Visiting Vila Verde
We know you're passionate about commerce. For you, as a costumer, what attracts you to Vila Verde’s local commerce?
Vila Verde is a county that, despite being very close to Braga, manages to have a very competitive and diversified commercial offer, which is not common in places contiguous to larger cities, such as Braga, that attracts many people.
The commerce in Vila Verde reflects very well the distinctive features of its people: humble and hospitable people, but very spirited and proud of what is genuinely theirs, and capable of combining secular traditions with innovation and creativity.
From an urbanistic point of view, the county benefited greatly from the commercial urbanism project that the Commercial Association of Braga and the Town Hall of Vila Verde carried out 15 years ago. This project transformed a large set of backstreets in the urban center into very pleasant streets to stroll and shop, managing to reconcile the pedestrian traffic with car traffic, mixing green spaces with urbanized spaces.
Visiting Vila Verde is a very pleasant experience.
If we asked you to suggest a brief tour around Vila Verde which places would you recommend?
First I would suggest a visit to the urban center and, from there, a walk through the main streets and shops.
In terms of commerce, I suggest visiting some reference stores in the fashion and accessories sector - one of the most attractive sectors in any town in the world - such as "Vilmoda", "Sapataria Elo", "Ourivesaria Mário", "Ourivesaria Dias", "Centro Óptico Ibérico" or "Opticalia". These stores have on of the best price-quality ratio and products of excellent quality that you’ll find in Vila Verde or any other city of the country.
Visiting the store "Namorar Portugal" is mandatory, since most of the products associated with the brand are gathered there. You’ll be able to touch and try the products without any problem.
Not to be missed is also the visit to the many pastry shops. Vila Verde has a great tradition in this sector and confectioners conciliate traditional confectionery with techniques and approaches on the forefront of what is best done in Portugal.
In the town center, there are many pastry shops like "Luena", "Vilaverdense" or "Pastelaria da Vila". You should not miss the opportunity to go to "Pastelaria Babá", a few minutes away from the town center by car.
Vila Verde also offers excellent dining options. The offer is varied, from the famous "Restaurante Torres" (about 6 kms from the town center), where you can always find good meats and fresh fish, the "Petulia" restaurant for some grills, to the "Restaurante Martinho" for piglet lovers.
To complete the gastronomic experience, I suggest a stop, with time, at the "Letraria", a brewery where you can taste the beers produced there, accompanied by a few snacks that harmonize perfectly with the drink. Right next door is a store dedicated to chocolate - "Chocolate com Pimenta".
To end the evening, my suggestion goes to "Mirante", a lounge bar with a breathtaking view of the Cávado River, that in the summer has a private beach area for its guests.
To sleep and relax I must recommend the "Hotel Torre de Gomariz Wine & Spa" located in Cervães. One of the most beautiful 5 star hotels I have seen in Portugal. It's awesome. It combines harmoniously an old building with a contemporary construction; Has an elegant and inviting decor, full of tasteful details; A pool and SPA with a minimalist design that fit perfectly in the set. Oh! And an excellent restaurant and wine bar.
To conclude, what is role of a project like the I Shop Vila Verde in increasing local commerce?
The I Shop Vila Verde project reflects a firm commitment of the Commercial Association of Braga to the promotion of Vila Verde’s local commerce, based on a new paradigm - "if the customer does not come to our store, we take the store to his house ".
The basic idea is to promote local commerce jointly, through the Internet, fostering associativism and business cooperation on a global scale, this is, from Vila Verde to the world.
Our strategy is mainly to attract non-residents to the municipality of Vila Verde and, this way, to stimulate the commerce, catering and services sectors.
In terms of online marketing of the products, we’ll start by selling online the products of the brand "Namorar Portugal" from the platform I Shop Vila Verde. At a later stage, we will extend the offer to products from stores adhering to the project.