In the old town of Viana do Castelo, in the Largo do Instituto Histórico do Minho, there is a monument that deserves a well an attentive visit. It is called Casa de João Velho or Casa dos Arcos, and is classified as a national monument, and is one of the few examples of Gothic civil architecture in Portugal. This building, dating from the late 15th century, belonged to the sailor João Velho (or to his son of the same name) and was part of a group of houses with an arcade, found in this square, that is called "Arcos de Matriz". This is only one that has survived! Beyond the beauty of the monument, this house has a much history: in 1502, D. Manuel I stayed here during his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. After having enjoyed this beautiful house, set out in search of other monuments and venture out to find so much more, walking aimlessly through the streets of Viana do Castelo!