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Vila do Conde (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ du ˈkõd(ɨ)]) is a city and parish in Portugal with a population of 25,731. Together with the urban parishes of Azurara and Arvore the urban area of the city has 32,094 in the estuary of the Ave river, in the north of Oporto metropolitan area in Portugal. This city and Póvoa de Varzim form a single urban conurbation area.
The municipality has 74,057 inhabitants in 30 parishes (freguesias). There are several beaches within the area and a bird sanctuary. It is well connected by routes, bus, train - subway to Porto and other cities in Greater Porto and Porto international airport (OPO). The harbour lies within the city limit Vila do Conde/Povoa de Varzim.
It is essentially a beach resort with a hi-tech industrial park in Mindelo with some semi-conductor industries. The downtown of the city of Vila do Conde includes historic monuments such as the Santa Clara Monastery (Convento de Santa Clara, originally built in the 14th century and restructured in the 18th century), ancient churches and the Alfândega.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_do_Conde

Nikon D40X
2009/05/10 19:11:29.5
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/60 sec - F/3.5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +6°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: High
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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