Attractions

Museum in Vila do Conde

Alfândega Regia Museu da Construção Naval

Shipbuilding has been in Vila do Conde’s bones since at least the 13th century. This museum on the banks of the Rio Ave, just west of Praça da República, has exhibits on trade and models of hand-built nau (a sort of…
Museum in Vila do Conde

Casa de José Régio

Religious art, antique furnishings, ceramics and early-20th-century contemporary art – including some stunning Julio canvases – can be glimpsed at the Casa de José Régio. Named after the distinguished local-born poe…
Museum in Vila do Conde

Museu das Rendas de Bilros

It’s no accident that seafaring fingers, so deft at making nets, should also be good at lace making. Vila do Conde is one of the few places in Portugal with an active school of the art, founded in 1918. Housed in a …
Monastery in Vila do Conde

Mosteiro de Santa Clara

Peering down over the town centre and the Rio Ave, the imposing Mosteiro de Santa Clara, founded in 1318, still has a severe-looking Gothic chapel, though the main building is an 18th-century affair. The entire comp…
Museum in Vila do Conde

Casa do Barco

This glass-box museum is on the southwest corner of Praça da República. The basement level offers up models, photo displays, old fishing gear and one full-sized boat that provide a glimpse into the city’s shipbuildi…