: Aeroporto Sá Carneiro (Porto Airport)
: Estação Viana Shopping
: Praia Norte
: Town centre
: Town Centre
Viana do Castelo is the capital town of Viana do Castelo District. It is a large town in the charming Portuguese Costa Verde with approximately 80 000 inhabitants. It sits in a long stretch of beaches comprised of Amorosa, Rodanho and Cabedelo on the south side, Praia Norte in the centre, Carreço, Praia do Forte (aka Praia dos Ingleses), Praia da Arda (aka Mariana) on the north side.
Viana has a historical centre with stone paved streets and listed buildings, many restaurants, cafes, bars, a peculiar shopping centre called “Estação Viana” (which also serves a train and bus/coach terminal); a marina and its very own beach within walking distance which are the locals’ favourite places for long walks. If you’re keen on active holidays you’ll find a range of water sports, mountain and river activities.
Dividing the south and north side of town there’s River Lima and two bridges, with the oldest one designed by Eiffel. As soon as you reach Viana you can enjoy a full view of the town including Santa Luzia Mount sitting between the sea and the river, with its famous Santa Luzia’s Sanctuary (a must go local attraction). Our apartment is located on the slope of the west side of the mount overlooking the ocean, making it an ideal location to enjoy the relaxed sunsets from the balcony after exploring this appealing area.