Hotels in Povoa do Varzim
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Axis Vermar Conference & Beach
Povoa do Varzim 1,362 yd from city centre
This comfortable hotel lies across the coastal road from the beach and Costa Verde do Oceano Atlântico and is situated on...
Sardines And Friends
Povoa do Varzim 487 yd from city centre
Take in the views from a terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and a television...
Povoa do Varzim 545 yd from city centre
Situado en el centro de la ciudad, junto al monumental Casino y la playa. A 20 km de Oporto y los principales centros turísticos...
Estalagem Santo Andre
Povoa do Varzim 2.6 mi from city centre
Con acceso directo a la playa, su principal atractivo es la vista compartida por todas las 50 habitaciones con balcón privado,...
Povoa do Varzim 1.3 mi from city centre
This hotel is a 5-minute drive from Póvoa de Varzim city centre. It offers massage services, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace...
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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.