Follow the Steps of Princess Mafalda - Health and Well-Being

Thermal Circuit Church of the Saviour of Cabeça Santa. Detail of the South Side Portal Church of Saint Genesius of Boelhe  Church of Saint Peter of Abragão  Hill Fort of Monte Mozinho Memorial of Ermida Monastery of Saint Peter of Cête Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa
Learn about some of the monuments connected, according to legend, to the life and work of Princess Mafalda, daughter of King Sancho I and granddaughter of King Afonso Henriques. Take to opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries in the Baths of São Vicente. 

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Programme of the Visit 

1st day

2nd day

3rd day

1st day- Friday

Check-in and dinner at the hotel


2nd day - Saturday

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel
Thermal Circuit -  Massage and SPA Treatment
The waters of São Vicente, in Penafiel, have been famous since the Roman period and are considered the most alkaline of all sulphurous waters in Portugal.
Lunch at the restaurant Aliança
AFTERNOON Church of the Saviour of Cabeça Santa 
The name of the Church of Cabeça Santa is connected to the devotion of Princess Mafalda, daughter of King Sancho I and granddaughter of King Afonso Henriques, to the relic of a consecrated entity kept therein, the Holy Head (Cabeça Santa). This Church is an excellent example to understand the Portuguese Romanesque architecture. The south portal depicts a street performer, a symbol of the duality between the sacred and the profane.
Church of Saint Genesius of Boelhe 
Tradition attributes the foundation of the Church of Boelhe either to the daughter of King Sancho I, Princess Mafalda, sometimes to his grandmother, Queen Mafalda, wife of King Afonso Henriques. In the north façade, the modillions present a significant variety of motifs, from bull heads to men carrying stones.
Church of Saint Peter of Abragão 
The Church of Abragão keeps the chevet of the Romanesque period, significant testimony of the Romanesque architecture of the Tâmega and Sousa. Outside, the frieze composed of geometric motifs evokes the decoration of the churches of the Visigothic and Mozarabic times. This Church has been documented since 1105. However, the chevet which tradition attributes to the initiative of Princess Mafalda, daughter of King Sancho I and granddaughter of King  Afonso Henriques, dates from the second quarter of the 13th century.
EVENING Dinner at the restaurant O Farela

3rd day - Sunday

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel and check-out

Hill Fort of Monte Mozinho
The occupation in this village lasted longer than usual in these ancient cities. The earliest traces date back to the first century AD and continued until the Middle Ages. It occupies an area that exceeds 200 thousand square meters.

Memorial of Ermida
A monument of great interest and that corresponds to a typology of which only six buildings are left in the whole country.
Monastery of Saint Peter of Cête
A visit to this Monastery still shows how ancient the roots of the territorial organization of the parish are. It also clarifies the important role that the Religious Orders have played in the formation and consolidation of the kingdom. In the 10th and 11th centuries, the period of the Reconquest, the presence of a church was the best sign of the territory’s organization and population.
Free lunch
AFTERNOON Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa 
A monument quite crucial for understanding the architecture of the Romanesque of the Tâmega and Sousa. Its singular features, in architecture as in sculpture, and the fact that it retains the tomb of Egas Moniz, the schoolmaster and governor of the first king of Portugal, turn this former Benedictine monastery into one of the most appealing and prestigious testimonies of the Portuguese Romanesque architecture.


Price per person in double room:

Termas de São Vicente Palace Hotel & SPA****: 242,00€
VAT included
Children from 5 to 9: 50%

The price includes two nights on a bed and breakfast scheme, admission at the indicated locations, touring by an official guide, guided tour to the monuments of Route of the Romanesque by a qualified heritage expert, free access to the Thermal Circuit (dynamic pool with jacuzzi, waterfalls, underwater, counter-currents, aerobath, sauna, Turkish bath and sensations shower), a body massage with essential and eastern oils for two, meals mentioned, tranfers*, transportation and personal injury insurance.

Program for individuals. Special conditions for groups.

Customisable standard programme, subject to availability and reconfirmation of prices.

Dates: all year round, except Christmas and New Year.

* Transfers to and from the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro (Porto).

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