Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo is a city full of color and traditions. Known as the Princess of Lima, the city modernized keeping the traditional nature and culture above all else. The colourful costumes, accompanied by the folk spirit minhotos, perpetuate regional roots, as well as embroidery minhotos, dishware, Viana and jewels made of filigree. To this earth are linked numerous religious festivals, the best known being the Nossa Senhora da Agonia, in the third week of August. This pilgrimage is a Ethnographic Procession, which lasts about three hours, and is known for its historical accuracy in the reproduction of the traditions and culture of the Alto Minho. Monte de Santa Luzia is the ex-libris of the city and site of many pilgrimages throughout the year. A walk through the historical centre makes known the monuments that make local history and, outside of the city, can get themselves known true historical treasures like the Tumulus of Afife, Citânia de Santa Luzia and the rock engravings of Montedor. Other monuments are a must-see like the Cathedral, the castle of Santiago da Barra, the convent of São Francisco do Monte and windmills and Montedor lighthouse. Other places that deserve a visit, and that is one of the symbols Viana do Castelo is the hospital ship Gil Eannes, ex-barco bacalhoeira fleet support to Newfoundland and Greenland. The Gil Eannes was built at the Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo. Besides being a museum space of functions of these times, the ship is also one of the hostels in Portugal. One of the most typical local dishes is the bacalhau à Gil Eanes. Apart from the city centre, the docks of Viana is one of the most modern infrastructure of the city, where you can find the most varied nightlife venues or restaurants.

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Fábrica do Chocolate Hotel
Fábrica do Chocolate Hotel

4 star

A Fábrica do Chocolate, em Viana do Castelo, é um surpreendente hotel de quatro estrelas que leva o seu conceito temático muito a sério: da decoração aos prato…

Pousada de Viana do Castelo
Pousada de Viana do Castelo

Charm inn

The Pousada de Santa Luzia - Charm Pousada, is located in the Snta Luzia mountain, in a scenery of extreme beauty with gardens and wood all around it. The buil…

Quinta da Bouça d'Arques
Quinta da Bouça d'Arques

Quinta da Bouça d'arques, in Viana do Castelo, is owned by Abreu Teixeira family for three centuries. It is inserted into a large farm, the vineyards and the l…

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