Attractions

Hill in Viana do Castelo

Monte de Santa Luzia

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 …
Ship in Viana do Castelo

Gil Eannes

Demanding attention on the waterfront near Largo 5 de Outubro is a pioneering naval hospital ship, the Gil Eannes (zheel yan-ish). Now restored, the ship once provided on-the-job care for those fishing off the coast…
Beach in Viana do Castelo

Praia do Cabedelo

This is one of the Minho’s best beaches: a 1km-long arch of blond, powdery sand that folds into grassy dunes backed by a grove of wind-blown pines. It’s across the river from town, best reached on a five-minute ferr…
Square in Viana do Castelo

Praça da República

This fine hub of seven narrow laneways is at the heart of the old town’s zone of mansions and monuments. An especially elegant example is the Chafariz, a Renaissance fountain built in 1554. The fountain is topped wi…
Museum in Viana do Castelo

Fábrica do Chocolate

The town's newest attraction is this small five-room museum devoted to chocolate. It's fun and interactive, treating you to tidbits of facts and curiosities, but it's also often packed with school groups. There's a …
Museum in Viana do Castelo

Museu de Arte e Arqueologia

The 18th-century Palacete Barbosa Maciel bears witness to Viana’s affluent past. It houses this impressive collection of 17th- and 18th-century ceramics (especially blue Portuguese china) and furniture. Most impress…
Castle in Viana do Castelo

Castelo de São Tiago da Barra

You can still scoot around the ramparts of this squat castle, a short walk west of the centre, which began in the 15th century as a smallish fort. It was integrated into a larger fort, commissioned by Felipe II of S…
Church in Viana do Castelo

Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus

This fabulously over-the-top, 20th-century, neo-Byzantine church is one of two reasons to visit Viana’s 228m eucalyptus-clad hill. You can get a little closer to heaven on its graffiti-covered roof, via a lift, foll…
Museum in Viana do Castelo

Museu do Traje

This attractive museum houses the traditional wear used for farming, fishing and seaweed harvesting in centuries past. You’ll see costumes worn during the Romaria de Nossa Senhora d’Agonia and cool antique looms. Th…
Historic Site in Viana do Castelo

Ruinas da Cidade Velha

Behind the Pousada do Monte de Santa Luzia are these ruins of a Celtiberian citânia (fortified village) from around the 4th century BC. You’ll see the stones peeking above the wind-blown savannah. Most of the site i…