Festivals of Viana do Castelo
HappyPortugal through TravelTailors offers you a unique cultural experience: participating in a great Portuguese popular party. The feasts in honor of Our Lady of the Agony are the most crowded and lively in all of the Minho. They take place in the third week of August and include several parades with heads, gigantones, pearly zest, floats and a diversified choice of regional costumes, especially women's necklaces, earrings and gold bracelets; the closing firework display is spectacular. This is considered the pilgrimage of pilgrimages.
DAY 1: PORTO-VIANA DO CASTELO
Arrival in Porto.
Porto is a charming city, situated on the slopes of the Douro River and close to its mouth. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to its beautiful monuments and historic buildings, such as the imposing Cathedral or the Clérigos Tower, Porto is Portugal's second largest city and boasts superb views over the river and the world-famous Port Wine Cellars , On the opposite bank, in Vila Nova de Gaia.
The city offers a harmonious synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions. Perched on top of hills and clinging to cliffs, Porto's attractive buildings, bridges and lamps keep the Douro River for centuries. Fiercely proud of their heritage, the citizens of this merchant city invested their blood and sweat in trade and wine. Porto is a city ready to work and fun.
Nightclubs and restaurants mingle with cathedrals, churches and museums in narrow alleys and wide avenues. There are many cafes scattered throughout the city, where you can relax after climbing the numerous hills of Porto. On the roofs there are red tile and on the facades, often tiles. The city of Porto is very compact, which is great for making explorations on foot, as long as you do not mind making an effort on the climbs.
Until 18h30: Visits and tests in the Port Wine Cellars.
Port wine is a world-famous liqueur wine, produced exclusively from grapes from the Douro region, about 100 km east of Porto. The wine took its name from the port, but it is on the opposite bank of the Douro, in Gaia, that the fifteen cellars, larger temples of this nectar, are installed. The visit includes proofs of different varieties.
Suggestion: Rabelo Boat ride on the Douro River.
The Rabelo boat ride on the river Douro, passing through the 6 bridges, is perfect to have beautiful views of the city and to know in a different way a little of its history; After all, the river has played a key role in local development over the centuries. It stands out the Bridge Maria Pia, constructed in 1886 by Eiffel. The boat leaves us in the margin of Gaia, where are several cellars of Port Wine.
Trip to Viana do Castelo.
Located next to the mouth of the Rio Lima, 65 km north of Porto, Viana do Castelo was founded in the 13th century by Afonso III, king of Portugal, under the name Viana da Foz do Lima. From Viana's shipyards ships and ships sailed to the Indian and Americas routes. Until the sixteenth century, the village was exclusive to the people, and nobility can be installed here. Finally opening the doors, Viana was enriched with emblazoned palaces, churches and convents, fountains and fountains that constitute a patrimonial heritage remarkable, worthy of visit. A beautiful, extroverted and lively city, Viana do Castelo has been able to conserve the richness of its popular traditions.
From 20h30: Suggestion to dine at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in Viana do Castelo.
A prestigious and award-winning restaurant with excellent local specialties, this TravelTailors choice offers a large and well-prepared cuisine, thus justifying its large number of customers. It's a good time to try the Vinho Verde, which is unique in the world; Naturally light and fresh, with a low alcohol content, and therefore less caloric, Vinho Verde is a fruity wine, easy to drink, great as an aperitif or in harmony with light and balanced meals: salads, fish, seafood or white meats.
Accommodation in the hotel of the selected category.
DAY 2: VIANA DO CASTELO
Visit to the Temple of Santa Luzia.
The Temple of Santa Luzia is located on the top of the hill of the same name, where you can see a unique view of the region, which combines the sea, the river Lima with its valley, and the whole mountainous complex - considered one of the best in the world , According to National Geographic. The church project is by architect Miguel Ventura Terra, with obvious inspiration in the Sacré Cœur Basilica in Montmartre, Paris. Built on a plant in the shape of a Greek cross, its architecture has neo-Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic elements.
Suggestion: Descent to the funicular city.
Suggestion: Walking tour of the city.
Until the sixteenth century, the village was exclusive to the people, and nobility can be installed here. Finally opening the doors, Viana was enriched with emblazoned palaces, churches and convents, fountains and fountains that constitute a patrimonial heritage remarkable, worthy of visit. In 1848 the queen D. Maria II elevated Viana the city with the new name of Viana of the Castle.
Starting with 12h30: Suggestion for lunch in a traditional cuisine restaurant in Viana do Castelo.
