Viana do Castelo Things to Do

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    Santa Luzia

    by solopes Updated Jun 13, 2012

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    Santa Luzia - Viana do Castelo - Portugal
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    It's "impossible" to go to Viana do Castelo without a visit to Santa Luzia.

    I've been there only once, and... went up, of course!

    It's not very representative (as a matter of fact it's a copy of Sacré Coeur, from Paris), it's almost empty,but it's interesting, and the climbing provides the best views of town.

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    Praça da República

    by cachaseiro Written May 7, 2010

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    Pra��a da Rep��blica in Viana Do Castelo.

    Praça da República is the main square in Viana Do Castelo.
    It´s a pretty square surrounded by historical buildings and two fountains and you have a few cafes with outdoor serving there so it´s the natural meeting point if you are in Viana Do Castelo.

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    The santa luzia church.

    by cachaseiro Written May 7, 2010

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    The santa luzia church sitting above town.

    The santa luzia church is nesting above town and there is a fantastic view from up there that some would say is more interesting than the church itself, but it is a fairly interesting church build in the past century by portugese architect Miguel Ventura Terra.
    the road up to the church is long and winding, but you have nice facilities up there with toilets and a couple of cafes so i would suggest that you go there by foot if you have the stamina.

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    The Castle.

    by cachaseiro Written May 7, 2010

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    The castle in Viana Do Castelo.

    Viana Do Castelo has a 17th century castle that was originally build to keep pirates at bay.
    Today the exterior is still quite well preserved while the interior is being partly used by the local council for more practical matters.
    It´s certainly worth taking a walk around it and there is no entrance fee to the place.

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    The harbour.

    by cachaseiro Written May 7, 2010

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    The harbour in Viana Do Castelo.

    The harbour in Viana Do Castelo is still lively even if it is not as busy as it once was.
    There is still a bit of fishing going on and there are also some freighter ships coming in aswell as many private yachts.
    Strolling along the quayside is something i always do whenever i am in town.

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    The Basilica of Saint Luzia

    by ncfg Updated May 1, 2007

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    The fabulous Basilica is dated from 1926; it is in honour to Saint Luzia. It ia a remarkable granite temple gradually constructed by local stone masons.
    Around the Basilica you will find beautiful and pleasant gardens.
    You can go up to the top of the Basilica and appreciate the amazing view over the town, the river Lima mouth and the sea, it is just extraordinary.

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    Praça da República

    by micas_pt Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    Pra��a da Rep��blica

    This well-kept square is the heart of the city’s historic centre and it is a good starting point to explore Viana do Castelo. Some say that it is one of the most beautiful squares of Portugal.

    Dominating the square, you may admire the 16th century fountain – Chafariz (not depicted on my photo, since it was under refurbishment and I choose not to shoot it).

    The houses surrounding the spacious and traffic-less square are charming, being that most of them house commerce and cafes; these later provide nice esplanades to enjoy the sunny days. Two buildings outstand from the remaining: The Hospital and the City Hall.

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    Museu do Traje

    by ncfg Written Mar 13, 2005

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    The costume museum (Museu do Traje) is located in Praça da Republica. There you will admire the colourful Vianese costume. In feasts, fairs and festivals in the region of Minho men and women dress this traditional costume. Take a look to my costume tip to see them.

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    Praça da Republica

    by ncfg Written Mar 13, 2005

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    The historic centre of Viana do Castelo is quite beautiful, narrow streets and amazing monuments to admire.
    Praça da Républica is the main square where you can find nice cafes, shops and beautiful buildings.

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    Castelo de S. Tiago da Barra

    by ncfg Written Nov 20, 2004

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    The Castle or Fort of Saint Tiago da Barra is a must see. It is located near the mouth of the river Lima, so you will have beautiful views from there.
    This fort is a sixteenth century construction. It was built on the orders of Manuel I to help resolve the problems of pirates.
    After exploring the fort, don't miss a visit to the headquarters of the Alto Minho Regional Tourist Board, which is installed in a building inside the fort.

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    The Basilica of Saint Luzia

    by Sam_Hall Written Oct 2, 2004
    The Basilica of Saint Luzia

    This beautiful catherdral can be seen for miles . It sits high up in the hill's and demands that you go look at it. It is a beautiful place and will insipire you no matter what your religion is. Make a point of climbing to the top of the dome as the view is inrcredible.

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    Santa Luzia Mount

    by ncfg Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    In the top of the mount you can see the fabulous Basilica of the Saint Luzia. The mount has the name of the Saint.
    From there you had a view over the entire town, the river Lima and the sea. Just an amazing view! Don't miss!!!

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    Old Town Hall

    by johnsakura Written Jan 18, 2004

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    From the beginning of 16th century, this building has some gotic details. On the ground floor, under the arcade,used to be sold the bread. A staircase took to the upper floor where the town council meet.

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    16th century fountain

    by johnsakura Written Jan 18, 2004
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    Located on Praca da Republica. Its from the 16th century.
    This monument was finished in 1554 and this is a construction from Joao Lopes The Old.
    This monument present itself has a transition from the gothic and the renaissance.

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    City's Cathedral

    by johnsakura Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Romanic-gothic style from the 15th century with influencies from Galician architecture more notable on the door area which remembers the Tuy's Cathedral (Galicia-Spain).
    On the inside you have many chappels from the 1500's on "late gothic manuelino" and renaissance style.

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