Chaves-Verín is made up of two different towns that come together to form a Eurocity spanning the border between Spain and Portugal. The thermal spa region also stretches far enough south to include the town of Vidago, creating a Thermal and Water Route that extends for nearly 30 miles.
The area is linked by the water than flows through it, whether that’s the serene River Támega or thermal springs with names like Cabreiroá, Sousas, Campillo and Vilarelho da Raia. Depending on which town you are in (Chaves or Verín), the mineral-laden waters are used to aid different ailments. In the former, bathing has been a tradition for many years and is done to help arthritis and other joint concerns. In the latter, however, the water is ingested to help battle kidney and stomach issues. These thermal springs are caused by a fault line in the tectonic plate that lies under the Eurocity.
Along with spas, the area has an abundance of nature spots that offer walking, mountain biking and birdwatching. A blend of influences from either side of the Raia (border) means you’ll be able to enjoy some gastronomic delights on your visit to Chaves-Verín.