Today the shoreside vicinity is very popular for its nightlife and the bars along its well-known beach. It is also possible to see some old sanatoriums used mostly in the 1940s and 1950s to treat people suffering from bone fractures and diseases like tuberculosis. The sanatoriums were established here because the region is extremely rich in iodine, valuable for its antiseptic uses in medicine.
Valadares is also very famous for Cerâmica de Valadares that today it is considered the biggest and most varied National Manufacture provider of sanitary ware and ceramic fittings. There is a train station.
The coat of arms are made up of a ceramic vase on the center with a dentate wheel behind, on the left have maize and on the right a shielda over the water, on the bottom have water. The flag have two white and tow blue squares.
The ceramic vase with a dentate wheel represents the ceramic industry and the archaeological findings. The maize represents the fields in Vila Chá. The shield represents the shields of Vila Nova de Gaia coat of arms. The water represents the ocean and the beach of Valadares. The colors blue and white represent the ocean and foam of the waves.
The name Valadares originates from the word "Vallado", that means obstacle. That may be the "Crasto de Valadares" a fortification from the second period of the Iron Age (450 b.C.). This "Crastos" on the northwert of Iberian Peninsula, goes from the century V b.C. to century V a.C. In the Middle Ages, Valadares belonged to the Monastery of Grijó. During the first half of the XX century, Valadares enjoyed a considerable development, being one of the most developed parishes of Gaia, due the existence of the Cerâmica de Valadares, one important Train Station, Sanatoriums, several Schools and a theatre (Cine-teatro Eduardo Brazão).
There is a traditional dessert in Valadares - The "Velhote", a kind of sweet bread with lemon and cinnamon. The origin of this dessert isn't cleared yet, but most people believe that it was created in the XIX century by a lady who came from Braga. It is said that when king Carlos I and queen Amelia went to Oporto, they ate "Velhotes". The patron of Valadares is S. Salvador.
Valadares is divided in 13 places.