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Viana do Castelo

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second smallest continent in terms of area and third largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Viana do Castelo is a municipality in the district of Viana do Castelo. The municipality has a total population of 90,654 inhabitants and a total area of 318.6 square kilometers. The density is 285 inhabitants per square kilometers. It was founded by king Afonso III in the 13th century. In the 16th century, its port gained great importance due to the discoveries. The most remarkable buildings are from those days. Its traditional folklore is among the richest in the country. Castelo do Neiva, the castle has been owned by the parish of Viana do Castelo since the beginning of the 19th century.

The city has a seaport with naval repairing facilities. Its major industry is naval construction. Its shipyard is the only one still working in Portugal. Viana do Castelo has become a centre of industry, education, administration and culture. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. The city enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers. It is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over.

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