The Emerald Coast
Lima Valley & Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo, the jewel of the “Costa Verde”, is the gateway to Portugal’s ‘green coast’.
Set in one of the most beautiful landscapes, generated by nature and fortunately preserved by Humanity, it is like a living museum, with countless monuments and mansions of different periods and styles.
It is also the capital of the rich Minho folklore, with an important handicrafts industry and animated festivals.
Going to Viana do Castelo means visiting a beautiful, lively town with a lot of churches, monasteries, water fountains, vibrant street life… A cultural heritage not to be missed!
Viana do Castelo is perhaps northern Portugal's most historic coastal town. Located on the northern bank of the Lima estuary it has a long sea-faring tradition. Explorers, traders and fishermen set sail from its port for South America, Africa and Newfoundland.
The town’s setting, just by the Rio Lima estuary, means that Viana do Castelo is only a short hop from some excellent beaches and wonderful rugged, rocky coastlines. It is also a handy base for exploring the lower Lima valley and the nearby Serra d'Arga mountains. Oft described as ‘Entre o mar, o rio e a montanha’ (between the sea, the river and the mountains), the northern town of Viana do Castelo is exactly that.
All this makes it a perfect area to enjoy sightseeing, walking and exploring through the valleys, over the mountains and along the coast.
|A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.|
|The hospitality and warmth from the local population|
The tour includes
Accommodation vouchers in the chosen regime
Transports according to the programme
Emergency contact numbers (24h hot line)
General information on your holiday, gastronomy and history of the region
Suggestions of local restaurants and places of interest to visit
Detailed walking maps and descriptions of the walks