Povoa de Varzim is a popular beach destination much-loved by the Portuguese people. While appearing to be a modern resort, the history of this town goes way back.
A popular stopping point on the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago, archaeological finds including stone tools suggest that the Póvoa de Varzim area may have been inhabited as far back as 2,000 years ago.
So let’s take a look at things to see and do in 24 hours in Povoa de Varzim.
Povoa de Varzim has all the amenities that you would expect from a modern beach resort including a buzzing nightlife during the summer months.
The city of Porto is only a metro ride away which makes Povoa de Varzim a popular place for a day trip to the beach.
It is the perfect place to rest up in the sun after a long day on the Camino.
Like most Portuguese towns, Povoa de Varzim has a historical centre with an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops. The Câmara Municipal (town hall), is the much-photographed building that sits on the Praça do Almada, the main plaza of Póvoa de Varzim.
If you take a walk along Praia do Liexao, you will able to view the beautiful azulejos tile paintings (Painéis de Azulejos) that line the beach wall on the Praia do Leixão. These beautiful paintings depict the fishing heritage of Póvoa de Varzim.
One of the best activities of Castelo da Póvoa is simply strolling along the beachfront promenade.
Cividade de Terroso
While Povoa de Varzim has developed into a modern beach resort, archaeological finds including stone tools suggest that the Póvoa de Varzim area may have been inhabited as far back as 2,000 years ago.
The fortified settlement of Cividade de Terroso built on top the Monte da Cividade, just inland from the city, was built in the Bronze age by the early Celtic Castro tribes. Today, impressive granite walls of a large number of circular huts along with defensive structures such as a citadel remain.
The Castelo do Povoa sits above the harbour and once played a role in guarding the town against pirate raids.
The Igreja Matriz is the main church in the town – built in the baroque style, it contains a beautiful rococo style altar.
The Póvoa de Varzim museum is housed in a traditional manor house and has exhibits detailing the region’s history, and displays artefacts discovered within the castle.
If you visit Povoa de Varzim on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago, we hope you enjoy the main highlights of this town.
Here at Wild Camino Journeys, we offer Self-Guided Journeys along the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago. If you would like us to take care of the mundane leaving you to enjoy the magic of the Camino, contact us to discuss to your Portuguese Camino de Santiago requirements.
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