Green 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.

Set in one of the most beautiful landscapes, generated by nature and fortunately preserved by Humanity, Viana 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.
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

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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