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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Paços Municipais de Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo

The construction was initiated during the reign of Dom Manuel I and finished in the reign of Dom João III. It has two floors, entirely built in granite. The lower floor is formed by a shed with thre ogival arches. In the upper floor there are three windows with balconies. One can also view, on the top of the windows, ...

Igreja Matriz de Viana do Castelo / Sé de Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo

It denote the influence of the stonworkers of Galicia. The portal, with multiple archivolts, presents sculptures of the apostles. There are two big towers crowned by jagged battlements. The intrior has three naves with chapels in the transept.

Hotel Casa Melo Alvim

Viana do Castelo

Built in 1509 to taste Manueline Casa Melo Alvim is the oldest urban Manor of Viana do Castelo. Completely restored, this Inn offers comfort and harmony with the surrounding space. During this restoration, existed the care to preserve the architectural and cultural wealth, but also in enhancing the details, with the purpose to take the guest to cover different periods ...

Basílica de Santa Luzia

Viana do Castelo

The Basílica (a larg church), located in the Santa Luzia hill, is a 19th century building, projected by Ventura Terra, with a roman-bizantine inspiration, according to the epoch's prference for the classic models. Some authors identify its architecture with that of the Sacré Coeur in Paris.

Forte ou Castelo de Santiago da Barra

Viana do Castelo

Of the fortress, the Roqueta Tower, manuelin, is the oldest construction. In it there are the Cross of Christ and the manuelin armillary sphere. The structur of the fortress is of military architecture. The wall, with a pentagonal plan, has a system of triangular stronghold and was designed by Filipe de Terzi. In the interior, one can read the date ...

Axis Viana Business & Spa Hotel

Viana do Castelo

Opened in September 2008 and features a bold and contemporary architecture. Is situated between the Lima River and the Hill of Santa Luzia, next to the City Park. Offers 88 rooms and suites are comfortably equipped. It also has a modern restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace with swimming pool. The "Business Center" offers five meeting rooms. The "Axis Wellness" offers ...

Pousada de Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo

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 building dates back to 1918 and has 49 rooms and a suite, all with an elegant décor. The views of Viana do Castelo, the river and the sea are fantastic, in ...

Monte de Santa Luzia

Viana do Castelo

This is a leisure area where you can take a walk in the gardens of dense vegetation, and, at the same time, enjoy the views from the terrace. From this point you can see, not only the whole city but ...

Praia de Castelo de Neiva

Viana do Castelo

A beach that is part of a fishing area and is used as a boat shelter.There are some restaurants with menus of Minho dishes and fish dishes.

Igreja de Santa Cruz do Convento de São Domingos

Viana do Castelo

It used to be a part of the Convent of Saint Domingos, estroyed by a fire at the beginning of our century. The façade has a renaissance composition that circles the portal, which is sided by columns with chapiters. Between ...

Igreja de São Cláudio

Viana do Castelo

Rebuilt in 1145, it was consecrated by the Bishop of Tuy in 1201. A temple with one only nave, the portal has two ornamented archivolts. A special note to the triumphal arch decorated by spears and pearls and, on the ...

Gravuras Rupestres de Montedor

Viana do Castelo

Engravings from the Bronze age carved into the side surface of two granite boulders, placed side by side. The images represent reasons serpentine forms, horseshoes and Zoomorphic figures.

Praia da Amorosa-Chafé

Viana do Castelo

A beach with a large sand area and surrounded by many tourist villages.It has a first aid office and balnearies with showers.There are restaurants and discos in the centre of town.

Palácio dos Viscondes de Carreira ou dos Távoras

Viana do Castelo

A building of the 16th century, reformed in the 18th century, that has a façade with two floors. The manuelin influences are notorious in three of the portals. In the centre of the façade thre is the coat of arms ...

Castelo de Portuzelo

Viana do Castelo

Romanesque Palace with Castle features, with quadrangular and differentiated coverage in terrace. Features elevations of two floors and three corpses, topped by a central tower. In the 13th century, there was here an ancient Manor House, couto de Portuzelo. The ...

Parque de Valinhas

Viana do Castelo

Green space of great beauty, with small lakes with waterlilies, a vast Grove to offer shade and an area with stone tables and benches for picnics.

Chafariz Quinhentista

Viana do Castelo

This stone spout was built in 1559 and replaced another that existed in the same place at the beginning of the 16th century. It used to have an iron grating.

CMIA - Parque Ecológico Urbano

Viana do Castelo

Large wooded area, with garden benches and artificial lighting. Ideal place for walks and rest. Has extensive green areas where you can make picnics.

Convento de São Francisco do Monte

Viana do Castelo

A convent founded in the 16th century, it was the first in Viana do Castelo and the third of the Franciscans in Portugal. Currently it is ruined but it still has the several artitic and architectural elements that show the ...

Foz do Rio Lima

Viana do Castelo

The approximate 175 km of the Lima river (67 km in Portugal) end in the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo, with the Santa Luzia belvedere well on the top. Its mouth is also a boating area of extreme importance ...

