10 Things to Do in Vila do Conde That You Shouldn't Miss

July 16, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

Vila do Conde (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ du ˈkõdɨ], locally [ˈbilɐ du ˈkoŋdɨ]) is a municipality in the Norte Region of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 79,533, in an area of 149.03 km². The urbanized area of Vila do Conde, which includes the parishes of Vila do Conde, Azurara and Árvore, represent 36,137 inhabitants. Vila do Conde is interlinked to the north with Póvoa de Varzim, forming a single urban agglomeration. The town is on the Portuguese Way of the Camino de Santiago.
Restaurants in Vila do Conde

1. Igreja Matriz de Vila do Conde

Rua da Igreja, Vila do Conde 4480-754, Portugal
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

Igreja Matriz de Vila do Conde

Reviewed By MijnlieverdFH - Amsterdam

A showcase of the late Gothic Portuguese architecture. It is the sumptuous composite Portuguese style of architectural ornamentation of the first decades of the 16th century, incorporating maritime elements that was probably introduced by the Portuguese voyagers. This is what it means by the Manueline art. and architecture.
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The interior of the church displayed the beautiful ornamentation too.

2. Nau Quinhentista

Rua Cais da Alfandega, Vila do Conde 4480-702, Portugal +351 252 617 506
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Nau Quinhentista

Reviewed By davidgerdmoore - Squamish, Canada

It's fascinating to wander about the entire vessel and see how little space is available for supplies, crew and officers, According to the naval person overseeing visitors, the crew complement was 120 !

3. Vila do Conde Porto Fashion Outlet

Avenida Fonte Cova | Modivas, Vila do Conde 4485-592, Portugal +351 22 928 9959
Excellent
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4 based on 304 reviews

Vila do Conde Porto Fashion Outlet

Vila do Conde Porto Fashion Outlet is a landmark in Europe, locate at just 20 minutes from the heart of Porto. With a selection of 150 prestigious national and international brands, it presents discounts from 30% up to 70% throughout all year. Discover the best fashion opportunities for women, men, children, accessories and perfumery, and take some time to visit Porto, elected as the Best European Destination of 2017. Starting point for a trip through the natural and cultural diversity of the north, Vila do Conde Porto Fashion Outlet combines the best of both worlds, allying premium fashion trends with a privileged location. We want to provide you with a unique and unforgettable experience. Visit us!

Reviewed By Winstonthedog - Porto, Portugal

My partner and I waited over an hour for the scheduled free shuttle to appear at our hotel. We were furious that there was no apology , especially since we booked the shuttle a day earlier.

4. Santa Clara Convent

Largo Dom Afonso Sanches, Vila do Conde 4480-946, Portugal
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Santa Clara Convent

Reviewed By backpacker31 - Boynton Beach, Florida

Occupying a prominent hilltop position along the Rio Ave, the convent/mosterio is likely the first major building you will see upon entering Vila do Conde. The monastery dates back to 1777 and possesses an impressive Gothic/neoclassical architectural style. High walls surround much of the building as well as the impressive Santa Clara Aqueduct (Portugal's second largest). I did not enter the convent (I'm unsure if one is really allowed to enter), but the exterior and the grounds are worth viewing. From its hilltop position sizeable Terrace there are commanding views overlooking Vila do Conde.

5. Capela De Nossa Senhora Da Guia

Avenida Marques Sa da Bandeira, Vila do Conde 4480-916, Portugal
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Capela De Nossa Senhora Da Guia

Reviewed By thedeberrys - Pewsey, United Kingdom

Situated to the south of the 'fort' and right on the estuary, this chapel provides rather a surprise. The exterior is very plain but step inside and you are immediately taken aback at the decoration which is quite over the top..... The place is very peaceful and it's worth sitting and praying in this quiet spot with only the sound of the sea for company.

6. Igreja Nosso Senhor dos Navegantes

Caxinas, Vila do Conde, Portugal
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Igreja Nosso Senhor dos Navegantes

Reviewed By MijnlieverdFH - Amsterdam

A modern design with its meaningful message of its architectural form in relation to their passion and way of life of the villagers.
Well appreciated and admired church in a form of an arch. a unique yet significant shape to the village people.a beautiful tourist attraction

7. Memorial aos Naufragos

Caxinas | Praia das Caxinas, Vila do Conde, Portugal
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Memorial aos Naufragos

Reviewed By Jorge S - Toronto, Canada

This monument is on a long sidewalk along the beach, many of the locals and tourists enjoy a stroll with their families in the evening, although during the summer season this is the perfect location for all ages, restaurants, bars, ice cream stations and a fantastic beach.

8. Museu das Rendas de Bilros de Vila do Conde

Rua de Sao Bento 70, Vila do Conde 4480-781, Portugal +351 252 248 400
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Museu das Rendas de Bilros de Vila do Conde

Reviewed By Midlands_T - Northamptonshire

My Mum makes lace and when meeting up with the opportunity to see how lace is produced in Portugal via a guide book mention, it ws straight into the 'to do' list.
There is a short AV on the history of lace making, local area and the GWR item.
The impressive display of different articles is complemented by a bi-lingual (trip-lingual at times), who could ask questions of the demonstration ladies.
Take time to linger, there is the Guiness World record lace piece, wedding dresses and the intricate minor pieces displayed in the perspex case, in glass cabinets, or on the buttons,

Recommend that you visit not between 12:00 and 14:00 hours as this is their lunch hour, open but with no demonstrations.
Note: we spent over two hours here - but only due to the involvement of Mum in the handicraft lace making in UK

9. Alfandega Regia – Museu da Construcao Naval

Largo da Alfandega, Vila do Conde 4480-702, Portugal +351 252 240 740
Excellent
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4 based on 41 reviews

Alfandega Regia – Museu da Construcao Naval

Reviewed By Nuno T - Vila do Conde, Portugal

The museum is free to enter, but is small, but interesting.
The good part is the Nau "the ship" , but you pay a small fee.
Is very interesting to see the interior, the size and how we discover half world.
go check it out, you will love it.

10. Centro de Memoria

Largo de Sao Sebastiao, Vila do Conde 4480-706, Portugal +351 252 617 506
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5 based on 12 reviews

Centro de Memoria

Reviewed By carlas415 - Vila do Conde, Portugal

O ambiente exterior deste belo edifício (antiga biblioteca municipal) é fantástico. Agora com o gafanhoto ainda se tornou mais convidativo, visto que tenho crianças pequenas.
Por dentro só visitei uma vez para ver uma exposição da história de algumas empresas do Concelho de Vila do Conde (na altura gostei bastante).

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