Viana do Castelo is a city and a municipality, in Norte region, Portugal. This old sailing town is said to date back to 1156 BC, boasting many historical sights and buildings. It is also famous for its decorative filigree jewellery which reflects back to the time of Moor occupation.
A main feature of the city is the attractive main square that features both a 1553 water fountain and the Miseriacórdia house that was constructed in 1598. Close by is its 15th Century Cathedral and city museum.
In the northwest part of the city the 18th Century Chapel Nossa Senhora da Agonia plays an important part in its annual celebrations. Located on the high hill of Monte Santa Luzia is the modern unattractive basilica that dominates over the City. From this point there are magnificent views of the surroundings whilst slightly hidden in a wood close by is the remains of a Celtic-Iberian settlement that has been reconstructed with many small huts and paved streets.
Things to See & Do
* Castelo do Neiva – Castle
* Santa Luzia basilica
* Old Celtic town
* Main city square
Cruise Season – Feb – Dec
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – Portuguese
Land Area – 318.6 km²
Population – 90,654
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code + 351
Port Location – The port is located across the River Lima Estuary from Viana do Castelo, approximately 2km’s from the town centre.