Póvoa de Varzim is a Portuguese city in the Norte Region and sub-region of Greater Porto. This town is located in a sandy coastal plain which is in the south of Cape Santo André and halfway between the Minho and Douro rivers.
Póvoa de Varzim is one of the few legal gambling areas in Portugal and has significant textile and food industries. The town has a rich seafood cuisine and retains ancient customs such as the writing system of siglas poveiras and the masseira farming technique.
São Félix Hill and Cividade Hill rise above the landscape. Despite their modest rise, the expanse of the plain makes them easy reference points on the horizon.
The mountain chain known as Serra de Rates divides the municipality in two distinctive areas: the coastal plain and hills where the forests become more abundant and the soils have less sea influence. In this landscape dominated by the plain and low hills, only the hill of Corga da Soalheira is easily recognizable.
The climate of Póvoa de Varzim is classified as Mediterranean climate. The city possesses a microclimate. The prevailing northern winds, known as Nortadas, arise in the summer after midday. During the dry summer, a mass of hot and wet air, brought by the south and western maritime winds, creates the city characteristic.
Located in the coastal plain between the sea and hills, the city of Póvoa de Varzim has eleven districts. These districts are categorized in three formal administrative structures and they are: Póvoa de Varzim (parish), A Ver-o-Mar and Argivai.
To the south, the city is extending out to combine with Vila do Conde. The economy of Póvoa de Varzim is driven by tourism, manufacturing, construction, fishing and agriculture.
Póvoa de Varzim has been noted internationally for its Renewable energy industry. The world first commercial wave farm is located in its coast, at the Aguçadora Wave Park.
Lying 10 km north of Leixoes and only 18km from Porto airport, Povoa is a useful port. It is a convenient stopover in the summer.
Clearance must be completed at the marina office. All yachts, whether from another Portuguese port or not, must present passports and ships papers at the office. The fishing boats use the northern part of the harbour and the marina lies in the southern section.