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In 1312, King Denis donated Póvoa to his bastard son, Afonso Sanches, Lord of Albuquerque, who included it in the patrimony of the Monastery of Santa Clara, which he had just founded in Vila do Conde.

In 1367, King Ferdinand I confirmed the charters, privileges and uses of Póvoa de Varzim. But the domain of the monastery over the town grew stronger and the people asked King Manuel I to end the situation.

The northern area became known as Varzim dos Cavaleiros (Knights' Varzim) and belonged to the military order of the Knights Hospitaller, who inherited the wealth of the local overlords.

), also spelled Povoa de Varzim, is a Portuguese city in Northern Portugal and sub-region of Greater Porto.

It sits in a sandy coastal plain, a cuspate foreland, halfway between the Minho and Douro rivers.

The first groups of shepherds settled on the coast where Póvoa de Varzim is now located between the 4th millennium and early 2nd millennium BC.

Widespread pillaging by rival and migrant tribes led the resident populations of the coastal plain of Póvoa de Varzim to raise a town atop the hill that stood next to the sea.

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