Outside of Porto, where there is less tourism, Portuguese is the language spoken, so each travel day, on a piece of paper I would write the name and address of the hotel to show the bus driver, booking clerk or conductor. As this was my first city after Porto, I thought I may have to walk further to find my hotel and as this was the hottest day so far, I did not want the extra walk. My journey took about 40 minutes.
We crossed over the River Lima on the riveted metallic Eiffel Bridge to Viana do Castelo and I really lucked in because my bus driver dropped me off right outside the Axis Viana Business Hotel & Spa. This was the most modern and comfortable of the Axis group so far with large windows offering gorgeous views of Mount St Luzia. The Hotel is a 15-minute walk to the historic district and train station, which I would leave from the next day.
Viana do Castelo is a truly lovely city that has a lot to offer with all kinds of sport, jet skiing, canoeing, rowing and, fishing on the River Lima, which meets the Atlantic Ocean offering kite and wind and body surfing. The forested mountains that surround the city are great for hiking and biking.
The historic old town is captivating with narrow lanes, many churches, fountains, and tiled buildings. All the jewelry shops here sell the famous filigree jewelry that is Viana’s traditional gold and silver work, still hand-made. Well-known points to visit are the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Mount Santa Luzia.
The Praça da República, that is the heart of Viana with its beautiful fountain, the Paços do Concelho – old city hall and the Misericórdiachurch from the 16th century. An extra day would have been wonderful here.
The work version I am a versatile client-focused professional with wide-ranging experience in organizing, coaching and motivating with the ability to multi-task whatever the situation. My company, Style Organization is committed to helping people through strategies that assist in moving them forward positively with humour and energy.
The Social Version is the same just substitute family & friends for clients and colleagues. I enjoy all the fine things in life, reading, theater, opera, gardening, cooking, entertaining, fashion, travel, anything vintage and adores good company. I am presently still restoring and renovating a 1928 Tudor Revival house.
View All Posts