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Seafood in Vila do Conde

Adega Gavina

The top choice in town offers tremendous roast-chicken lunches for a song, and burns good steaks, but first and foremost it’s a seafood grill. Stroll into the kitschy interior and peruse the chalkboard menu, then ch…
Club in Vila do Conde

Forte São João Baptista

The best party spot in Vila do Conde: think mighty, seasonal blinged-out electronica throw-downs with international DJs, Bedouin tents, spinning disco balls and up to 2000 people spilling onto the windswept sands an…
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 …
Portuguese in Vila do Conde

Restaurante Le Villageois

The popular Villageois has been preparing terrific steaks and fresh seafood in French-Portuguese style since 1977. The airy dining room is appointed with azulejos, the appealing sun-drenched patio is classy, and the…
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…
Seafood in Vila do Conde

O Cangalho

The funky, tricked-out vintage Land Rover parked out front may catch your eye, and as you come close you’ll notice the stylish bistro interior and fresh fish on ice. Great style, great vibe, tasty seafood.
Religious in Vila do Conde

Festa de São João

The town’s biggest event takes place on the days leading up to 23 June, with fireworks, concerts, a traditional boat parade and a religious procession through the streets.