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Portugal’s Palácio de Canavezes restored to former glory

Portugal’s Palácio de Canavezes, a former Palace hotel visited by the Portuguese Royal Family and renowned for its famous thermal waters, will open in May 2021.

Palácio de Canavezes, which is part of the Campbell Gray Hotels portfolio, will have 52 rooms and suites all overlooking the beautiful River Tâmega on the edge of the Douro Valley. In addition to the 52 rooms and suites, there will be a restaurant and terrace with views of the river, a PUREGRAY health and wellness facility, an indoor swimming pool, as well as a sauna and steam room.

The original building dates back to the early 1900s, when the Canavezes region became known for its unique hot springs and thermal, medicinal waters. Visitors travelled to the area to seek treatment for early 20th Century ailments and believed in the area’s healing properties and restoring the skin’s youthful glow. The hotel’s treatment rooms and hammam are built into the rockface on which the resort is built.

The landscaped gardens, overlooking one of the most beautiful river valleys in Portugal, extend to the water’s edge and jetty for water sports. The wellbeing philosophy will define the cuisine, taking full advantage of the rich produce grown locally and there will be a merging of classic dishes with nutrition and culinary art. The wellness retreat is located just 35 minutes by road from the centre of Porto and only 40 minutes from Porto Airport.


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