Viana do Castelo history, tourism, online and amazing info

Viana do Castelo is one of northern Portugal's best resorts. Located on the northern bank of the Lima estuary the town has a long sea-faring tradition. Explorers, traders and fishermen set sail from its port for South America, Africa and Newfoundland.

The heart of Viana do Castelo is the elegant Praça da República - this lovely square of Renaissance buildings includes the Chafariz fountain at its center and the striking Misericórdia almshouse dates from 1589. The old town hall, Câmara Municipal, is another fine Renaissance building in the square.

The nearby Igreja Matriz is the town's parish church and dates from the 15th century. The Meseu Municipal (City Museum) is located in an 18th century palace and houses a collection of ceramics, azulejos and paintings.

The Castelo de Santiago da Barro at the mouth of the river was built by the Spanish king Philip II to protect the port from pirates and there's a market on Fridays outside its walls.

There is a fantastic view of the town and the river from the top of the hill at Monte De Santa Luzia. Set in the eucalyptus trees on the summit is a modern basilica and a set of Celtic remains.

Viana do Castelo's beachs are famose across Portugal. The region beach's is ideal for waterports of all kinds: surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, even good, old-fashioned swimming.

The beach's are as yet pleasantly undeveloped so it is a good idea to bring along your own food and drink for the day. North of town the beach continues on virtually uninterrupted to the Spanish border and the area is good for hiking and cycling. It is also possible to take a short river trip up the Lima.

Viana do Castelo is also rightly famous for its annual Romaria Festival held in August which features processions, fireworks and the streets decorated with sawdust. Other smaller festivals and music events take place throughout the year - check the tourist office for details.

Viana do Castelo people are very big roller hokey fans. So heres the club website:

- http://www.juventudeviana.com/

Some of the Viana do Castelo City history and traditions(in English): http://www.enterportugal.com/viana_do_castelo.shtml || http://www.portugal-info.net/costaverde/vianadocastelo.htm || http://www.manorhouses.com/ports/viana.htm || http://www.portugalgolfe.com/porto/vianadocastelo.htm || http://www.contactovisual.pt/viana/ || http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viana_do_Castelo

Viana do Castelo City on google maps -|> http://maps.google.pt/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=pt-PT&geocode=&q=rua+dos+ma...

some of the region beaches: http://www.guiadacidade.pt/portugal/index.php?G=praias.lista&distritoid=16 (just click the beach name to see photos - click for example in: Praia do Moledo ) - some of the Viana do Castelo region beaches are well known among surfers worldwide

And heres some of the Viana do Castelo monuments and places to visit list:

Archaeology || Place || Parish
Citânia de Santa Luzia || Citania || Santa Maria Maior
Gravuras Rupestres de Montedor || Montedor || Carreço
Mamoa Afife || Afife || Afife
Monte do Castelo de Neiva || Neiva || Castelo do Neiva
Necrópole de Lordelo || Chafé || Chafé
Ponte Romana de Barroselas, sobre o Ribeiro Reis Magos || Barroselas || Barroselas

Castles || Place || Parish
Forte ou Castelo de Santiago da Barra || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate - Some photos: http://www.guiadeportugal.pt/pesquisa/photodisplay.aspx?path=/Imagens/Pe...
Castelo de Portuzelo || Portuzelo || Santa Marta de Portuzelo
Forte da Areosa ou Fortim da Areosa || Areosa || Areosa - Some photos: http://www.guiadeportugal.pt/pesquisa/photodisplay.aspx?path=/Imagens/Pe... || http://www.guiadeportugal.pt/pesquisa/photodisplay.aspx?path=/Imagens/Pe...
Forte de Montedor ou Fortim Paçô || Carreço || Carreço - Some photos: http://www.guiadeportugal.pt/pesquisa/photodisplay.aspx?path=/Imagens/Pe... || http://www.guiadeportugal.pt/pesquisa/photodisplay.aspx?path=/Imagens/Pe... || http://www.guiadeportugal.pt/pesquisa/photodisplay.aspx?path=/Imagens/Pe... || http://www.guiadeportugal.pt/pesquisa/photodisplay.aspx?path=/Imagens/Pe...

Lighthouse || Place || Parish
Farol de Montedor || Montedor || Carreço
Farol da Sra. da Agonia || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Farol do Castelo de Santiago || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate

Church/Monastery/Chapels || Place || Parish
Santuário de Sta. Lúzia || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Capela do Sr. das Necessidades || Lanheses || Lanheses
Capela da Sra. da Ajuda || Viana do Castelo || Meadela
Capela das Almas || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Capela de N. Sra. da Conceição da Rocha || Nogueira || Nogueira
Capela de N. Sra. da Consolação || Meadela || Meadela
Capela de N. Sra. das Candeias || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Capela de N. Sra. de Resgate || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Capela de N. Sra. do Carmo || Montaria || Montaria
Capela de Recolhimento de Santiago || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Capela de S. Roque || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Capela de S. Vicente || Viana do Castelo || Meadela
Capela de Sta. Catarina || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Capela de Sto. Amaro || Viana do Castelo || Meadela
Capela do Sr. do Bonfim || Carreço || Carreço
Capela do Sr. dos Passos || Perre || Perre
Igreja da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Igreja da Ordem Terceira de S. Francisco || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Igreja da Sra. da Agonia || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Igreja de N. Sra. das Dores || Perre || Perre
Igreja de S. Bento || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Igreja de S. Cláudio || Nogueira || Nogueira
Igreja de Sta. Cruz / Igreja de S. Domingos || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Igreja do Convento de S. Romão do Neiva ||Neiva || Neiva
Igreja do Convento de Sto. António || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Igreja e Convento de N. Sra. do Carmo || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Igreja Matriz de Viana do Castelo / Sé de Viana do Castelo || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Igreja Paroquial da Meadela / Igreja de Sta. Cristina || Viana do Castelo || Meadela
Igreja Paroquial de Geraz do Lima / Igreja de Sta. Leocádia || Geraz do Lima (Sta. Leocádia) || Geraz do Lima (Santa Leocádia)
Igreja Paroquial de Nogueira / Igreja de S. João Baptista || Nogueira || Nogueira

