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Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By air

The closest airport is Sá Carneiro International Airport in Porto, with frequent flights from Lisbon, Madeira, and many principal European cities. You can fly to Porto and then catch a transport to the city.

By train

The train station of Viana do Castelo is located in this borough, and there is a train to almost every city in the country, such as Lisbon, Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Fátima, Figueira da Foz, Portimão, Porto, Guimarães and Guarda.

By bus

Some companies, such as AVIC, have connections to Porto and Lisboa.

By car

The two main highways through town are:

A28 - Connects the town to Porto, Matosinhos, Leça da Palmeira, Póvoa de Varzim, Apulia/Barcelos, Esposende, Vila Praia de Âncora and Caminha.
A27 - Connects the town to Ponte de Lima and Ponte da Barca.

Key places to visit
Basilica of Santa Luzia, Gil Eanes Naval Museum, Former City Hall, Consistory of Misericordia, Fort of Santiago da Barra, Mother Church, Geraz do Lima Carriage museum


Places to Visit

Basilica of Santa Luzia

Basilica of Santa Luzia, on Mt. St. Luzia - Constructed in 1903, it was inspired by the Sacré Coeur de Montmartre in Paris. From the basilica's location on top of Mount St. Luzia, there are spectacular views of the city and the beach. The best view of the city can be seen from the pinnacle of the church, accessible from the church through an elevator or through the stairs. You can reach the basilica either by car via the Santa Luzia highway, or by taking the Santa Luzia Elevator.

Gil Eanes Naval Museum

Gil Eanes Naval Museum, on the Dock - A floating naval hospital constructed in 1952 and which operated until 1973. It is now open to the public as a kind of museum, housing the original equipment. The ship has operation rooms, communication equipments, refrigerating chambers and a reinforced hull. It was restored by a group of locals. It was then adapted to become a youth hostel and is one of the city's biggest attractions.

Former City Hall

Former City Hall, at the Praça da República (Republic Square) - Built in the 16th century, it is located in the Praça da República. In the facade you can see the coat of arms of the city: a boat and an an armillary sphere.

Consistory of Misericordia

Consistory of Misericordia, at the Praça da República (Republic Square) - Situated at the Praça da República, the complex is constituted by the Misericórdia Hospital, with one of the most beautiful renaissance facades in the city, built by João Lopes, and by the Misericórdia Church, remodeled in the 18th century, with beautiful tiles inside.

Fort of Santiago da Barra

Fort of Santiago da Barra, on Campo do Castelo. Consisting of an quadrangular outer wall with the Roqueta tower in the center, this fort was constructed during the reign of Dom Manuel I. The tower displays the coat of arms of the city, flanked by an armillary sphere and by the Order of Christ Cross.

Mother Church

Mother Church (15th century), in Romanesque style. The façade is flanked by two large towers with merlons at the top, while in the middle is a Gothic portal with archivolts decorated by sculptures of the Passion of Christ and of the Apostles. The interior is on the Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles, spearated by arches supported by pillars. The chapels of St. Bernard and of the Holy Sacrament are attributed to João Lopes the Elder.

Geraz do Lima Carriage museum

Geraz do Lima Carriage Museum is a museum in Geraz do Lima, Viana do Castelo, Portugal dedicated to Carriage.
It contains equine-related artifacts and artwork, as well as over 50 antique horse-drawn carriages from Europe and Americas.

Right Time to Visit

June - August


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