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Living Viana

Princess of Lima

Viana do Castelo is a beautiful historic town on the Atlantic coast. It is 70 km north of Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal. Oporto is classified as a World Heritage city by UNESCO.

Oporto International Airport (OPO), ranked by ACI as one of the top 3 European airports, is located just 50 km south of Viana do Castelo and is easily reached from over 60 international destinations.

Viana do Castelo has a population of 88.000 inhabitants and it features a beautifully well-kept historical centre, with lovely picturesque narrow streets, colourful houses and impressive monuments.

Culture & Tradition

Princess of Lima, cheerful and extroverted...
Viana do Castelo, a city in the Minho region, has deep roots and traditions in cultural and folk heritage that have been maintained over the years. These historic roots and traditions provide local residents with a great sense of pride.

Those who live in and visit the city can enjoy an immensely rich heritage that includes colourful local costumes, authentic gold filigree, a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, beautiful landscapes and a rich regional gastronomy.

As a result, Viana do Castelo is a lively and colourful city that should not be missed.


Nice golden sandy beaches, perfect for water sports.
On Portugal's northern coast, where Viana do Castelo is located, beaches are known for their relaxing moments.

Strong wind conditions and good waves enable the practice of various water sports, such as surfing, bodyboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddlesurfing. 

Turism in Viana

If you are a tourist in Viana do Castelo and need some useful information about the city, visit the Viana do Castelo City Hall's website where you will find information about:

City of Passions

What to do

Museums and museum spaces

Where to eat

Useful information