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Povoa de Varzim

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Povoa de Varzim is a Portuguese city in the Northern Region and sub-region of Greater Porto, with a 2005 estimated population of 65,882 in its municipality. It is located in a sandy coastal plain, surrounding Cape Santo Andre, halfway between the Minho and Douro rivers. The area is 82.1 square kilometers, and density is 802.46 per square kilometers.

Permanent habitation in Povoa de Varzim dates from around four to six thousand years ago around 900 Before Christ, unrest in the region leads to the establishment of a fortified city. The ocean has always played an important part in its economy and subsistence, initially through maritime trade, and later through fishing, leading it to acquire a foral in 1308 and consequently to become, in the 18th century, the main fishing port in northern Portugal. Since late 19th century, due to its large beaches, it has become one of the main tourist areas of the region. Povoa de Varzim has a rich seafood cuisine and retains ancient customs, such as siglas poveiras and masseiras. It is one of the few legal gambling areas in Portugal and has significant textile and food industries.

The city has developed a number of sporting venues and because of that it has hosted several national, European and world championships in different sports. 38 percent of the population practice sport, a high rate when compared to the national average. The most popular sport in Povoa de Varzim is the association football.

The city of Povoa de Varzim is served by a well-developed transportation network that employs maritime, aerial and terrestrial travel. The terrestrial access infrastructure is composed of national motorways, the national roads system, and metro trains.

Povoa de Varzim is said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times. It enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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