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Vila do Conde Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 85 photos

27 km north of Oporto lies Vila do Conde, a delightful seaside town dominated by the enormous Convent of Santa Clara, built on a hill above the River Ave.
The town enjoyed its boom years as a ship-building centre during Portugal’s Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Today, with its lively Friday market and atmospheric medieval quarter, the old part remains an active fishing port, while the golden beaches of Guia and Forno are popular with families during the summer months.
What to see. Founded in 1318 and completely rebuilt in 1778, the Convent of Santa Clara contains the tombs of the nunnery’s founders, Dom Afonso Sanches (son of King Dinis) and his wife Dona Teresa Martins. The fountain in the cloister used to be fed by a 5-kilometre-long aqueduct, built in the 18th century. Much of it still remains, including some of the original 999 arches (note: the builders at that time thought that 1,000 arches would have offended God).

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  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2006 at 12:26 PM

    Vila do Conde é uma cidade muito bonita. O Convento de Santa Clara é impressionante! Bonitas fotos!

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2005 at 8:10 PM

    ":*¨`*:·~My§ticÄl~·:*.隐形的" A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year...Greetings from Hungary ^_^

  • Sep 10, 2005 at 12:28 PM

    Nice pictures of vila do conde ,Will come back to see more.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2005 at 3:53 PM

    Very nice photos and some great tips on Vila do Conde! Unfortunately, we ran out of time while near here on our road trip and never quite made it to the beautiful coast this far north.

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