Medical Spa Monte Real History
The Monte Real waters were already used by the Romans as witnessed by the roman small altar as well several coins of that period found by the spring in one of the excavations done in 1806/1807 ordered then by the Bishop of Leiria, D. Manuel Aguiar who erected a brick house with two cubicles each one with a bath for baths.
The story tells that the Queen Saint Izabel, during her stays in Monte Real with King D. Diniz, used to give this water to the sick people who looked for it.
Around 1916, an industrial and wealthy man from Ortigosa, Manuel da Silva Pereira, acquired at a public auction to the City Hall of Leiria, the property of the spring at the time almost abandoned.
Also bought the surrounding land, opened the avenue of the Bath, built the thermal Spas and a grand hotel and started an organized marketing propaganda throughout the country.
In 1925 he left his estate to his nephew, Olympio Duarte Alves, and from then on the resurgence of Monte Real started.
With a plan elaborated by the Korrodi architects, father and son, the hotel was concluded and immediately began business, transformed the Thermal Spas with better equipment for the treatments.
From de 50’s to the 80’s these were the Bath Spas with most business in Portugal and in the Iberian Peninsula.
Known people like Dr. Adolfo Coelho da Rocha – the actual full name of the well-known writer Miguel Torga, D. Maria Teresa de Noronha – socialite and fado singer and many more like more recently the historian Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão, are among the many guests.
In 2005 the Monte Real Bath Centre were acquired by Grupo Lena and after that a great work of construction took place both in the hotel and in the bath centre with the reopening in 2009 of one of the top, most modern, bath facilities in the country.
These days the Resort is consists of the hotel, bath centre and day Spa all surrounded by 24 hectares of lush green land.