Monte de Santa Luzia
Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus
Don't miss a trip to this nearby mountain, just a 25-minute drive away, with its eight scenic villages and protected nature that...
If there are enough passengers, boats run up and down the Rio Lima daily in summer, from the pier south of Largo 5 de Outubro (the same...
Teatro Municipal Sá de Miranda
Viana do Castelo’s cultural epicentre, this pink-washed neoclassical theatre hosts a regular line-up of music, theatre, dance and the...
Barbecue aficionados should find this grill house for some of the best barbecue chicken and ribs in northern Portugal. You can also get...
Monte de Santa Luzia information
Lonely Planet review
There are two good reasons to visit Viana’s 228m, eucalyptus-clad hill. One is the wondrous view down the coast and up the Lima valley. The other is the fabulously over-the-top, 20th-century, neo-Byzantine Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus . You can get a little closer to heaven on its graffiti-covered roof, via a lift, followed by an elbow-scraping stairway (€0.80) – take the museum entrance on the ground floor.
Behind the Pousada do Monte de Santa Luzia is another attraction, the Ruinas da Cidade Velha , ruins of a Celtiberian citânia from around the 4th century BC. You’ll see the stones peeking above the wind-blown savannah. Most of the site is accessible via a boardwalk.
You can get up the mountain by the restored funicular , which departs from near the train station every 15 minutes. You can also drive or take a taxi (3.5km) to the top, or hike 2km of steps (only for the fit and/or penitent). The road starts by the hospital, and the steps begin about 200m up the road.