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Viana do Castelo

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To see Visiting Viana do Castelo – The northern Top


The most northern city in the coast, green, cool, friendly, proud of its traditions, Viana do Castelo is a very welcoming city, and a reference in naval construction, traditional food and typical costumes.

​Santa Luzia is the city’s highlight, but travelling around is an opportunity to find some beautiful almost unspoiled places.

Santa Luzia

Visiting Viana do Castelo
Santa Luzia

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.

Folklore

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Viana 484

The north of Portugal is the most traditionalist of all Portuguese regions.

Minho has also the most beautiful traditional costumes. Aware of that, the city’s celebrations are a very good opportunity to see and feel it.

​PS – I think that almost ninety per cent of the Portuguese folk recreations abroad use the costumes and dances of this area.

Gold

Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo

Yes, Minho has the most colorful (and beautiful) costume of Portugal, and Viana do Castelo is proud of its tradition. 

The most interesting detail is that tradition invites women to use all their “richness”, and their necks may hold several kilograms of gold. 

​Of course, nowadays, each woman in traditional parade, is always protected by a few relatives, as personal bodyguards.

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