I'm planning a holiday for next summer - I've been backpacking around Spain a few times but I've only real stayed in the Algarve in Portugal and my husband has never been anywhere outside of Barcelona (!!) so I thought it might be pretty cool to explore a bit more of Portugal this time round.
I love hot springs and have swum in them in California, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, and the thermal lake in Heviz, Hungary so I love planning holidays to places where I can visit a thermal lake or hot springs etc :)
I've heard that there are good hot springs in Chaves in northern Portugal but when I looked it up on Wikipedia it says:
The hot springs, or Caldas, of Chaves, known all over Portugal, was formerly only a group of hot water springs. Today, after recent renovations, it is a modern thermal complex, receiving thousands of visitors every year, especially in the summer. Many small guesthouses in the old part of the town are dependent on the influx of these visitors, usually men, who come annually to take the water cure.
What gives? Is this a kind of male only type place? Has anyone been before and do you know if this is actually the case?
There are other hot springs in the general region - Carvalhelhos, Vidago, Pedras Salgadas, and Verín. Might these be better? Your advice greatly appreciated!