Palácio de Canavezes, a former palace property visited by the Portuguese royal family and renowned for its thermal waters, is to become the latest opening from Campbell Gray Hotels.
Expected to open in the spring of 2021, the hotel will have 52 rooms and suites all overlooking the beautiful River Tâmega on the edge of the Douro Valley.
The wellness retreat is located just 35 minutes by road from the centre of Porto and only 40 minutes from Porto Airport.
The original hotel building dates back to the early 1900s, when the Canavezes region became known for its unique hot springs and thermal, medicinal waters.
The hot springs are believed to date back to before Portugal was founded, as the Romans discovered, and bathed in them, in 110 A.D. under the rule of emperor Trajan.
They were known then as Aquae Tamacanae.
The therapeutic qualities of the thermal waters led to major development in the area, including the building of a bridge and Roman road across River Tâmega.
The Portuguese Royal Family were known to visit the area after 1143, when Portugal was founded, with the first queen of Portugal ordering a small residence to be built so she could receive treatment.
Now the original Palácio de Canavezes hotel is being…