Caldas da Rainha
D. Carlos I Park
Conceived and designed by the architect and administrator of the Thermal Hospital, Rodrigo Berquó, D. Carlos I Park came to replace an old “Walk Cup”, established in 1799.
There took place some steps used in thermal recovery treatments – walking and staying in touch with nature.
Between 1889 and 1891 the “Walk Cup” was renovated and expanded through several phases from enlargement, the construction of the artificial lake and its wooded and landscaped island, to the beautification using diverse vegetation planting, sealing and policing space.
In 1904 electric lighting was installed, which quickly became one of the main attractions on bathing season nights.
Among numerous sports activities in the D. Carlos I Park, people can also hear music in the gazebo and seen movies in the Hall Iberia.
Park D. Carlos I is a big green stain in the city’s’ map and it is for Caldas da Rainha as Central Park is to New York!
There you can see more than 70 species of flora as well as a variety of birds from all over the world which is the representation of the cosmopolitanism lived in Caldas at that time.
D. Carlos I Park is one of the caldenses main meeting points and one of the most visited places in the city not only because of its’ history but also for its thermal architectural complex.
Alongside natures’ importance, many other attractions can be found here. This is where lies the José Malhoa Museum, a museum with emphasis on the Portuguese art history.