Welcome to Chaves
All of these remnants testify to Chaves’ earlier strategic importance in controlling the small but fertile plain that surrounds it. Romans built a key garrison here, that was subsequently contested by the Visigoths, Moors, French and Spanish. The city saw particularly fierce fighting during the Napoleonic invasion, when it was at the forefront of the resistance against French domination.
Nowadays Chaves is a placid backwater, where the Portuguese come to pamper themselves in the natural hot springs that bubble up in the city’s heart.