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Povoa de Varzim Holidays

Povoa de Varzim is basically a fishing town. It is situated about 30 km north of Oporto. There is a magnificent summer resort for the people of northern Portugal. On one end one can find the port and the beautiful fishermen’s quarter. Here the fishermen arrange their colourful boats for fishing, while on the other side one can find the women folk weaving their husband’s nets. There are a lot of restaurants and cafes found in the northern end of Povoa. This region comes under one of the few legal gambling areas in Portugal. It is famous for its food and textile industries. The main food of the people here is seafood. There are many ancient customs that are still practiced by people here such as writing system of sigals poveiras and masseira technique of farming.

The beach at Povoa de Varzim extends to about 12 km. There are a number of sheltered bays which are separated by rocks. These beaches are best to be visited with families. Some of the well known beaches here are Salgueira, Rendona and Lagoa Beach. These beaches are much crowded especially during the summers. There are other less crowded beaches such as Santo Andre. Beaches such as Agucaduora and Salgueria are meant for surfing. The other beaches here are Rio Alto Beach, Quiao Beach and Verde Beach.

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