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Best things to do in Viana do Castelo

Spiritual Center
“ Assuming itself as the "ex libris" of the city of Viana do Castelo, its site is a unique view of the region, which reconciles the sea, the Lima river with its valley, and the entire surrounding mountain complex. It is considered the 3rd best panorama in the world, according to National Geographic (1927).”
31 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Il y a plusieurs magasins et restaurants / Há várias lojas e restaurantes / There are several stores and restaurants.”
20 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the best way to meet our traditions. Visit our Museum of clothing and traditional customs.”
11 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Must try the "bolas de berlim" (custard-filled Berliner doughnut), probably the best in the country! They come out daily at 11h45 and 16h45 (16h00 on Sundays) - be there early because they sell out fast! Tip: cut the queue and go to the backroom tables where you can get served faster (if you want to take away however, queueing is necessary). *** [www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jul/02/portugal-custard-doughnuts-bolas-de-berlim-pastelaria-confeitaria-manuel-natario]”
20 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Located sided the Hospital Ship Gil Eannes Museum at 5 minutes from the lodge.”
10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Se gosta de escolher o que vai comer, visite. Ambiente fantástico, serviço requintado. Convém reservar em agosto”
9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“great surfing spot for beginners; beach cam: http://surftotal.pt/camaras-report/viana-do-castelo-hd”
13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good place to eat portuguese dishes, ice-creams and crepps. Also you may eat light dishes or drink café. This place is in front of beach and has esplanade”
8 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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“Not in the city center, but it deserves a drive to this amazing place. Try Rojões and Sarrabulho rice!”
8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
1 local recommends
Museum
“Hoje chamado Museu de Artes Decorativas, é situado no antigo palácio do séc. XVIII da família Barbosa Maciel, cujas paredes interiores estão revestidas de magníficos azulejos pintados em 1721, este museu expõe a colecção de louças portuguesas mais importante do país. No piso térreo podem ver-se belos móveis indo-portugueses talhados ou com embutidos, cerâmicas e loiças antigas portuguesas, italianas e holandesas.”
1 local recommends
Natural Feature
3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“ A beatifull city filled with traditions and great views. The atlantic ocean and river minho are some of the views!”
6 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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3 locals recommend
Locality
“Viana do Castelo is the capital of the district and a beautiful small town! It is located only 10kms from Afife. Viana do Castelo is one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Portugal. Its involvement in the Portuguese Discoveries and, later on, cod fishing shows its traditional connection to the sea. The special geographical situation of the city, next to the sea and to the mouth of the river Lima, can be seen from the Santa Luzia hill. This stunning view and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a revivalist building by Ventura Terra, of 1898, could be your starting point for visiting the city. Viana is rich in palaces emblazoned with coats of arms, churches and monasteries, monumental fountains and water features that constitute a wealth of heritage worth visiting. At the Tourist Office, you can ask for a brochure and choose a route inspired by Manueline, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Deco or tile architecture. Whichever streets you stroll through in the historic centre, you will always come back to the Praça da República, the heart of the city. This is where you will find the 16th century Misericórdia building and fountain, as well as the old Paços do Concelho (Town Hall). Close by is the Romanesque Cathedral or Igreja Matriz (Parish Church). ”
37 locals recommend