History

It all started over 2,000 years ago

1st and 2nd CENTURIES

There is historical evidence that the waters of Caldes de Boí were already being used therapeutically by the Romans.

1st and 2nd CENTURIES
11th CENTURY

11th CENTURY

The therapeutic effects of the waters were put down to healing miracles. For this reason, the turnout at this picturesque place was ever larger, and it became necessary to make a lodging.

During this time, the whole Boí Valley, and therefore Caldes de Boí, were feudal territories under the control of the Barons of Erill. The construction of the beautiful Romanesque churches all through the valley is due to this family.

15th CENTURY

At the end of the 15th century, the Junta de San Roque was named, formed by the two oldest parish priests in Boí and three wealthy landlords, which was the group that co-ordinated and managed the mass arrival of pilgrims and bathers to the Caldes de Boí Sanctuary.

15th CENTURY
17th CENTURY

17th CENTURY

By 1657, the Bath House already existed. The monks managed a sort of rudimentary spa, which received the unwell, who paid whatever they could.

19th CENTURY

Due to its religious character, Caldes de Boí was subject to the Mendizábal disentailment law and in 1834 it began to be managed by the provincial council of Lérida. In 1868 the first natural heater was opened. On 20th December 1887, the minero-medicinal waters of Caldes de Boí were declared a public utility. Federico Vallmitjana, a jeweller from Barcelona, bought the Baths of Caldes from Lleida Council in 1896.

19th CENTURY
20th CENTURY

20th CENTURY

When Federico Vallmitjana died, his granddaughter María José Joaniquet married Walter Ankli from Switzerland. He visited the Pyrennees in the 50s and the Boí valley and fell in love with the surroundings that reminded him much of his homeland, Switzerland, and for this reason he decided to buy the Spa and began to invest in it:

In 1953 he put the outdoor pool in operation with water from the Font del Bou.

In 1956 he built the Hotel Manantial and the swimming pools, and improved the baths.

Between 1962 and 1973, he extended the Hotel Manantial and configured its current structure.

21st CENTURY

The variety of water that the Baths have is unequalled and for this reason today they appear in the Guinness Book of World Records (37 springs).

The Ankli family has been a key turning point in the development of hydrotherapy in the Pyrenees in the last 100 years. Traditional and authentic hydrotherapy that today is the most important leader of health tourism in the high mountains of the Pyrenees, also, encircled by unique natural and cultural surroundings such as the Boí Valley. Between 2002 and 2006 the Thermal Station and the Manantial and Caldes Hotels were refurbished. And the story continues, and will continue, to be written.

The "Thermal Dermatological Cosmetic" range Caldes de Boí in your skin was created to bring the skin a unique, millennial active ingredient – the minero-medicinal waters of Caldes de Boí.

21st CENTURY