|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult
|Milk (1 liter)
|Pack of cigarettes
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment
|Loaf of white bread
The Portuguese parish of Póvoa de Santa Iria is located in Vila Franca de Xira municipality. The parish was formed out of Santa Iria de Azoia, a neighbouring parish in Loures municipality. The parish was a village at some point of time but now strong population growth and industrial development have made the city an important and popular destination for many who catch cheap flights to Póvoa de Santa Iria. The ‘city’ status was awarded to it in 1985.
The climate of the place is wonderful with a temperate atmosphere that has hot dry summers and mild and rainy winters. During winter, a lot of tourists take cheap flights to Póvoa de Santa Iria due to the beautiful climate. The city has a long and eventful history; from kings to development of industries, it has many chapters to it. The religious heritage of the place is quite rich with many chapels and churches. The chapels and churches which should be visited are Church of Our Lady of Peace, Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Chapel of St. Anthony, Oratory of St. Jerome and Shrine of Dead Lord.
The city celebrates a number of festivities which make it particularly colourful. February or March is the time for carnival celebrations, 1st November is celebrated as City Day, May and June see various festivities to honour Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and Saint Anthony respectively.
Tourists prefer staying in one of the hotels in Póvoa de Santa Iria as from there, they can visit some nearby parishes and cities. Santa Iria de Azoia and Vila France de Xira are places that should be particularly visited. Main attractions to watch out for in Santa Iria de Azoia are Municpal Gallery Castle Pirescoxe, Castle Pirescoxe, Church of Santa Iria de Azoia which includes the filling, Convent of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Gardens and Palace of Valflores etc. The city also has the country’s oldest tree which is almost 2850 years old. Vila France de Xira is a big city and has a number of beautiful sites and attractions to look at.