacova making possible to conduct flows from great distances and depths. Besides the ancient spring, known since Roman times, there are several thermal wells in the area supplying, by arthesianism, hot mineral water with temperatures between 67ºC and 68.7ºC. The water is used not only at the bathouses, but also for the production of cosmetics and geothermic uses, heating non-mineral waters for domestic use.

São Pedro do Sul Thermal Baths leads the health and wellness market in Portugal, with modern top-level facilities with the latests equipments and a staff team of highly qualified professionals, offering sophisticated and varied treatments. It is specialized in the cure of respiratory and rheumatologic diseases, due to the mineralogical properties of the waters, and also offers a wide range of spa treatments.

King Afonso Henriques Baths

Built in 1987 near the Roman ruins, this three-floor thermal centre supplies classic Thermalism, physical medicine and rehabilitation and thermal wellness services. The baths have individualized hydrotherapy treatment wards equipped with hydro massage bathtubs, steam chambers for the back, steam chambers for the limbs, showers with massage, jet and needle showers, circular shower and emanatoria.

The complex includes the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation service, highly reputed in the country and abroad, where the synergy between the unique properties of the thermal waters and the techniques and the latest equipment are the key to success for those who need care in this area.

Queen D. Amelia Baths

A thermal wellness centre that retains the classic and sophisticated old-fashioned charm, offering individualised spa programmes. A place of relaxation and tranquillity, ideal for those who want to break away from the stress of everyday life. A true “SPA” with an extra ingredient: the thermal water.

If you want to take some of these water's magic with you, Sao Pedro do Sul has launched an innovative cosmetic line, the first in Portugal, formulated with thermal water: AQVA - Termas de S. Pedro do Sul Dermocosméticos.

Main Springs

Traditional spring, AC1 Bore

Earliest known use of springs:

Pre-Roman

Hottest Spring

68.7ºC

Chemical Elements

Sulphur, bicarbonates, carbonates, fluorides, highly silicate sodium sulphates

Sao Pedro do Sul leads the thermal and wellness market in Portugal, offering healt and relaxation for the whole family

The Queen D. Amelia Bath is a thermal wellness centre that retains the classic and sophisticated old-fashioned charm, offering individualised spa programmes for everybody

The King Afonso Henriques Thermal centre has a dedicated treatment rooms specially designed for children, turning it into a family-friendly health resort.

14 km away from S. Pedro do Sul, isolated at the top of Arada mountain, lays the Cistercian monastery of São Cristóvão de Lafões, an ancient place of spiritual retreat today transformed into a hotel.

Sao Pedro do Sul city hall

The Reriz Palace, built at the beggining of the 18th century, used to be the residence for Queen Amélia when she visited the baths of Sao Pedro do Sul

Both the town and the spas have an important cultural and leisure activities offer throughout the year, including concerts, jazz, cinema, exhibitions, and many gastronomic festivals. The town is also home to the annual Portuguese Hydrology Congress.