A Chavasqueira is the first thermal area we will find in Minho’s Thermal Route, a few metres away from the spectacular Millennium Bridge, being the closest one to the city centre. This is a set of small outdoor natural pools, adapted for bathing and built in stone, in which the water temperature is around 40°.
The place was once known as “Caldas do Bispo” (Bishop’s hot springs), referring to Cardinal Quevedo, who in the 19th century ordered to prepare them for the convenience of the patients who came to the site looking for a thermal cure. The bishop himself adapted a space for his private enjoyment, a pavilion of stone that can be seen inside the thermal station. The set is also closely linked to the now-defunct As Caldas spa.
The pools are in a large green area for recreation and have changing rooms, toilets and lockers for bathers. Next to the river bank and in the water, there is a statue of a mermaid, made by sculptor Acisclo Manzano; depending on the flow it can be seen be seen in it whole or partially covered by water.
A Chavasqueira waters have weak mineralization, lithium, alkaline, fluroride, sulfur and silicates. Their properties are particularly suitable for skin and musculoskeletal diseases.