The riverside area of Viana do Castelo invites you to take long, tranquil walks. Here there is no shortage of interest. Starting with the Gil Eanes hospital ship, anchored in the old commercial dock. Built in Viana, in 1955, for decades it provided support to the Portuguese cod fleet in Newfoundland and in Greenland. After the fleet was deactiviated, it remained idle at the Lisbon docks for years until, in 1998, it returned to its homeland. A little further on is Praça da Liberdade, designed by renowned architect Fernando Távora. The Municipal Library, by the architect, Siza Vieira, is also in perfect harmony with the River Lima and the historical centre of the city. When walking to the spring, you can see the Viana Pier and Recreational Marina, consisting of two docks. The parks along the shore are an invitation to take a stroll. Built in 1774 by the Count of Bobadela, the fountain of the Viana statue is the central element of the gardens. It is one of the landmarks of the city, along with the Gustave Eiffel metal bridge, opened in 1878 and set on nine granite pillars.