Top things to do in Chaves

Wine Bar in Chaves

Adega Faustino

Resembling a fire station from the outside, this cavernous ex-winery oozes atmosphere inside, with cobblestoned floors and gigantic wine casks lined up behind the bar. The menu features a long list of carefully prep…
Tower in Chaves

Torre de Menagem

The lovely Torre de Menagem (castle keep) stands alone on a grassy embankment behind Chaves' main square, the only major remnant of a 14th-century castle built by Dom Dinis. Around the tower are attractive manicured…
Fort in Chaves

Forte de São Francisco

Reached by a drawbridge and bordered by a park with floral designs, hedges and grand old oaks, the 17th-century Forte de São Francisco is the centrepiece of Chaves’ old town. The fort, with its thick walls, was comp…
Bridge in Chaves

Ponte Romana

Chaves’ handsome, 140m-long, Roman-era bridge makes a lovely place for a car-free stroll. The span was completed in AD 104 by order of Emperor Trajan (hence its other name, Ponte Trajano). It likely served as a key …
Museum in Chaves

Museu da Região Flaviense

Small but interesting, this regional archaeological-ethnographic museum has lots of Roman artefacts, plus a collection of pre-Roman jewellery, bronze tools, grinding stones and menhirs, some dating back over 2500 ye…
Tapas in Chaves

Paprika & Cacau

Right in the historic heart of Chaves, with views of the castle, this quaint Galician-owned restaurant serves up locally sourced Spanish-style treats in portions larger than normal tapas but smaller than full meals.
Portuguese in Chaves


Carvalho’s top-notch regional dishes have earned recognition as some of Portugal’s best. It is hidden away amid the cluster of parkside cafes opposite the Jardim do Tabolado.
Bakery in Chaves

Forno Regional João Padeiro

Snack on tasty regional treats at this corner bakery, including the trademark folar de Chaves (big pillowy loaves filled with bacon and local smoked pork sausages such as linguiça and salpicão).
Performing Arts in Chaves

Centro Cultural de Chaves

Chaves’ cultural centre stages regular concerts, plays and other events, most of them free of charge. For details on current shows, see the monthly Agenda Cultural, available at the turismo.
Museum in Chaves

Museu Militar

The Torre de Menagem now houses a motley collection of military gear in the Museu Militar. There are lovely views from the rooftop terrace, reached by a ­series of creaky stairs.