Discover Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo was one of the most important cities in the world during the Age of Discoveries. Today, a thriving fishing port, the city is a Mecca of architecture with an interesting mixture between culture and adventure sports.
The mild weather makes Viana do Castelo a wonderful spot for spending time in the out of doors. Enjoy hiking, cycling and wildlife spotting. On the Monte de Santa Luzia you will find scenic trails that offer lovely views. Not surprisingly, the beaches in Viana do Castelo provide the backdrop for many of the most popular activities including swimming, fishing, boating and diving. Some are content to just lounge on the shore with a good book and a cold drink.
In the city’s surroundings, you can take a bicycle ride on the cycle paths along the coast or the river or a walk on one of the many marked trails, as well as practise surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and bodyboarding on the golden sandy beaches. There are also opportunities for jet skiing, sailing, rowing and canoeing on the River Lima.
The Portuguese coast is famous for its surfing spots, and though Viana do Castelo is not one of the most popular ones, it offers surfers a chance to practice. At Cabedelo beach, surfers can encounter hollow sheltered waves over a sandy seabed where they can learn to ride the tide. Also, Viana attract kitersurfers, at the small town of Moledo you can find winds blowing north or northwest. Winds here are not as powerful as in other spots; this makes Moledo a perfect spot for kitesurfing beginners or people wanting to learn the techniques.
Viana do Castelo’s region is divided by the Lima Riverthat flows to the ocean from the Peneda Geres National Park. Lima River offers fun kayak outings along calm waters with beginner level rapids. There, you can experience the beauty of the natural landscape surrounding Viana with a pinch of adrenaline.
At Peneda Geres National Park you will discover an ancient Roman paved road while surrounded by an oak forest. On this easy 6 kilometers, 4 hour hike, you will soak up all the beauty of the region which made the Roman think they had reached heaven.
Speed junkies will be able to benefit from the whimsical geography of Viana do Castelo. Riding a 4x4 or a mountain bike, you can ride to the top of Monte de Santa Luzia where you will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, according to National Geographic. Whether you are an architectural geek or an adrenaline hunter, Viana do Castelo will make you fall on your knees.