If you like open air markets you will find a very good and organized fair every Friday in Viana do Castelo. There you have clothes,shoes, fruits and vegetables, and others things.
You will find a little hard to park your car but I am sure that will not be a problem :-)
Vinho Verde: Green Wine
These wines which are aptly named Vinho Verde (Green Wine) as they are picked early and drunk young. The Portuguese home market consumes more red than white Vinho Verde, whilst the white is exported. It is mainly yellow in colour but some have a suggestion of slight green. They classify as a semi-sparkling wine and have a slightly biting or prickling quality and a refreshing twang. The vines are kept clear of the ground by being draped on trees or specially constructed trellises. This serves a double purpose, firstly by freeing the land beneath for cultivation, and secondly, protecting the vine against damp and parasitic rot. These wines have a lower alcohol content. The appellation region of Vinho Verde is from south of Porto up to the Spanish boarder. The towns they cover are in six groups:
Amarante - (Amarante, Marco de Canavezes)
Basto - (Cbabeceiras de Basto, Mondim de Basto, Ribeira de Pena)
Braga - (Amares, Barcelos, Braga, Espseonde, Fafe, Guimar?es, P?voa do Lanhoso,
Santo Tirso, Vieira do Minho, Vila Nova de Famali??o, Vila Verde)
Lima - (Arcos-de-Valdevez, Ponte de Barca, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo)
Mon??o - (Melga?o, Mon??o)
Penafiel - (Felgueiras, Lousada, Pa?os de Ferreira, Paredes, Penafiel)
What to buy: The most well-known labels are Acacio, Algulha, Alianca, Alvarinho de Moncao, Aveleda, Azal de Lixa, Bargos, Campo de Vinha, Casa da Calcada, Campelo, Casa de Compostela, Casa de Landeiro, Casa da Seara, Casa de Sezim, Casa de Tapada, Casa de Valle, Casa de Vilacetinho, Casal Garcia, Casal Mendes, Casal Miranda, Casal de Seara, Casala, Casalinho, Caves de Cerca, Caves Felgerias Rubeas, Chello, Convento de Ganfei, Couto dos Frades, Danaide, Dom Crespo, Dom Dalvador, Dom Paterna, Encostas de Paderne, Faamega, Gamba, Gatao,Gazela, Lagosta, Leiras Mancas, Loureiro, Magriao, Meireles, Mesa do Presidente, Mioita, Moirinte, Morgadio da Torre, Moura Basto, Mouralhas de Moncao, Ouro de Minho, Oura Verde, Paco de Teixeira Palacio da Brejoeira, Pavao, Ponte de Barca, Ponte de Lima, Porta Nova, Portal do Fidalgo, Quinta da Aveleda, Quinta de Azevedo, Quinta do Crasto, Quinta de Crespos, Quinta de Curvos, Quinta de Luou, Quinta do Miogo, Quinta da Pedra, Quinta da Pena, Quinta da Portela, Quinta se Sao Claudio, Quinta de Santa Teresa, Quinta de Simaenas Quinta do Tamariz, Santola, Savel, Sao Goncalo, Senhoria, Soalheiro, Solar das Bou?as, Souto Vedro, Tamego, Terras de Felgueiras, Terras da Nabrega, Tia Chica, Tres Marias, Tormes, Vale de Ambraes, Vale de Cambra, Valvicoso, Varanda dos Reis, Vercoope, Verdegar, Verdilhao, Via Latina, Vilacetinho, Vilancete,and Vinha Verde.
stret scene: Shopping area
This is a local street where many shops can be found. At the moment I visited Viana do Castelo, the city was full of Portuguese emigrants that came to pass the summer in the nearby areas where they used to live and where still have a house.
Portuguese traditional gold jewellery, is well represented here in Viana. The most known pieces are gold hearts, butterflies and "brasileiras" ( a typical gold necklace: see "Festas da Agonia", where all the girls carry them with their traditional folk suits ). On the picture a gold cross in filigree.
Estação Viana: Shopping centre
The new mall just had opening in the centre of the town.
What to buy: It has several shops and several good restaurants.
Viana do Castelo unique Pottery.
Found in many shops around the city, you can also visit the most important factory:
F?brica de Lou?as de Viana
outside town on the road to Ponte de Lima.
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