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Best things to do in Viana do Castelo District

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

National Park
“The only national park in Portugal, with a great diversity of flora, fauna and historical and cultural heritage.”
81local recommendations
Spiritual Center
“This iconic mountain top church has a small museum & dome offering panoramic views.”
30local recommendations
Shopping Mall
“Il y a plusieurs magasins et restaurants / Há várias lojas e restaurantes / There are several stores and restaurants.”
20local recommendations
Mountain
“Parque Nacional Peneda-Geres, on arrival, consult tourist office, for more information about the park. 60Km.”
15local recommendations
Museum
“This is the best way to meet our traditions. Visit our Museum of clothing and traditional customs.”
11local recommendations
Point of Interest
“Wonderful conservation area with a lake and farm cultivating special varieties of plant and local rare breeds of animal. Also has a climb the tree tops experience for children.”
8local recommendations
Bakery
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“Must try the "bolas de berlim" (custard-filled Berliner doughnut), probably the best in the country! They come out daily at 11h45 and 16h45 (16h00 on Sundays) - be there early because they sell out fast! Tip: cut the queue and go to the backroom tables where you can get served faster (if you want to take away however, queueing is necessary). *** [www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jul/02/portugal-custard-doughnuts-bolas-de-berlim-pastelaria-confeitaria-manuel-natario]”
20local recommendations
Natural Feature
“Praia muito bonita e ampla. Ideal para os amantes de desportos aquáticos, como surf e kite.”
10local recommendations
Boat or Ferry
“You can not fail to visit this museum ship that is part of history, not only of our city, but of Portugal. Currently houses the Sea center.”
9local recommendations
Travel Agency
“Maravilhosas piscinas naturais. Estas são das mais populares no Gerês. Existem outras mais secretas... Pergunte-me como lá chegar!”
6local recommendations
Seafood Restaurant
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“Se gosta de escolher o que vai comer, visite. Ambiente fantástico, serviço requintado. Convém reservar em agosto”
9local recommendations
History Museum
“Here you can learn more about the history of the Portuguese toy. Situated in the historic center of town, on another side of the river. 10 km away.”
3local recommendations
Natural Feature
“A very beautiful beach located in Viana do Castelo, specifically in Darque village where you can enjoy a large beach, as well as have the chance to experience kite and wind surfing, traditional activity at this location. 37 km away.”
12local recommendations
Restaurant
“In the national road, just 600m ahead of the pharmacy and the supermarket. Delicious fish, specially robalo. People travels several km just to eat their famous robalo.”
5local recommendations
Café
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“Pode realizar diversas atividades desde tours de jeep, a passeiros de bicicletas, passeios a cavalo, passeios de TT, Paintball, Tiro com arco, canoagem... Nós ajudamos a planear as suas férias!”
5local recommendations
Establishment
“Para una excursión de un día en una estupenda opción, se tarda 1h 22 min en coche en llegar a la frontera con Portugal y allí disfrutarás de un pueblo muy típico metido en el interior de un castillo con varios fosos. Puedes aprovechar para comer en los innumerables restaurantes y para comprar alguno de los estupendos productos textiles que te ofrecerán. A great option for a day trip, it takes 1h 22 min by car to reach the border with Portugal and there you will enjoy a very typical village tucked inside a castle with several moats. You can take advantage to eat in the innumerable restaurants and to buy some of the great textile products that they will offer you.”
9local recommendations