Vila do conde

Vila do conde is a city and parish in Portugal. Together with the urban parishes of Azurara and Arvore in the estuary of the Ave river, in the north of Oporto metropolitan area in Portugal. This city and Povoa de Varzim form a single urban area. There is a nice old town and you may well find no other visitors in the main street of it; the beaches lie in the other direction. There is also a big Friday market – though it may be only the food that appeals.


It is essentially a beach resort with a hi-tech industrial park in Mindelo with some semi-conductor industries. The downtown includes historic monuments such as the Santa Clara Monastery (Convento de Santa Clara, originally built in the 14th century and restructured in the 18th century), ancient churches and the Alfandega. There is also much impressive sculpture.