Viana do Castelo

A city that is influenced by its surrounding environment, famous for its regional crafts, food, and traditions which are connected to the rural area, the river lima and the atlantic ocean. The Dona Emília Guesthouse is located in the heart of the city, in an century old building that is open for everyone, and is therefore a perfect start and stay to embrace the feeling and lifestyle of Viana do Castelo (and the north Portugal) in all its abundance.

Viana do Castelo is one of the most interesting destination in the north of Portugal, to visit, explore and participate in all kinds of nature or cultural activities or simply a destination to slow down the pace of life and relax.

Viana do Castelo is located between the river Lima, the hills of the charming Alto Minho Region and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a medieval center with old neighborhoods and narrow streets with historic buildings and contemporary architecture. The heart of the city is Praça da República (Republic Square), one of the most beautiful squares in the whole country, where Dona Emília Guesthouse is located, from which you`ll have a stunning view towards to the Chafariz (fountain), the church and the Museu do Traje (Traditional Costum Museum).Viana do Castelo is also known for traditional confectionery and local cuisine. Within walking distance, on foot or by bike, you can enjoy the city’s gardens, visit the Eiffel bridge or the beach of the river Lima where you can participate in sports such as rowing, sailing, canoeing, stand up paddle, etc. A trip by a funicular allows you to visit the most important viewpoint of the city and a visit to Santa Luzia Temple (the saint of the vision), the panoramic view of the city has been classified as one of the most beautiful views in the world by National Geographic. Up on the hill of Santa Luzia you can also visit the Citânia (vestiges of a pre-Roman civilisation). In terms of beaches, whether you go north or south you will find several ones with different ecosystems and the international classification of golden flag. Along the entire coastline, which is also Caminho de Santiago (The Road to Santiago or The way of St.James), you can enjoy a walk, bike or horse tour right next to the beautiful scenery of the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches in the north of Portugal are also known for their perfect conditions for water sports such as Surfing, Bodyboarding, Long boarding, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Diving and Underwater Fishing, etc.