O Ride Alegre is a square that is located in the center of Povoa de Varzim, It is cataloged by IPPAR as an urban set of public interest. Try-se, in deep, a beach court covered by terraces with a stage for concerts and other initiatives. Note also that, due to its popularity in the region, the square is served by two underground car parks.
The seaside excellence of Povoa de Varzim, in particular Thalassotherapy, It leads to local ennobling, passing the designation of Ride Alegre and the beginning of the tradition of warm baths, which highlights the curious resort hot baths, now disappeared. In the early twentieth century, the middle of the square, It is erected a gazebo, later also demolished. In 1909, on the initiative of David Alves, stands the monument to the Blind of May, poveiro hero, one of the most popular points of interest Povoa de Varzim. Ali also met the first of Varzim Sport Club playground, until, in the early 1930, They are erected the Monumental Casino (Casino da Povoa) and the Hotel Palace (Grande Hotel da Povoa), considered a pharaonic investment for the time in Portugal, lasting time in the game's tradition in Povoa de Varzim who had made famous around the Largo Chinese Coffee, a space that extended the Street of Cafes until Alegre Walk. The Grand Hotel is a modernist building of great impact and is designed by the architect Rogério de Azevedo, while, the same architect and built at the same time, Casino da Povoa is the most recognized brand of urban city, It is a feature neoclassical building of the French school style of Garnier. When excavation for the construction of underground casino parking lot in the late 1990, They discovered the remains of a historic bridge, Now that, a ditch, divides the Paseo Alegre of Varzim Casino square. Here you can enjoy up to Fernando Pessoa statue, white marble, work of Francisco Simões, which was placed in 2008 during the 40th anniversary of Varzim Sol (formerly known Sopeti), owns the Casino.