Termas de São Pedro do Sul

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About Termas de São Pedro do Sul

One of the reasons for deciding to come to Termas de S. Pedro do Sul has its roots in history. The first vestiges of the use of its thermal waters for curative and wellness purposes are lost in time. They can even refer us to the Prehistory of humanity.
We can observe several vestiges of the passage of the Romans followed by many of our greatest kings as D. Afonso Henriques and D. Manuel I. It is, therefore, a wisdom made of several millennia, multiple experiences and permanent positive results to sustain the use of this thermal water throughout history.
In fact, the oldest testimonies of the use of the thermal waters have already more than two thousand years. They are of the Romans, that spread throughout the western world the magic of the thermal waters, the most important and ancient patrimonial vestiges: they built the first Roman Balneum in the first years of the Christian era. Later, in the twelfth century, the so-called Caldas Lafonenses are noticed again: in 1152, D. Afonso Henriques, recognizing the growing importance of the village where such special waters flowed, granted the 1st Charter to Vila do Banho, thus granting it the importance of a county. And it is the very first King of Portugal who, in 1169, after a broken leg suffered in the battle of Badajoz, will be recovering to Caldas Lafonenses, in Vila do Banho, now Termas de S. Pedro do Sul. He ordered the construction of the small chapel of S. Martinho, still open to the public.
In the early years of the sixteenth century, it was King Manuel I who decided to develop the Caldas Lafonenses, building on a Royal Hospital of Caldas de Lafões and granting, in 1515, a new Charter to Vila do Banho, increasing its skills and importance.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Termas de S. Pedro do Sul knew a new impulse and modernization. In 1884, the Municipality of S. Pedro do Sul decided to build a modern facility that will replace the tricentennial Royal Hospital of Caldas de Lafões. Ten years later, in 1894, Queen Amelia came to the baths for the first time, dealing with some physical problems that tormented her. And with such results that, a year later, a Royal Decree was approved determining that Caldas de Lafões would be renamed Caldas da Rainha D. Amélia.
It is already in the 20th century, with the Republic, in 1910, that they start to be called Termas de S. Pedro do Sul. And it is also at the end of the century, in 1987, that a new bathhouse is inaugurated, the Centro Termal, beginning at the same time, the modernization of the existing building Balneário Rainha D. Amélia.
 The first decade of the 21st century, corresponding to the beginning of the 3rd millennium of Termas de S. Pedro do Sul, marks its greatest and most significant impulse of modernization and expand. In eight years, Termas de S. Pedro do Sul are unrecognizable: more modern, with state-of-the-art thermal equipment, more attractive and with a highly qualified professional service. It is the entrance in the era of Health & Wellness Tourism, with new demands from the public, with different profiles, demanding a growing sophistication of offers, modern management, professional and attentive to new trends of this market segment, but also ready to correspond to its enormous potential.
The experience of its programs, even in the area of ​​Wellness, which can be experienced on a weekend, will quickly end with the myth that the spa is only for seniors. Many young adults, in the 20s, 30s and 40s, more and more, come to revitalize themselves in the magic of the hot springs of S. Pedro do Sul.

“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 kilometres 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 by 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.

Historical Background
Extensive ruins of the Roman baths (1st century AD) may still be seen in the town, being the most important testimony of São Pedro’s long tradition of thermalism. 
The history of the town is linked to the King of Portugal Afonso Henriques, who in 1152, acknowledging the growing fame and importance of the mineral springs, granted it the status of a 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 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 an 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 are 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: 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 the 1950s several archaeological digs in the area had led to the discovery of multiple Roman artefacts

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

The Hot Spring Waters and Spas
São Pedro do Sul thermal springs are favoured by the great active fault of Verín (Spain) – Régua – Penacova making it 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 bathhouses 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 latest types of equipment 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 showers and emanatory. 
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 is 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: thermal water. 
If you want to take some of this 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.”


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