Town/Region viewpoints || Place || Parish
Miradouro de Sta. Luzia || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Miradouro da Casa Florestal || Afife || Afife
Miradouro da Porqueira || Carreço || Carreço
Miradouro da Senhora das Neves || Afife || Afife
Miradouro da Sra. do Minho || Montaria || Montaria
Miradouro da Sra. dos Emigrantes || Real || Castelo do Neiva
Miradouro das Casas Florestais || Areosa || Areosa
Miradouro das Placas || Afife || Afife
Miradouro de Montedor || Carreço || Carreço
Miradouro de S. Pedro || São Pedro || Freixieiro de Soutelo
Miradouro de S. Silvestre || Feijó || Serreleis
Miradouro de Santa Justa || Carvoeiro || Carvoeiro
Miradouro de Santo António || Afife || Afife
Miradouro do Cuturo || Afife || Afife
Miradouro do Depósito || Areosa || Areosa
Miradouro do Gorito do Outeiro || Outeiro || Outeiro
Miradouro do Monte de Roques || Vila Franca || Vila Franca
Miradouro do Monte do Galeão || Darque || Darque
Miradouro do Penedo da Saudade || Gateira || Afife

Museums || Place || Parish
Museu Municipal de Viana do Castelo || Monserrate || Monserrate
Museu do Traje || Viana do Castelo || Santa Maria Maior
Navio Museu Gil Eanes || Viana do Castelo || Monserrate
Núcleo Museológico Arqueologia de Sta. Maria Geraz do Lima || Geraz do Lima (Santa Maria) || Geraz do Lima (Santa Maria)
Núcleo Museológico do Pão || Outeiro || Outeiro
Núcleo Museológico Moinhos de Montedor || Montedor || Carreço

Palaces || Place || Parish
Paço de Anha || Vila Nova de Anha || Vila Nova de Anha
Palácio dos Viscondes de Carreira ou dos Távoras || Santa Maria Maior || Santa Maria Maior

Waterfalls || Place || Parish
Poço Negro || Areosa || Areosa
Queda de Água de Cabanas || Pião || Afife
Queda de Água do Pincho || Vela Grande || Montaria

And here is some of the previously quoted Viana do Castelo monuments and places to visit photos index: http://www.travel-images.com/portugal-viana.html || http://www.portugal-book.com/costaverde/vianadocastelo/index.htm || http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=393672 || http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=549304 || http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=295074 || http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=295080 || http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=295088 || http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=238888 || http://www.worldisround.com/articles/4878/index.html || http://www.travel-images.com/portugal-viana.html || http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/561980435gLDScL || http://www.portugal-photos.com/Viana%20do%20Castelo/index.html || http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=305750

Viana do Castelo hostel and hotel links were your can stay during the days will pass in Viana City(links in English and Portuguese):

- http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g189185-Viana_do_Castelo_Northern_Po...
- http://www.booking.com/hoteis/city/es/viana.pt.html?aid=304085;bnr=2;lab...
- http://www.logitravel.pt/navegacion/costas/ciudad.aspx?sesion=178200517&...
- http://hotels.bookingseurope.com/city/pt/Viana-Do-Castelo.html?lang=pt&l...
- http://www.booking.com/searchresults.pt.html?ifl=on;si=ai,co,ci,re;ss=Vi...
- http://www.pousadas.pt/historicalhotels/PT/pousadas/Portugal/Norte/Monte...
- http://www.pai.pt/Viana+do+Castelo/Pens%C3%B5es.html
- http://www.pai.pt/Viana+do+Castelo/Residenciais.html
- http://www.contactovisual.pt/viana/residen.html
- http://portalnacional.com.pt/viana-do-castelo/hotelaria/hotelaria/hoteis...
- http://www.lifecooler.pt/Portugal/alojamento/PensaoRestauranteCompostela
- http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Viana-do-Castelo-047018.en.htm
- http://www.hostelscentral.com/city-1330.html
- http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/portugal/viana-do-castelo/

Viana Do Castelo Restaurants links, were your can eat during the days will pass in Viana City(links in English and Portuguese):

- http://www.viverportugal.com/index.php?pid=11&did=2&cid=268
- http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g189185-Viana_do_Castelo_Northern...
- http://www.guiadosrestaurantes.pt/a000010.aspx?d=17
- http://www.contactovisual.pt/viana/restaur.html
- http://portugal-hotels.com/com/comer.php?c=308&lg=en

PostScript: BRING A GPS NAVIGATOR SYSTEM WITH IBERIA MAPS!!! even on foot is a very easy and nice way to move were you want to go in Viana do Castelo

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