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Hotels in Povoa do Varzim

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Offering tranquil beachside beauty and a scattering of rich historical sites, Povoa de Varzim is a different kind of seaside resort. The waterfront itself is developed to modern, sand-loving specifications, but you're never far from wondrous sites like the Northern Littoral Natural Park and the ancient Monastery of Rates.

Povoa de Varzim has a wide variety of accommodation options, including easy beach access hotels and tucked-away hidden gems.


Neighbourhoods of Povoa de Varzim‎

Explore Povoa de Varzim’s charming neighbourhoods‎:

  • Downtown: A centre of centuries-spanning architectural treasures, Povoa de Varzim’s old town centre is a special place to stay. Ancient castles, churches and chapels surround excellent cafes and restaurants, as well as your typical high street shops.
  • Marina: The marina area provides excellent views of modern yachts, old-world fishing boats and lapping waves. There are some excellent restaurants here, especially close to the Monumento Homenagem às Mulheres do Mar, a monument to the women of the sea.
  • Rio Alto and Estela : These northerly beaches are among the best in town. Downtown does have its own fine beach as well (complete with promenades, high rises and casinos), but this area is particularly beautiful with its sand dunes and tranquil shores.

What to see and do in Povoa de Varzim‎

Povoa de Varzim has much to offer both sea lovers and history buffs. Its top sites include Igreja de São Pedro de Rates, the ancient monastic church which has origins in the 1st century. Inside, you'll find incredible carvings and artefacts. Heading inland from town, you'll find the ancient dwellings of Cividade de Terroso, an archeological sites dating back thousands of years. Nearer the beach, the fishing port area hosts the beautiful Painel de Azulejos, a pretty piece of public art depicting the town's centuries-old history. As for museums, the excellent Museu Municipal de Etnografia e História provides a fascinating look back across the town and region's past, with a particularly alluring selection of Roman-era artefacts. Lastly, the beach of Salgueira is the town's most famous site, having drawn in crowds since the 19th century.


What to eat in Povoa de Varzim‎

With some of the finest seafood and fish restaurants in the whole of Portugal, Povoa de Varzim is a true foodie paradise. The most famous dish here is Pescada à Poveira (Poveira Whiting), a meal made with fish, potatoes, eggs, onion and the local tomato sauce, molho fervido. Other specialities include Arroz de Sardinha (sardine with rice), Arroz de Marisco (seafood and rice), Caldeirada de Peixe (fish stew) and Lulas Recheadas à Poveiro (stuffed squid). Expect fresh mussels, cockles and rock snails too.


Typical events and festivals in Povoa de Varzim‎

Povoa de Varzim celebrates a number of national and local festivities throughout the year, including the famed local holiday, Festas de São Pedro. This lively event occurs in June and sees feasts, parties and parades through town, including beachfront raves. Other celebrations include the Feast of the Assumption in August and the Anjo Festival during Easter. In May, the town celebrates its fishing heritage with the Pilgrimage of Nossa Senhora da Saúde.


How to move around in Povoa de Varzim‎

Povoa de Varzim is served by a comprehensive public transport system consisting of regular buses and a Porto Metro train line which connects with both Porto and the airport. Getting around town is easy, with excellent roads and bicycle lanes.


The climate in Povoa de Varzim‎

Povoa has a warm Mediterranean climate in summer with mild winters rarely dipping below 8°C. Summers reach normal highs of 25°C, with only several days of rain. Rainfall is common throughout the rest of the year.


More interesting facts about and sights in Povoa de Varzim‎



Although Povoa de Varzim offers plenty of attractions and highlights, it's a good idea to explore the local area as well. The pretty town of Vila do Conde is a particularly delightful destination. It offers a wealth of museums and religious sites, as well as some of the best beaches in northern Portugal.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Povoa do Varzim

The most centrally located hotels in Povoa do Varzim with the best ratings are: Hotel Costa Verde, Hotel Grande Da Povoa and Hotel Luso Brasileiro.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Povoa do Varzim, like Hotel Sao Felix Hillside & Nature, Hotel Costa Verde or Hotel Luso Brasileiro.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Povoa do Varzim, we recommend Hotel Sao Felix Hillside & Nature, Hotel Varzinn and Hotel Torre Mar.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Povoa do Varzim are Hotel Varzinn, Hotel Costa Verde and Hotel Sao Felix Hillside & Nature.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Povoa do Varzim with express check-in and check-out are Hotel Varzinn and Hotel Torre Mar.

The best hotels with a pool in Povoa do Varzim are Hotel Sao Felix Hillside & Nature and Hotel Axis Vermar Conference & Beach.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Povoa do Varzim are Hotel Sao Felix Hillside & Nature, Hotel Costa Verde and Hotel Varzinn.

In Povoa do Varzim, Hotel Sao Felix Hillside & Nature, Hotel Costa Verde and Hotel Varzinn offer 24-hour front desk service.

The best-rated hotel in Povoa do Varzim with a gym is Hotel Axis Vermar Conference & Beach.

The following hotels in Povoa do Varzim have luggage storage: Hotel Sao Felix Hillside & Nature, Hotel Costa Verde and Hotel Varzinn.