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Old July 28th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #21
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only inland there are hills. the following pictures ARE NOT mine.

the city of Póvoa de Varzim from faraway - view from São Félix Hill (Póvoa's sacred hill and highest point - 7km from downtown)

(pics from juliano, a tourist)
south view



north view


this is one of Póvoa's village, this one is Laundos.

nice one!
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Old July 29th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #22
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today's pics

22ºC
waterfront
Banhos Avenue


waterfront
Descobrimentos Avenue


waterfront Bairro Sul
Carverneira street
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Old July 29th, 2008, 08:10 PM   #23
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23ºC
Downtown
Marquês de Pombal Square




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Old July 29th, 2008, 10:10 PM   #24
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Nice. Especially the one with the "windmill"?... I think aerial or just pictures taken high tell the most about places.
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Old July 31st, 2008, 12:38 AM   #25
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yes, it is an old windmill.

now today's pic, took several.
only 3 now.
it was a hot day despite the official temperature.

24ºC
Downtown
Junqueira Shopping Street


waterfront
Banhos Avenue


Nova Póvoa district
Repatreamento dos Poveiros Avenue
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Old August 5th, 2008, 02:04 AM   #26
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28ºC
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Praia do Lolé - Redonda Beach as seen from the Nox Club lounge bar.


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Seaport in Enseada da Póvoa (small hill-sheltered bay)


city Park district
São Félix Sacred Hill (the one that as a string of lights - from which the landscape pics above where taken) and Amorim district church as seen from city park stadium
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Old August 6th, 2008, 06:44 AM   #27
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Beautiful pictures!
is Povoa de Varzim near Oporto?
what´s the water temperature? is it cold?
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Old August 19th, 2008, 03:37 AM   #28
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Beautiful pictures!
is Povoa de Varzim near Oporto?
what´s the water temperature? is it cold?
Yes, it is near Porto, the airport is the same and even the metro system.

ocean temperature is now only 18ºC, if you know California, it is exactly the same thing: weather, water temperature, even sea fog! if the day is very hot, you feel the difference.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 12:07 PM   #29
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Greeat

Can you actually swim on those beach in Winter, say from Dec to Feb ?
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Old August 19th, 2008, 05:04 PM   #30
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Of course, there are people who swim on beaches in Scotland in winter so Portugal would be no problem!

I wouldn't do it myself though
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Old August 19th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #31
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in winter the ocean temperature may drop to 14-15ºC. no more than that. So yes, you can go.

the weather here is more or less stable throwout the year, because it is an area strongly influenced by the sea. in spring, it is very nice to go to the beach at night, and the water feels warm and really comfortable. of course, people that go to the beach at night don't need swim wear or sun screen. looool

hot days of April or May are exactly like the summer, with a lot of people, but not overcrowded, and without ugly tents at the beach.

In winter, only surfers/bodyboarders go to the beach. in Spring the rest of the population starts going, often good looking young people in spring, no children. but everybody in the summer, from the smallest kid to grandma, so it is a bit annoying to go the beach at city centre, i prefer more quiet ones.

spring beach days and August nights full of people strolling around would be a great combination.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 10:13 PM   #32
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As I don't post for sometimes, here's some pics I took today around 5PM

waterfront
Avenida dos Banhos - Salgueira Beach


waterfront
Avenida dos Banhos - Salgueira Beach


waterfront
Avenida dos Banhos - Salgueira Beach


waterfront
Avenida dos Banhos - Salgueira Beach


waterfront
Avenida dos Banhos - Redonda Beach


Downtown
Tenente Valadim Street


Bairro da Matriz district (oldtown / uptown)
Eça de Queiroz Square


Bairro da Matriz district - (oldtown / uptown)
Igreja Matriz (First Church) and a 16th century house
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Old August 20th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #33
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Nice small city of North Portugal
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Old August 28th, 2008, 02:15 AM   #34
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I'll restart the thread,
today with videos about the city, made by the public television.

27ºC


topics: Cityscape - Rates Medieval Centre - Junqueira Shopping Street - Beach library (Historic Café) - dune farms - The Casino - Rates Ecomuseum


Lancha Poveira Boat and the Fishermen - Rates Ecomuseum and countryside people - The Beach and traditional life-guards
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Old April 13th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #35
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I'll resume the thread with a different style. By districts (3 pics at a time). with 2009 pics (the following posts will feature late winter /early spring)

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Old April 13th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #36
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PÓVOA DE VARZIM 2009
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DOWNTOWN POVOA
Downtown Póvoa emerged in the 18th century by royal order of Queen Mary I of Portugal. The porpouse of the new civic center was to unite the historical urban center in uptown's Bairro da Matriz, created in 1308, to the fishermen district, near Póvoa Bay.

Dores Square served as union between the new town in Southern Varzim (Póvoa) created in 1308 by King Denis and the old town in Northern Varzim inhabited since the Roman Republic's conquest of the area. This is not the origin of the city, the Roman town (VILLA EVRACINI - town of Varzim) was created by the people who descended from the hills, where the Celtic city existed for almost 1000 years until the Romans arrived. The Celtic city's ruins can be seen still today.
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Almada Square
Civic Center

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Dores Square
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David Alves Square
Junqueira pedestrian shopping streets

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OLD TOWN (BAIRRO DA MATRIZ)

The region of the seaport of the Póvoa de Varzim is inhabited since the prehistoric times, its incorporation in the Roman Empire has marked the beginning of the formation of the current urban center. Even so, the oldest reference to Villa Euracini (Town of Varzim) is from 953. During the Middle Ages, the population became a prosperous seaport, divided in two distinct parts. To the north the territory belonged to the Order of Malta, the southern lands belonged to the king.

In 1308 King Dinis granted " Varazim" the first letter of charter, donating to the royal lands to the tenants of the north, on condition that the inhabitants establish a "Póvoa", creating a municipality. The old town hall dates possibly from the 15th century, although the building survived, it changed considerably.
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Eça de Queiroz Square
Union square of downtown and uptown, Square where Eça de Queirós was born

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Visconde de Azevedo Street
Povoan Ethnic Museum - 17th century building

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Igreja Street
The oldest surviving house - 16th century

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EAST END DISTRICTS

East End urban districts mark the end of the city and the beginning of the suburban and rural Póvoa. It is marked by the A28 freeway. East end districts are devoling around the 25 de Abril Avenue and the New City Park and Sports City being developed. These are being developed along with preexisting small villages, now part of the city.
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25 de Abril Avenue
where most of the big supermarkets are located

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Mar Avenue
Main city entrance avenue

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Montgeron Area
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Nice!! Thanks for sharing.
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FISHERMEN DISTRICT (BAIRRO SUL)
The Fishermen district, the most typical in Portugal and also the most charismatic, with a very proper culture and accent, this district appeared in 17th century, by decision of the town hall in order to group the town's fishermen that lived in old town, in order to be next to Póvoa Bay, a natural seaport and main bay of the city where the fishermen worked, that soon became the main seaport in the region until the creation of Leixões seaport in the end of the 19th century.
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Descobrimentos Avenue
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The seaport
on Póvoa Bay

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António Nobre Square
waterfront old fishermen meeting square
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