Weekend Adventures: Viana do Castelo, Portugal – Monte de Santa Luzia

After a long week of rain the weekend finally arrived and with it beautiful Spring sunshine and warmth. We decided we would make the most of it and venture north to Viana do Castelo. My husband and I visited Viana for the first time a few years ago before we were married and loved it so we thought it would be a great place to visit again with the children and my in laws who were visiting for the weekend.

We decided we wanted to spend some time visiting Monte de Santa Luzia firstly because of its wondrous view down the Atlantic coast and up the river Lima valley and secondly because of the fabulous 20th-century, neo-Byzantine Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus.




To get to the top of the mountain you can either take the restored funicular , which departs from near the train station every 15 minutes or you can drive up the beautiful winding mountain road. Make sure you wind your windows down so that you can fully appreciate the beautifully fresh eucalyptus smell.

The kids were very excited when we finally made it to the top and they couldn’t wait to start exploring.


The inside of the church is absolutely magical and the children really enjoyed looking at the beautiful stained glass and the paintings on the ceiling.


Before we headed back home we went for a lovely lunch at Camelo. The food was great but even better was the fact that they had a small farm right next to the restaurant and a little play area also. The kids were in heaven!


It really was a beautiful and fun day for all!

Love, P

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