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Viana do Castelo Tours

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Viana do Castelo
A modern town with ancient roots, Viana do Castelo is in the very north of Portugal, crushed between the estuary of the River Lima and the wild surf of the Atlantic Sea. The Praça da República, its beautiful fountains and the Church of the Misericórdia –a three-story melange of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture – form the medieval heart of the city. Along with the 15th-century cathedral, the ancient piazzas and Manueline mansions all contrast neatly with the area’s modern-day seafront marina. But Viana is best known for its Santuario de Santa Luzia, a church perched on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic rollers. It is accessible by funicular from the town center, which will climb the 820-foot hill. 

The construction of this elaborate Neo-Byzantine church began in 1903 based on a design by Miguel Ventura Terra, who was inspired by the Sacré Coeur in Paris. The church’s ornate façades are adorned with delicate rose windows, double-domed twin spires, a rounded apse and a grand central dome. Take the elevator to the top of the dome for panoramas across Viana do Castelo to the Atlantic.

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Viana do Castelo is a 45-minute drive north of Porto along the IV1. Tickets for the funicular up to Santa Luzia cost €2 one-way or €3 return. The ride takes less than 10 minutes, and the funicular station is on Avenida 25 de Abril. Santuario de Santa Luzia is generally open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., with hours extended until 7 p.m. during the summer. Admission free.
Address: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with LunchCultural Tours

Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch

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Venture from Porto to Spain on this day trip to  Santiago de Compostela and the sacred pilgrimage route, St James Way. For centuries pilgrims have made their way along this historic path and on this tour you can glean a part of their experience with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the sacred sites of Santiago de Compostela, like the city’s famous cathedral, as well as the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Old Town. On your way back to Porto, stop at the charming Valença do Minho, dominated with a fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in the Vouban style, in Portugal.
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Full-Day Serra D' Arga Tour of Waterfalls, Watermills and Traditional CornbreadPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Full-Day Serra D' Arga Tour of Waterfalls, Watermills and Traditional Cornbread

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Follow your in-the-know guide to some of the best secrets in the Serra D'Arga Mountains during this full-day private tour. Visit the Pincho waterfall and the seven natural lagoons nestled among the area's rural villages. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Picnic lunch and pickup and drop-off in Porto included.
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HORSEBACK RIDING TOURHorseback Riding

HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR

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Take a horseback ride through the breathtaking scenery of Viana do Castelo. You will pass through fields of flowers, mountain trails and even the paradisiac beaches of Viana. The tour is supervised by an experienced teacher who will guide you and teach you how to better control your horse.
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CANYONING IN GERES

Are you in Porto or North Portugal region looking for a break and you need some nature and adrenaline in your holidays? Then a Canyoning Tour is the right choice for you. Explore nature with small group tours with an expert local company and specialized canyoning guides by International Canyoning Commission (CIC).
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TREK + DIVE & DINE LIKE A LOCAL !SECRET SPOT!4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

TREK + DIVE & DINE LIKE A LOCAL !SECRET SPOT!

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Connect with the region and experience secret places like a local.If you want a time off from the city, come meet Viana like a local. Joins us for sunset & dinner!We’ll pick you up at an arranged location and drive to the amazing Serra D’Arga for a wonderful and totally emerged in the natural landscape trekking route that goes along the river course, ending up in a breathtaking waterfall.If you’re visiting us in the Summer there will be time for a refreshing dive in this pure waters, a hidden gem of Viana do Castelo.After trekking is time to enjoy a treat!Hard to find, harder to leave: the restaurant we’re taking you to is a super traditional “portuguese tapas” restaurant in the middle of the mountain and the top place to go if you want to try real authentic Portuguese cuisine.Join us to watch the most wonderful sunset, with a Portuguese beer in your hand and a table full of Minho’s best traditional food waiting for you to dig in.
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SURF SCHOOLSurfing & Windsurfing

SURF SCHOOL

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Thanks to its 24 kilometres of Atlantic coastline and unique weather conditions Viana offers outstanding conditions when it comes to Surf. No matter what level you’re at, you’ll find the right wave tailored to any surfer’s dreams.
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CITY & MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURBike & Mountain Bike Tours

CITY & MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR

You’ll discover the charming historical city center of Viana do Castelo, followed by a coffee break at one of Viana’s most known spots. You’ll take the exciting “Funicular de Santa Luzia” and visit the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia, and before the tour ends you will get the chance to swim at a hidden gem of the city, a natural lagoon in the mountain.
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KITESURF SCHOOLOther Water Sports

KITESURF SCHOOL

We are proudly the only national Kitesurf School with scientific research done. We have unique and personalized exercises developed throughout our specific investigation into injuries and safety. What distinguishes us as a school is our ability to adjust the teaching protocol according to the person and their difficulties.
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Santiago and Viana experience private tourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Santiago and Viana experience private tour

Explore the sacred sites of Santiago and Viana on this full-day private tour, departing from Porto. With your expert guide by your side, travel to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, and learn about why this is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes in the world. Witness the wonder of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Then, head to the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your way back, stop by Viana do Castelo, in Portugal’s Minho province, to see the views from the Hill of Santa Luzia.
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WAKEBOARD IN PARADISE4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Ever thought about trying a wakeboard? Can you imagine yourself going over the water and through the waves? Cablepark is the perfect plan for those who never tried water ski or wakeboard before and want to learn and for those who are looking for a place to try new tricks and improve their skills in a complex with perfect conditions.
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STAND UP PADDLE SUN EXPERIENCEOther Water Sports

STAND UP PADDLE SUN EXPERIENCE

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According to our clients, if we want to describe this experience with a word, that word would be “Magic.” It consists of a descent of the Lima River starting at Ponte de Lima and ending at Cabedelo beach, you’ll get to see the sun rising or setting from the middle of the river.
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FAT BIKE WILD EXPERIENCE

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Created with beginners and people who just want to have a smooth biking experience in mind, this trail will give you the opportunity of biking across several beaches and dune trails. You’ll learn about the importance of the surrounding ecosystem, get your tires (and feet) on wet sand and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze. It also feels like a mountain trail, as you’ll be 100% immersed in raw vegetation at some bits. There’ll be time for a healthy snack and a short break to gaze at the scenery from a stunning viewpoint.
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VIANA INTENSIVE BIKE TOURBike & Mountain Bike Tours

VIANA INTENSIVE BIKE TOUR

A more intensive trail that combines the highlights of a tour at the beaches and dunes with a unique tour of Viana do Castelo. Besides the beaches of Cabedelo and Amorosa, the thrilling dune trails and the raw vegetation, you’ll discover the charming historical city center, followed by a coffee break at Viana.
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