We arrived at Porto in the late afternoon and drove to Vila do Conde, where our hotel was. Vila do Conde is a resort town that is 25km to the north of Porto. It has a rich maritime history because Vila do Conde used to be a shipbuilding town, assembling vessels that carried Portuguese influence to the other continents. Nowadays its main industry is the tourism. It is the popular beach resort for the Portuguese.
After checked in we went out to look a place for our dinner. Not being a tourist destination, there was hardly anyone person on the street. However, as we wondered through the town, we spotted some interesting sights full of Portuguese charm.
The attractive part of this town is its beach area with rocks and coarse sands. During the low season there was no single life sign on the beach. Other site in the area is for example, the Forte De São João.
The surrounding was so calming that we did not realize that it was getting dark. Luckily we found a nice seafood restaurant at the beach. The restaurant is called Caximar and has the marvelous ocean view. We also enjoyed our seafood dinner and the Portogueses Green Wine.
We were very happy to spend some time in Vila do Conde without planing for it. This place in general is overlooked by foreigners. We did not include the visit to this place in our originally itinerary and therefore we did not have enough time to explore it later during the weekend. If you have time, however, you should make sure not to miss out following sites:
- The Praia Azul beach
- Forte De São João
- Chapel of Our Lady of Guia view point
- Praia da Azurara beach
- The Mosteiro de Santa Clara complex
- Aqueduto de Santa Clara
- Igreja de São João Baptista
- The Nau Quinhentista boat
How to get there from Porto
Visit http://www.avminho.pt/horarios to find a bus schedule from Porto to Vila do Conde.
The modern metro also goes to Vila do Conde. Check the time table at: https://www.metrodoporto.pt/
The taxi is affordable and because the place is not far from Porto. Check https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Porto/Vila-do-Conde#r/Taxi to arrange a ride.