6 places you cannot miss in Caldes de Malavella
Halfway between the Costa Brava and the Sierra de Guilleries, we find Caldes de Malavella, a place full of history where you can pamper yourself and enjoy the properties of its thermal waters. A Villa with character where you will not get bored.
These are the 6 places you cannot miss in Caldes de Malavella:
Museum Center and Tourist Attention Point. It is the first place where you should go on arrival at the thermal village.
The AQUAE Space in Caldes de Malavella is an interpretation center where research, teaching and interpretation of the heritage of Caldes are combined. A journey through the natural and cultural legacy forged over time by its waters, through nine exhibition spaces.
More information: https://www.visitcaldes.cat/espai-aquae/
ROMAN TERMS AND THE PUIG DE SANT GRAU
Going to Caldes de Malavella and not visiting the Roman baths is like going to Rome and not visiting the Coliseum. They are the best preserved Roman remains in the municipality and are part of the Sant Grau thermal building that was built around 50 AD on a previous spa from the 2nd-1st centuries BC. When you go, think that you are seeing a monument declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest (BCIN)
More information: https://www.visitcaldes.cat/que-fer/termes-romanes/
EL CAMPO DE LOS MUÑECOS PALEONTOLOGICAL SITE
One of the few deposits that allow the reconstruction of an entire ecosystem of about 3 million years ago, specifically from the period known as the Upper Pliocene. The singularity, diversity and exceptionality of the materials uncovered so far have made the site have been declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest (BCIN) by the Generalitat of Catalonia, with the aim of protecting the environment, promoting itself including scientific research and to transmit the results obtained to society.
More information: https://www.visitcaldes.cat/camp-dels-ninots/
SPA AND FOUNTAINS
The springs of thermal water are a unique element of Caldes, which have defined the character since ancient times. Its streets, squares and gardens are full of heritage elements that reflect a historical legacy forged through the close link between these waters and their villagers: the Roman Baths, the Spas, the modernist houses, the promenade spaces...
Currently, in Caldes de Malavella there are three places where thermal water arises at an average of 56ºC-60ºC:
- Puig de las Almas, within the Vichy Catalán grounds, where we find the Spa and the bottling plant
- Puig de Sant Grau, where the sources of San Narciso and the Bullidors are, the Roman Baths and the San Narciso and Imperial bottling plants
- Puig de las Moleres, where we find the source of La Mina or Rayo de Mel, and the Agua Malavella bottling plant. And where the water is channeled to the Prats Spa
The recognized properties of the thermal water through the thermal baths favored that it was bottled so that patients could continue the treatment at home. This would be the embryo of the industrial use of thermal water, which had several promoters and became an economic engine for the population.
More information: https://www.visitcaldes.cat/que-fer/balnearis-i-fonts/
SAN MAURICIO AND THE CASTLE OF LA MALAVELLA
Caldes de Malavella could not exist without a legend on the back of its history. A place as fantastic as Caldes, whose origins are lost in time, where the earth has made miraculous waters flow and who knows if it is also of fantastic origin, it could not be otherwise that it also offered us one of the most heartfelt legends and popular that, according to some voices, could have given a surname in the town: the legend of the malavella.
The legend of the Malavella is located in the magical place of the Castillo de la Malavella and the hermitage of San Mauricio, a place where a feudal, bad and old lady was defeated to free the population of Caldes from the abusive taxes it had on them. habituated and also the constant disappearance of Caldenc children.
The architecture of the early nineteenth century and the spas in Caldes de Malavella has given the town its own personality, recognized in parts through its spa activity. The beginning of the spa phenomenon at the end of the 19th century contributed to the exploitation of the waters and the urban development of the population.
The modernist and noucentist architecture and eclecticism that we can still observe today is the testimony of a time of splendor and development of the city, in which the bourgeoisie, a new wealthy class emphasized the healing properties of the thermal waters and gave a new value to rural society.
Source: Caldes de Malavella City Council