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Viana do Castelo is a Portuguese city that is located on the bank of River Lima. Viana do Castelo city in Portugal has typical traditional Portuguese feel to it. The Viana do Castelo city falls within the Viana do Castelo District of Portugal.

History of Viana do Castelo:
The foundation of the city dates several centuries back. In the time period popularly known as the Age of Discovery, the port in Viana do Castelo assumed much prominence. Many illustrious Portuguese seafarers used the Viana do Castelo port to launch their expeditions to discover new lands. For instance, the Portuguese explorer Joan Velho set sail from the port of Viana do Castelo, to discover the Congo.

The cultural heritage of Viana do Castelo is one of the most enriched in the whole of Portugal. The traditional folk culture of Viana do Castelo is its crowning glory. The folk traditions of Viana do Castelo come alive during the Festival of Our Lady of Sorrows. This festival sees the locals attired in colorful traditional costumes, dancing to the tunes of folk music in the processions.

The development of Viana do Castelo as critical sea port of Portugal, during the sixteenth century, led to a flourishing economy. This is reflected in the lavish constructions witnessed all over the city. The buildings mainly portray the Renaissance and Baroque types of architecture.

Economy of Viana do Castelo:
The economy of Viana do Castelo mainly hinges on naval manufacturing industry. The port at Viana do Castelo has ship repairing provisions.

Braga, Porto and Barcelos are some of the places located near to Viana do Castelo.

Viana do Castelo is a region in Portugal that is located on the Rio Lima River banks. The region contains an important harbor of Portugal, set on the coast of Atlantic Ocean. The history of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, shows the development of the region as a trading center and a critical port sincethe Age of Discovery.

Attractions in Viana do Castelo:
Viana do Castelo has emerged as a sought after tourist destination because of the Cabedelo beach located close by. The Vila Praia de Ancora is also another popular beach. During the summer season, these beaches are crowed by large number of tourists.

The town boasts of extravagant buildings and mansions. There is the Parish Church constructed during the 15th century. Another beautiful example of Renaissance architecture is the Misericordia Church, found near the main square.

The main square of Viana do Castelo is known as the Praca da Republica, which has a fountain right at its center. Located nearby is the Town Hall that belongs to the 16th century. Santa Luzia Basillica that sits on the Santa Luzia Hill is yet another architectural splendor.

Accommodation in Viana do Castelo:
Hotel Viana Sol, Estalagem Casa Melo Alvim, Hotel Rali, Hotel do Prague and Hotel Alianca Residential are some of the popular hotels in Viana do Castelo.

Besides being a tourist destination, the economy of Viana do Castelo thrives on industries such as ship building, textiles and processing of fish.

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