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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 …
Portuguese in Viana do Castelo

À Moda Antiga

Right on the waterfront opposite the Jardim Marginal, this retro market and bistro serves great weekday lunch menus for just €6, as well as all-day dishes such as handmade burgers. The industrial space has high ceil…
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…
Grill in Viana do Castelo

Zefa Carqueja

Barbecue aficionados should find this grill house for some of the best barbecue chicken and ribs in northern Portugal. You can also get barbecued seafood – including lobster. Dine in or line up at the grill and take…
Portuguese in Viana do Castelo

Casa de Pasto Maria de Perre

A convivial two-floor restaurant with exposed stone walls in a tiny side street off the waterfront, it gets very busy at lunchtime. The focus is on daily specials featuring fresh fish dishes and also hearty meat opt…
Seafood in Viana do Castelo

Taberna do Valentim

This bright and buzzing seafood restaurant serves fresh grilled fish by the kilo and rich seafood stews – arroz de tamboril (monkfish rice) and caldeirada (fish stew).
Bakery in Viana do Castelo

Confeitaria Natário

This popular bakery is the place to try delicious bolas de Berlim (cream-filled doughnuts), which are so good that you may have to wait in line to get some.
Seafood in Viana do Castelo

O Pescador

A simple, friendly, family-run restaurant admired by locals for its good seafood, and tasty lunch specials (from €6.50).
Religious in Viana do Castelo

Romaria de Nossa Senhora d’Agonia

Streets decorated with coloured sawdust, women decked out in traditional finery of scarlet and gold, men drinking till they keel over. Viana do Castelo’s Romaria de Nossa Senhora d’Agonia is one of the Minho’s most …