Caldes de Malavella / Municipality
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Adre.:     CALDES DE MALAVELLA
Tel.:   34-972 47 00 05
Fax.:   34-972 47 05 25
Email:   caldes@ddgi.es
Web:   http://www.caldesdemalavella.net

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Caldes de Malavella has been a well-communicated town since ancient times. In Roman times it was situated on the Via Augusta and later, in the Middle Ages, it was at the crossroads of several of the so-called camins rals. Today, it acts as a bridge between the Barcelona-Girona road network (N-II, A-7) and the access roads to the Costa Brava. It is also quite close to the Transversal Eix road (Vic-Lleida), and the Girona-Costa Brava Airport. The fact of having a railway, from the beginning of the 19th Century, has also been of vital importance for communications with Girona and Barcelona.

 


ROMAN THERMAL BATHS
A historical monument of national interest. The Roman Thermal Baths are considered to be of great value, for what they represent and because they are the best preserved ones in ancient Aquae Calidae, today Caldes de Malavella.
They are very well preserved and in them we can find fairly high walls, and all the mechanisms for their functioning almost intact. They are an excellent example of thermal baths used for health treatment. Making the most of the townĺs thermal waters, which emerge at 60║C, the Romans constructed a building with a central pool and a series of rooms around it for receiving health treatment.
 


CASTELL DE CALDES
Three towers and a large stretch of wall is all that remains of the old castle of Caldes. Earliest records of it date from 1183, and it seems that it belonged to a family with the surname of Calidis. Although it initially belonged to the viscounty of Cabrera, it rapidly passed over to the barony of Llagostera. The remains of the Roman Thermal Baths were annexed inside its walls.
 


IGLESIA DE SANT ESTEVE
11th Century basilica-shaped church dedicated to St Stephen. Of the original building it only conserves the very large Lombard-style Romanesque apses. It has been altered and extended on various occasions and what we see today dates mainly from the 17th Century (1623). The Neo-Classical fašade presents the typical forms of the idealised world. On either side of the door, at the bottom, you can see one of the symbols of Caldes, some large boilers.
 
     

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