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District: Viana do Castelo
Trivia: Legend of city name - The history says that a beautiful princess named Ana lived in a castle hidden in the city. A young man fall in love with her, and whenever he could see her in a castle window he would start running with joy through the streets shouting. “Vi a Ana do Castelo! Vi a Ana do Castelo” (I saw Ana in the Castle)
Some points of interest: Mount of Santa Luzia, Citânia de Santa Luzia (Old Town), Theater Sá de Miranda, República Square
Some activities: Boat trip, Walking tours
Typical: Vianesa costume, Embroidery, Crockery, Viana pie, Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Agony
Viana do Castelo, founded by charter by King D. Afonso III in 1258, is the further north Portuguese city. Archaeological findings like Citânia de Santa Luzia from the Iron Age and other from the Mesolithic Age demonstrate that human occupation in this area goes back many thousands of years before Christ.
An excellent tourist city, where the progress and richness of a true living museum of ethnography and folklore come together in perfect harmony. From Santa Luzia Mountain observe the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Lima River.
The city, which grew along the Lima River, presents us with a heritage of various architectural styles such as Renaissance, Manueline, Baroque and Art Deco. A city of great history and traditions, which can be seen in its streets and well-preserved paths, complete by a strong religious heritage and manor houses. Its geographical location has meant that the Viana do Castelo inhabitants lived mostly from sea-related activities, especially from fishing and shipbuilding, and nowadays the shipyards of Viana do Castelo are the most important in Portugal.
It is an excellent tourist city, where the progress and the richness of a true living museum of ethnography and folklore come together in perfect harmony. From Santa Luzia Mountain you can observe the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Lima River. At the riparian zone you can find fun and enjoyable spaces for leisure where you can also enjoy all the beauty of the river and the sea in harmony with the city.