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|Civil parish(es)||Póvoa de Varzim (parish)|
|Neighbourhoods of Póvoa de Varzim|
Penalves was formerly known as Penalva or before it as Penalva de Regufe. Penalva is of Celtic roots: pen from penha (stone) with alva (white), thus white stone. In the 17th century, the Penalves variant became common.
Penalves is located in the south part of Matriz/Mariadeira district.