Just 35 kilometres from Barcelona, in the Vallés region, lies the town of Caldes de Montbui and the town that bears the same name. As you can guess from its name, the reason that this town has become an important tourism centre is the fact that it has many spas with hot springs.
The thermal waters that emerge from the deep gorges of the earth and flow into its streets at a temperature of over 70 degrees Celsius were discovered during the Roman Empire times. It was the Romans who built the famous Roman baths in the 1st century and these baths still remain to this day. They are considered to be the best preserved spas of the peninsula.
Right next to the Roman baths, you will come across the León Cathedral. This gothic cathedral was built in the sixteenth century and has undergone several renovations in subsequent years. The hot spa waters that come from this source consist of a rich mineral composition and contain many healing properties.
If you want to get to know an authentic catalán village, Caldes de Montbui retains the essence of the Catalan culture. The village centre has been completely renovated and maintains the way it looked in the late nineteenth century when spa activities gained the greatest importance.
Near Major, the main street in Caldes de Montbui, you will find numerous restaurants to sample authentic Catalan food.
Despite all the activity generated around the hot springs in the area it is not the only attraction that has made Caldes de Montbui such a popular resort. You should not miss the other interesting tourist attractions, such as the parish church or Thermalia Museum.
The Santa María church is gothic, but its main entrance, with its stunning twisted columns, is considered one of the masterpieces of the Catalan Baroque.
The Caldes de Montbui Museum, also known as Thermalia, is another unmissable visit. It is located in a fourteenth century building, the former Santa Ana Hospital, and allows you to take a very interesting tour through the history of this region. Inside the museum, the particular highlights are the permanent collection of the Catalan artist Manolo Hugué as well as the works of Pablo Picasso. In addition, temporary exhibitions that take place every two months usually receive lots of interest.
To complete the full picture of this small town, you will find it very interesting to walk through its streets and discover the various squares, the remains of medieval walls, and the friendliness of its people.