Vila do Conde Travel Guide

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  • Vila do Conde
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Vila do Conde Things to Do

  • Museu do Mar/Maritime Museum

    This museum is situated in the building of former Royal Customs and dedicated to the sailors and shipbuilders of Vila do Conde. In the fifteenth century Vila do Conde became important center of sea trade and King João II by the letter dated 27th February 1487 established the Royal Customs there. You can also visit the replica of typical Portuguese...

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  • Aqueduct of Vila do Conde

    Originally formed by 999 arches, with about 4 km, it is the second longest aqueduct in Portugal. The artificial canal was built between 1705 and 1714 from the Santa Clara Convent to the east (Terroso, Póvoa de Varzim), with the aim of bringing water to the monastery fountain, through its arches.

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  • Nossa Senhora do Socorro Chapel

    This is neither mosque nor synagogue located in a massive rock overlooking the River Ave, this is the Roman Cotholic Nossa Senhora do Socorro Chapel and it presents a peculiar architecture, with a square plan, covered by a dome. Interior decoration consists of beautiful, eighteenth century tiles, representing the life of Christ and rococo style...

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  • Forte de São João Baptista

    The Fort of Saint John the Baptist is situated outside the heart of town, in the seashore beach area and entertainment zone. The fort was constructed by the mid of XVII-th century to defend the harbor at the mouth of river Ave. It has polygonal plan with 5 bastions at its corners protected by watchtowers. The structure was declared Property of...

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  • Igreja Matriz. Interior.

    Although construction of the church started yet in 1496 but only the passage of King Manuel through Vila do Conde during his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1502 helped to develop some important infrastructures in the city and Igreja Matriz or Church of our Lady was among them. King Manuel introduced special tax to get the money and finance...

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  • Igreja Matriz

    Although construction of the church started yet in 1496 but only the passage of King Manuel through Vila do Conde during his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1502 helped to develop some important infrastructures in the city and Igreja Matriz or Church of our Lady is among them. King Manuel introduced special tax to get the money and finance...

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  • Church of the Convent of Santa Clara

    The church of convent of Santa Clara is the earliest religious building of the convent. That church was founded together with convent in 1318 by Infante Afonso Sanches and his wife Teresa Martins de Menezis. Architecture of the church is expressively Gothic and Manueline In plan church represents a Latin cross with a single nave and a large...

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  • Convent of Santa Clara

    Convent of Santa Clara was founded in 1318 by Infante Afonso Sanches and his wife Teresa Martins de Menezis. Afonso Sanches was the illegitimate son of King Dinis I. This is the reason why he and his wife were buried in the church of Santa Clara situated near the huge building of Convent. The present building of Convent itself was built in 1777 in...

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  • vila do conde

    This is where the 999 arcs of Vila do Conde end at the Santa Clara convente. They brought the fresh water from a fountain in Teroso that is about 6 km away. And no they don't work present day many of the arcs are broken and in some places don't exist any more. Which is a shame for such nice arcs that survived for so long.

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  • Vila do conde

    In vila do conde alot of people from the caxinas ( A place in vila do conde where a big deal of fishermen live) live off the sea . fishing is there only income so if they don't go out they dont get any fish to sell in the market's or side of the street's .So many die because they go out to sea in bad weatherin in small boat's and don't come back so...

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  • Vila do conde

    This is the castle of vila do conde it not very big compered to the outher castle in portugal but it is are pride and joy . lol :)

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  • Vila do conde

    The beautiful garden of Vila do Conde witch is located at the side of the bridge entrance to Vila do Conde, just below the convent of Santa Clara. On the summer months many newly weds come here to take pictures. This is where i came to take my wedding pictures

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    The restaurant Caximar. 4 more images

    by northsea Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    We didn't knew where to go for dinner, and by coincidence we saw this restaurant build right on the beach surrounded by sand,rocks and overlooking the ocean. We didn't had high exeptations, as the gastronomy in Portugal is not known for being a "bonne cuisine". But what a good surprise.!!!
    This place is known as a family restaurant during the week-ends. We had to wait for a table and could take our aperitif in a cosy corner near to the bar.
    The waiters and the owner were very accommodating. The prices were very fair for this quality of dining. Be sure to reserve.

    What is very strange in Portugal.....You can have the best fish and a great diversity of it, as long as you stay on the coastline. The moment you go for 10km inland, you can only find bacalhau and sardines.!!!

    Favorite Dish: We started with a seafood cocktal - pieces of lobster,shrimps,crab - with a delicious cocktail sauce, on a bed of ice.
    Then we had a grilled Atlantic sole, top-dressed with blanched almonds and boiled potatoes.
    Our waiter recommended a dry body Monte Velho white wine from Alentejo, which was delightful with the fish. We paid 52 Euro for the two of us !!!!
    I do like good food, and this was the best fish restaurant I ever have been to anywhere.

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