Typical houses in the Ribeira district, PORTO

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VIANA DO CASTELO
GO TO THE BEACH
You will find beautiful scenery and a wide variety of habitats of great ecological interest along the Viana coast. For fans of water sports we suggest Afife for surfing and body boarding and Cabedelo for windsurfing and kite boarding. In Carreço you will find rock engravings, windmills and the Montedor lighthouse. Rodanho and Amorosa are the last remaining fishermen’s beaches when you can observe men at work on the beach using traditional equipment.
KARTING
Viana has a large karting track that is a venue for national and international events. Located in Praia da Amorosa, 4 km outside the city. (258 320 080. Saborido - Praia da Amorosa; Winter 9.30 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 6.30 pm, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; Jul. and Aug. 1 pm - midnight, open every day)
STA. LUZIA TERRACE/FUNICULAR.
4 km from the centre of Viana stands this fantastic terrace from where you can see the River Lima flowing into the sea and the whole of the city spread out at your feet. You can drive up by car or take an exciting 7 minute ride on the picturesque funicular that dates from 1923. (258 817 277. 1 Jan. to 31 May. 8 am – 6 pm, open all week; 1 Jun. to 30 Sept. 8 am - 8 pm; 1 Oct. to 31 Dec. 8 am - 6 pm; 3€ day return, 2€ one way).
VISIT THE GIL EANES SHIP
Built in Viana do Castelo in 1955, this was for many decades the support vessel for the Portuguese cod fishing fleet operating in Newfoundland and Greenland waters. Nowadays it is both a museum centre and a Youth Hostel.
(258 809 710. Doca Comercial ; Oct. to Mar: 9 am – 5.30 pm;  Apr. to Sept: 9 am – 7 pm. Adults and children over 6 2€, Children under 6 free)
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