Housed in a palace, right in the historic center, this is one of those restaurants where you feel like being. It is comfortable, the decor accompanies the solemnity of the space and the service only enhances the good flavors of the traditional cuisine that is practiced here. With several maritime inspirations, the list goes from Santana Stuffed to Viana Fashion, passing by the Lavagantes, in the natural, and finishing in the Robalo in the Cataplana and the Rice of Peixe to the Fashion of the Chief. Mandatory, the Cod, the Potatoes of Sarrabulho with Rojões and the Cabrito Roasted to Serra d 'Arga. Do not dare to leave without trying the French toast, present in the menu throughout the year.
Participation in the emblematic Festivities of Viana do Castelo.
The feasts in honor of Our Lady of the Agony are the most crowded and lively in all of Minho. They take place in the third week of August and include several parades with heads, gigantones, pearly zest, floats and a diversified choice of regional costumes, especially women's gold necklaces, earrings and bracelets. This is considered the pilgrimage of the pilgrimages. The cult of Our Lady of Agony dates back to the 18th century, the first written reference to this event dates back to 1744. It has as its essential feature the devotion of the people of the sea, who repay the graces received in storms or shipwrecks. Hence the main river was traditionally transported by the fishermen and that only after 1968 had been carried out a river procession, with the image of the saint, by the river Lima. In addition to all these events, the fireworks, launched along the Lima River, is a unique spectacle.
Throughout the day there will be enumeras activities and parades to delight the sight of anyone. The Historical and Ethnographic Court is held at Avenida dos Combatentes da Guerra, and costumes and stewards parade pass through the city's various streets. The same ones are identified by the covered and towels worked that are hung in the balconies of the inhabitants.
It is only from 1893 that Zabumbas and Zés P'reiras, as well as the Gigantones and Cabeçudos, enter the Romaria. Outlandish and grotesque figures, the Gigantones betray their remote and popular background. Reis da Festa, animated the celebrated magazines of the Romaria that are held every year, at noon, in the scenario of the Republic Square, to the sound of a hundred of drums - and constitute the most gárrulo and espaventoso procession of the imaginary of the Alto Minho.
Be dazzled by the amount of gold that is "dressed" these days and that parades through the city!
You can not fail to taste the berlin ball of Pastelaria Natário, known as the best in Portugal.
Starting with 20h00: Suggestion to dine at a traditional cuisine restaurant in Viana do Castelo.
Situated in front of the Lima River, next to the monument of the navigator Pêro do Campo Tourinho, the restaurant is housed in a century-old manor house, known as Casa do Campo da Feira, next to the old shipyards of the city. It has a decoration of accentuated medieval inspiration, which gives it a singular beauty and a sense of permanent well-being. Over the years, it has stood out for the excellence of the service provided, as well as for its reference cuisine. The fresh fish and seafood are dishes not to be missed, namely the fish in the oven and the shrimp stew with prawns. Always accompanied by a good Green Wine, in the fashion of Minho!
Continuation of participation in the festivities.
24h00: Firework on the Old Bridge.
Accommodation in the hotel of the selected category.
DAY 3: VIANA DO CASTELO-PONTE DE LIMA-DESTINATION CITY
Visit to the flowery carpet.
Throughout the morning and until the passage of the Procession to the Sea, we can appreciate the laborious and dedicated work of the people of the Ribeira in the flowery carpets that appear in the streets, fruit of the devotion to the Lady of Agony and that all the previous night they moved the Its residents. The variety of colors, the softness of flowery carpets, the delicacy of the confection make the hard floor of Ribeira streets the most beautiful and polychrome carpeted.
Trip to Ponte de Lima.
In the center of a rich agricultural region, where the famous Vinho Verde is produced, its patrimony integrates a great number of manors and palatial houses. This traditional village registers fortnightly great animation in the sand of the banks of the river, when it is realized the fair, originating of Average Age.
From 12h30: Suggestion for lunch at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in Ponte de Lima.
The granite walls of this TravelTailors offer a quality cuisine, a true gastronomic temple. The senses warm up with the arrival of the entrances, especially the fried fish and the sausages of Ponte de Lima. On cold days, the fireplace is almost inspiring and foreboding of various specialties that make diners delight. Namely, the kid roasted in the oven, the sarrabulho to the minhota and the divine cod with broa. The wine list, priced wisely and well supplied with greens, enhances the list of delicacies, which ends with the already distinguished pear borrachona.
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