Local Dry Cakes of Caldas da Rainha (Cavacas) History
Cavacas as well as Beijinhos das Caldas (a replica of Cavacas but in a smaller point) are a tradition of local sweets and are part of the typical gastronomy of the region. Nowadays there are already other sweets that make the city a desirable place to treat "gluttony", an example of which is the Torta da Teasing which we will talk about in another article.
However, they are the Cavacas for which we are known here in the city, which is a strong pole of attraction to some of the city's pastry shops and stores scattered throughout the city but with greater concentration in the historic center, namely between Largo do Hospital Termal and Praça da Fruta.
He says that the history of these treats is linked to the old parish of S. Gregório in Caldas da Rainha, where the sisters Rosalina and Gertrudes Carlota were born.
These two sisters were confectioners in the Court of King D. Carlos I (this one also with strong connections to the city), and after his murder they returned to the land that saw them born, and here they started to produce and sell Cavacas in the Hospital square Thermal
Since then these sweets have become the image of the city, being sought after not only by the locals but also by the aquistas who sought Caldas da Rainha to do their thermal treatments.
Other places to visit nearby
These are some places near the stores that sell the local dry cakes Cavacas of Caldas da Rainha:
Being a traditional sweet from Caldas da Rainha, there are several houses that sell and produce it, here are some of the places where you can buy the famous Cavacas:
- Pena Grocery Store
- Praça da Fruta
- Central Café
- Largo do Hospital