One of the reasons for deciding to go to the Baths of S. Pedro do Sul has its roots in history. The first vestiges of the use of its thermal waters for curative and well-being purposes are lost in time. They even refer us to the Prehistory of humanity.
But if these are no longer easily visible, the same does not happen with the use that the Romans made of these waters, followed by many of our greatest kings as D. Afonso Henriques and D. Manuel I. It is, therefore, a wisdom made of several millennia, of multiple experiences and permanent positive results to sustain throughout history that same use …
In fact, they have more than two thousand years, the earliest testimonies castrejos of the use of the thermal waters, in the place where today the Spa of S. Pedro of the South is located. But they are of the Romans, who spread throughout the western world to the magic of the thermal waters that the Greeks had discovered before, the most important and ancient patrimonial remains: still can be seen several components in stone (for several years waiting for recovery on the part of the IPPAR) of what was the built Roman Balneum in the first years of the first century of the Christian era. Later, as early as the twelfth century, the so-called Caldas Lafonenses are again the object of interest and news. In 1152, D. Afonso Henriques, recognizing the growing importance of the village where such special waters flowed, granted the 1 Foral to the Bathing Village, granting him the importance of a county. And it is the very first King of Portugal, in 1169, after fracture of the leg suffered in the battle of Badajoz, that will physically recover to the Lafonenses Caldas in the Bathing Village, today Termas de S. Pedro do Sul; where he built a small Chapel at S. Martinho, still open to the public.
Already in the early years of the 16th century, it was King Manuel I who decided to develop the Caldas Lafonenses, building on the site the Royal Hospital of Caldes de Lafões and granting, in 1515, a new Foral to the Bathing Village, increasing its skills and importance.
Once again in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Termas de S. Pedro do Sul know a new impulse and modernization. In 1884, the Municipality of S. Pedro do Sul decided to build a modern Spa that will replace the tricentennial Royal Hospital of Caldas de Lafões. And ten years later, in 1894, Queen Amelia went to the baths for the first time in the new Spa, dealing with some physical problems that were overwhelming her … And with such results, a year later, a Royal Decree determining that the Caldas de Lafões should be renamed Caldas da Rainha D. Amélia.
And in the twentieth century with the Republic, in 1910, these are now termed Termas de S. Pedro do Sul. And it is still at the end of the century, in 1987 that a new spa is inaugurated, the Thermal Center, at the same time, the modernization of the existing Spa and then called Queen Amelia.
BEGINNING OF THE 3RD MILLENNIUM KNOW THE GREATEST EVER MODERNIZATION
The first decade of the 21st century, corresponding to the beginning of the 3rd millennium of the Spa of S. Pedro do Sul, marks the greatest and most significant impulse to modernize and expand its history. In the space of eight years, the new Termas de S. Pedro do Sul are unrecognizable: more modern, with state-of-the-art thermal equipment, more attractive and with a highly qualified professional service, where even the contemporary creativity of a stylist such as Lieutenant , which designed all the equipment of the spa professionals. As well as your merchandising line.
It is the entrance of the Spa of S. Pedro do Sul in the era of Health Tourism & Well-Being, with new demands from the public, different profiles, demanding a growing sophistication of offerings, modern management, professional and attentive to the new trends of this market segment, but also ready to meet its enormous potential.
And the experience of some of their programs, even in the area of Wellness, which can be experienced on a weekend, will quickly end with an old myth of less than a hundred years: the myth that spas are only for seniors … Let young adults, with 20,30 and 40 years, who recovering practices of the Greeks, Romans and many of our kings and ancestors, in increasing numbers, are going to revitalize in the magic of the thermal waters of S. Pedro do Sul.