v15Spa Park
The Spa Park is located in the city center, more precisely in Rua Dr. Abilio Torres, St. John’s parish.
It was built between 1885 and 1886, having been designed and planted by the distinguished horticulturist and florist José Marques Loureiro, owner of Garden of Virtues, and the gardener-landscaper Jerónimo Monteiro da Costa, author of Arca D’Water Gardens, the Carregal and other historical gardens of Porto.
The trees planted Marques Loureiro reached a lush development, lending the place a unique grandeur and solemnity; We do not know no other counv14try in the park or garden with such a concentration of giant trees. The park cost $ 4,500 at the time 000 réis.Este space is considered the “lungs” dv14e Vizela due to its lush vegetation, distinguishing here numerous species of trees, some of them centuries old.
Photo: Rui Pacheco

The Park Spa is an undeniable tourist value equipment, environmental and leisure county and one of the main points of tourist reference site concelho.Este translates into an urban structure of entertainment and leisure, built in a landscaped area of significant heritage natural, namely gardens, tree species, the banks of the River Vizela, the lake, the sulphurous springs, the playground, the tennis court, the Miniature Fonseca field and Castro and the Chalet’s Park (tearoom ) .The Park is a pleasant and dynamic place, being used for conducting various cultural events and desportivos.Tudo this makes the park an ideal place for a pleasant visit.

Vizela_0008Vizela Vizela River
The derivative term “Avicella”, short for “Avis”, or the Rio Vizela “Avicella” in archaic place names, means that the smallest Ave.
With a length of about 40 kilometers, the Vizela River is part of a large group of small tributaries of the Rio Ave, still standing out Rio Selho, the skin and the east.
As for his course, this starts in the Serra da Cabreira, at the top of Morgaír, 893 meters above sea level, between the parishes of Aboim and Gontim of Fafe municipality in the district of Braga. Its source is located, about 50 meters from the geodesic mark the highest point of Morgaír.
Runs towards southwest to near Jugueiros, Felgueiras, from there, take a westerly direction and will flow into the left bank of the river Ave, near St. Michael Bird in Santo Tirso, in the district of Porto.
It was on its banks that the first civilizations settled, using and taking advantage of all that the Vizela River gave them. This offered them since their water to the fertility of the land where they were the cultivated fields or similar purpose, located in the very margins. This whole process allowed thus the development and sustenance of these civilizations, leading to population and demographic consolidation, resulting in what really is now Vizela Rio Vizela Rio Vizela 7
There were various services carried out by these related civilizations, or not, with Rio Vizela. We can highlight the cult of the “God borvo”, the deity of waters, whose aim was basically to protect “superior” to the dangers of nature and also so that the water of this river never lacking, as well as the fish itself, among other types of religious denominations represented in ancient times.
Over the years, not only were the ancient civilizations who settled on the banks of the River Vizela, too, and after some development, appeared along each different margin industries, among which stand out the paper, textile and footwear, among others worth mentioning, that catapulted Vizela for progress and national recognition in a hasty manner and without providing consequences.
In fact, this is noted at present through the bed “colorful” River Vizela, the victim of an enemy of man, Pollution, and an overwhelming number of companies that do not respect what belongs to everyone, for the sake of “greed “retreating in the image that once prevailed in the heart of all vizelenses.
In fact, it is alarming pollution levels found in this small tributary of the River Ave, leaving a taste “bitter” and “lit” revolt against all those who, at all costs and unprincipled attempt to exterminate the Vizela River, source of our origins.
It remains for us, then wait for the man to consciencialize, realizing the wealth that is definitely the Vizela River, leaving it back to its grandeur and returning to “Muse” of numerous artists.

v16Vizela Spa
It is already long the current city of Vizela is known as the “Queen of Portugal Baths”.
Vizela was the scene of true year “limelight” but also witnessed years of steep decline, yet Spa survived all the achievements and re-conquests of the region, having always maintained its activity.
The Vizela waters were exploited for commercial purposes since ancient times. These waters that sprouted sources with varying degrees of heat were sold in barrels, for the rich lords of Porto and Guimarães take advantage of them in their private baths.
By the century. XVIII, there were about 5 pools of water, where only the most disadvantaged bathed because the conditions were actually still unsuitable for the practice of hydrotherapy.

Features – They have very important characteristics for the health of those who need them. Hyperthermal waters are weakly mineralized, sulphurous, with sodium and fluoride.
Therapeutic Indications – It consists in the treatment of chronic rheumatism, neurological diseases and trauma, chronic airway diseases and also skin diseases.
Healing means – are the most diverse, they all applied in Vizela: water intake, immersion baths (in individual bathtubs and collective pools), underwater immersion baths, whirlpools, massages, Vichy showers, sauna, steam to the column ( Bertholet), irrigation, spraying, inhalations, emanatório, medicinal mud, aerosols, electrotherapy and mechanotherapy. The complete treatment lasts from fifteen to twenty days, and a half hours per day.
Facts – 33 These springs differ from each other, and their temperatures vary between 15ºC and 65ºC. The flow of several springs exceeds one million liters per day. 4 artesian wells were made with depths between 70 and 85 meters, with a flow rate of 39ºC to 65ºC. Expert opinions considering our waters as one of the best among the best hot sulfuric waters of Portugal.








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