Viana do Castelo is a city located in the northwest of Portugal. It is also the capital city of the Viana do Castelo district, which is bounded north by Spain and south by Braga. It has 36,148 inhabitants for a total area of 318.6 km2.
Being a coastal city, Viana’s economy depends on fishery, naval construction and tourism. The city is famous for having some of the best beaches in northern Portugal, attracting every summer many surf, windsurf and bodyboard enthusiasts.
Folklore is also a very important feature. In August Viana becomes flooded with thousands of people coming here to participate in “Nossa Senhora d’Agonia” festivities. This festival has a great importance both religiously and culturally, shown by the procession to the sea and the Costume Festival, where young ladies proudly exhibit priceless traditional works of art made of gold.
Locals are known for their sympathy and simplicity, cheerfully welcoming anyone willing to know more about their city.
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