Suggestions in this region 7 Regions NORTH TRÁS-OS-MONTES CHAVES
Ponte Romana sobre o Tâmega
Castelo de Chaves
Castelo de Monforte
Castelo de S. Estevão
Forte de S. Neutel
Capela da Sr.ª da Lapa
Igreja da Misericórdia
Igreja de S. João da Castanheira
Igreja da Sr.ª da Azinheira


Warm-hearted city full of History

Despite several vestiges testifying the existence of villages dating back to Palaeolithic period, the Romans were the first ones to implement here the first major villages. Seduced by the water quality and by the gold of Padrela mountain, they settled here, building Trajano Bridge, still in use nowadays. Roman colonization lasted until Barbarian invasions. The Moors came in the beginning of the 8th century; however D. Afonso III, King of Leon, permanently conquered the city back in the 11th century. In 1160, Chaves became part of Portuguese territory. Due to its location near the Spanish border, King D. Dinis erected both the castle and the walls that still surround the former city. In 1253,D. Afonso III married his niced D. beatriz, daughter of Afonso X, in Chaves. This King gave the first “foral” (Royal document) to the city, on May 15th 1258. On March 12th, Marshall Soult occupied the city in the beginning of the 2nd French Invasion, and headed south towards Porto. The city was conquered back by the troops of general Silveira. On July 8th 1912, the Royal troops fought the Republican troops, putting an end to the 1st monarchical raid. This fight is evoked in the Lisbon avenue called “Avenida dos Defensores de Chaves” (Avenue of Chaves Defenders). On March 12th 1929 Chaves became a city. It is the capital of Alto Tâmega and Barroso regions, offering a valuable historical, archaeological and landscape heritage, as well as a lively cultural life. The visitor is seduced by the river, the thermal stations, the gardens and the public spaces. Chaves has a rich gastronomy, whose major highlight is Chaves smoked ham. There are many reasons to visit this region.


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