Forte de Paçô

Viana do Castelo

A fortress located on the beach, just a few metres away from the sea. Rebuilt in the 17th century ath the time of the Restoration Wars, it played an important role during Napoleon's invasions. It was part of the defence ...

Casa de Miguel de Vasconcelos

Viana do Castelo

According to tradition, Miguel de Vasconcelos, Secretary of State of the Duque of Olivares and of the Countess of Mântua and killed in 1640, has lived here. The house has 1500s characteristics and still preserves some windows and doors with ...

Casa de João Velho ou dos Arcos

Viana do Castelo

A building of the 15th century that belonged to the navigator João Velho. Above the lower floor there is a shed that may have bem part of a set of arches that surrounded the "Praça Velha" (Old Square). Of the ...

Edifício da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo

The construction of this building started in 1520 and lasted until the end of the century. The project is due to John Lee, the younger. Is one of the most interesting works of civil architecture of the time. The façade, ...

Capela das Almas

Viana do Castelo

Ancient 13th century romainc chapel that once was the main chruch. Of the Middle Ages there is only left the south part. It was recovered in the 1700s and the ancient churchyard functioned as the cemetery of Viana until the ...

Praia de Afife

Viana do Castelo

A beach that is part of the Net Natura 2000.It has a vary pleasant surrounding area with a small salty water lagoon.It has a fist aid office.There are two fine quality restaurants with accessible prices.

Praia de Carreço

Viana do Castelo

Part of the Net Natura 2000.Ideal for coming with the family.First aid office and a small bar.

Praia do Bico - Arda

Viana do Castelo

A conceited beach, part of the Net Natura 2000.There are surf and byboard competitions here. There is na excellent quality small bar with nocturnal animation.

Praia do Cabedelo

Viana do Castelo

A rather appreciated beach, with a large sand area of fine sand, after a part with dunes.It has some quality expensive restaurants.Animated at night due to the bars and discos

Farol de Montedor

Viana do Castelo

Coastal Lighthouse built between 1908 and 1910, the present a quadrangular Tower, facades of four records, with coverage in semicircular roof crowned by a weather vane metallic. Inside, the staircase and to the tower guard, Newel posts and handrails in ...

Praia Norte

Viana do Castelo

A new beach, created specifically for tourism, with a salt water swimming pool.At the Pontal da Nazaré, in the southern extreme, thre is the fortress of the Archangel Saint Michael (17th century) and its lighthouse by the extense sand area ...

Fortim da Areosa / Fortim da Vinha

Viana do Castelo

A small defensive fortress, with a poligonal plan, that was part of the system of the protection of the coast.

Quinta do Santoínho

Viana do Castelo

Fifth of tourist animation, well known for its festivals minhotos, filled with traditional music, grilled sardines, fêveras, chicken, bread and white and red wine. Welcomes also exhibitions of regional parts: tools and farm implements, granaries of Viana do Castelo, a ...

Museu da Ourivesaria Tradicional

Viana do Castelo

The heart of Viana is, quit probably, the most well known work in this museum devoted to the History of Traditional Jewelry in Portugal.

Museu do Traje de Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo

A space for temporary exhibitions, with varied thematics.

Quinta da Boa Viagem

Viana do Castelo

A house that dates back to the 18th century, with a chapel built as a tribute to Our Lady of Boa Viagem, located on the hillside of the Santa Luzia mountain, with an amazing sea view.

Hotel Rali Viana

Viana do Castelo

Hotel recently renovated and located next to the historic and commercial centre. It offers 35 rooms and three suites, all well equipped, game room, indoor pool, restaurant and bar.

Ruínas da cidade velha de Santa Luzia

Viana do Castelo

This is one of the most important hill forts in upper Minho. Initially it was occupied in the 8th century a.C, and it was developed afterward during the Roman period being occupied until the 5th century. It presents three wall ...

Hotel Flôr de Sal

Viana do Castelo

Modern and refined Hotel, located right on the seafront, with access to a private beach. It offers comfortable and well-equipped rooms, some overlooking the sea, the Salt Cellar restaurant, with a very pleasant outdoor terrace, and a SPA\/healthclub.

Quinta da Bouça d'Arques

Viana do Castelo

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 land of clay with century-old trees. Adapted to the tourist aspect, offers ...

Kartódromo de Chafé

Viana do Castelo

Space with two runways with night lighting, with 468 metres and another with 1117 meters. There is also a bar, a restaurant, changing rooms, rooms for meetings and a few shops.

Marginal do Rio Lima

Viana do Castelo

This is a leisure area, where you can choose to take a walk and enjoy the fabulous view over the Lima River, the marina and the town. If you prefer, there’s plenty of room for sports, namely some radical ones. ...

Praia de Paçô

Viana do Castelo

Part of the Net Natura 2000, with a bay and a fortress. It has a First Aid office post.It is a shelter for small fishing boats.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Agonia

Viana do Castelo

A baroque chapel known for its big yearly procession that takes place in the month of August. In 1674 it was the Chapel of Bom Jesus do Santo Sepulcro do Calvário, later it became Bom Jesus da Via Sacra and ...

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