Visiting Viana do Castelo

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To see 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

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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.

Folklore

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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.