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Viana of the Castle was founded in 1258 by king D. Afonso the 3rd, however this area counts with the presence of other ancient tribes, as it is visible in ruins of a Hill Fort probably dating from the Iron Age, located on the top of the beautiful Santa Luzia Hill.

The city is situated close to the mouth of the river Lima, and has on the river and on the ocean the majority of its characteristics and influences. Viana do Castelo is place blessed by nature, with vivid green tones from the luxuriant vegetation and by the deep blue of both the ocean and the river, granting unique and unforgettable landscapes.

During the Middle Age, Viana became an important maritime Port, and through the Portuguese Discoveries period (in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries), Viana had the third most busiest port in the country.

Viana is a land of strong traditions and rich history, quite visible in its well preserved ancient streets and squares, with a strong religious feeling, filled with churches, monasteries and a great inheritance of Manor houses and small palaces that attest the importance of the town.

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