The beaches on this area hold a great attraction for the urban and rural populations, who have easy access to the coast. The busiest time of the year is the summer, when people come in search of rest, sun and sea as well as for recreational activities such as sailing, water-sking, bobyboarding, windsurfing and surfing.
Don't miss, but don't forget the water is a little cold :-)
About 5 km north Viana do Castelo is Santa Luzia hill and the Basilica.
The Basilica is very beautiful.
From the Basilica there's an astonishing view over Viana do Castelo, the bridge, the river and the sea.
I was up there for a while, enjoying the view, ...
Click here to see some Basilica's photos.
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Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Viana do Castelo is the view i mentioned and the imposing Basilica.
* Praça da Liberdade
4900 Viana do Castelo
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* Rua do Hospital Velho
4900- 540 Viana do Castelo
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You must go to Gerês, wich is not far from Viana do Castelo. It's a all the year green place, well preserved, with wild animals, watterfalls, natural pools, ...
Fondest memory: What loved most in Gerês was the camping place.It was located between two rivers in wich we could swimm and the sounds of nature.Early in the morning lots of birds sang all over the forest and at night it was time for the crickets to appear.Couldn't be better.
Travel inland to see the river Lima and north to see the Minho and the Spanish frontier. Particularly good places where I have been are Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte de Barca, Ponte da Lima, Caminha, Valença and Melgaço. I am sure the National Park is phenominal and regret not having been.
Fondest memory: Among many, probably eating my picnic lunch while looking at the bridge at Ponte da Lima [photo] comes top.
Whereas I see many excellent places there are not many that I oculd envisage living in. This is one.
Favorite thing: The Barragem da Caniçada is an artifitial lake with many beautiful houses around, luxuriant vegetation and wilde animals, like the wolfes and eagles. It belong to the protected area called Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, with area 700Km2.
Favorite thing: The town lying at the mouth of the River Lima has a history linked with the sea. In the 15th Century it gained importance as the port from which explorers set sail. From here sailed Jo?o Velho who was to chart the Congo, and Jo?o ?lvares Fagundes who charted the rich fishing grounds off Newfoundland. An enterprising English community settled here prior to 1580 for the export of local wine. The Spanish invasion of that year drove them further south but by 1700 they had re-established their flourishing business in the City only to move back to Porto due to the growth in the Port wine trade.
Favorite thing: At the Praia Norte beach there is a nice wooden path that leads you until some rocks and you can have an amazing view over the sea and for the fishermen a good place for fishing.
At the Praia Norte beach, you can find two natural swimming polls on the sea, one for children and other for adults.
Enjoy the sea!
It is in this lovely town where the River Lima join the Atlantic Ocean, so Viana do Castelo has some beautiful harbours.
You can admire beautiful boats and yachts and park yours of course ;-)
Favorite thing: You can get some river cruises at a very affordable prices. You can actually get some cruises that last for a couple of days where you can navigate on the river all the way up the valley.