Vila Real Travel Guide

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Vila Real Things to Do

  • Casa de Mateus - the gardens

    The gardens are magnificent!!! Sculpted bushes, flowered plants, well taken care off trees, … so many things to see and say!! Ponds, birds, clean paths, … The most famous part of the gardens is the tunnel that is composed of bushes – the bushes have grown so big that there is a huge (and dark) path underneath. Seen from the outside it is so well...

  • Casa de Mateus - the manor house

    We didn’t have the chance to visit the house inside as we didn’t book in advance and that day some pupils from local schools were visiting. So they didn’t allow more visitors inside as there is a limited number of visitors. The house nowadays is inhabited by the descendents of its first owner, so only a part of it is “visitable”. Although we...

  • Casa de Mateus

    This is a beautiful palace situated about 3km off Vila Real. It is considered as one of the best examples of civilian Baroque architecture in Portugal. It was built in the 18th century. It is possible to visit the house and/or the magnificent gardens. To visit the gardens the entrance fee is 3.5 euros per person (May 2004) and to visit both the...

  • Cathedral

    The Church of São Domingos is a beautiful and interesting cathedral to visit. It was originally the church of the Dominican convent with the same name. Over the years it went through refurbishment and some new constructions, as was the case of the belfry added in the 18th century. In 1837 it burnt in a severe fire but it was rebuilt afterwards; in...

  • Manor house

    Also on this same square we came across a beautiful manor house that seems to host some public service, although I didn’t find much info about it. As we visited on a Sunday it was closed and we could freely walk around and go up and down its main stairs. On top of the main stairs there is a white marble piece on the wall, which is a tribute to the...

  • Casa de Diogo Cão

    Legend says that the Portuguese sailor who “discovered” the mouth of Zaire in the 15th century, and also explored the West coast of Africa, was born in this medieval granite house. His name was Diogo Cão and the house is nowadays, obviously, named after him. The North of Portugal and this particular area was the birthplace of prominent figures in...


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Vila Real Restaurants

  • Great Food

    Great foodGreat Portuguese, Spanish and Swiss dishes at affordable prices in friendly environment. The salad is great, as well as the soup and deserts. The place is run by a family from Northern Spain and Portugal who worked in Switzerland and pride themselves on high standards of hygiene. The location is on the left side of the road from the...

  • Good traditional Portuguese food

    Restaurant at the Hotel Quality Inn Casa da Campeã is very good. There you may enjoy some traditional food from the North Portugal and also the good wines from the Douro region (Ocotber 2004). Restaurant is not too big so you may reserve ahead as we did – at the reception desk you may choose from the varied menu what you want and order it to a...

  • Good service and nice ambiance

    We had dinner twice in the Inn where we stayed – Quinta do Paço (May 2004). Their restaurant is very pleasant; it has a kind of selected ambiance but with traditional Portuguese food. Food is very good and so is service. We got the idea that the restaurant was very popular among locals, as the restaurant always had more costumers than the Inn. The...


Vila Real Transportation

  • By Bus

    The best way to go to Vila Real from Porto is by bus.The address of the bus station, at least for Rodonorte, is: Rua D. Pedro de Castro, very close to the very city centre.From Porto, there are at least two companies that link both cities.* Rodonorte:- Bus station: Travessa Passos Manuel/Ateneu Comercial do Porto (in front of Restaurant Abadia do...

  • By car

    Accesses to Vila Real are good and fast by those traveling by car – coming from Lisbon or Porto there are highways – and exits are well signalized. But don’t drive too fast as the landscape is gorgeous!! You will be driving across Serra do Marão, a beautiful mountain. Once in Vila Real I’d advise everyone to park in city centre and walk, as...

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    Casa de Mateus: Delicious jams and good wine

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Casa de Mateus has a shop that sells local products.

    I highly recommend buying fruit jams and wine. There are several makes of jam, which vary from diet to one that looks like homemade. I bought some jars of the homemade variety and it was fabulous!! Both the one I bought for us – pumpkin and nuts – and the ones I bought to offer – berries – we so good, … yummy.

    Wine is also very good there, and they have a large selection from red to white, and from different harvests.

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Vila Real Off The Beaten Path

  • Igreja do Calvário/Calvary Church

    When I was wandering about, I happened to find this church, and I even couldn't find the name until I was about to leave the city. Wonder how? Thanks to a postcard!The last pic shows the statues of S. Francisco D. Assis e S. Domingos that are outside the church.

  • S. Dinis Church, S. Brás Chapel and...

    Address: Largo de S. Dinis.At the end of Avenida Carvalho Araújo, behind the City Hall, walk a few minutes along Rua de S. Dinis. From there, there is a beautiful view of the surroundings.

  • Serra do Alvão

    Alvão is a mountain near Vila Real. Apart from visiting the mountain – which is beautiful – there is also a protected national park that includes some small villages “lost” on the slopes of the mountain. One of these villages is Ermelo where there are a series of houses build in stone and where time seems to have stopped. Near Ermelo there is a...


Vila Real General

  • General Info

    Tourism OfficeAvenida Carvalho de Araújo, 945000-657 Vila Real- Tel.: (+351) 259 32 28 19- Fax: (+351) 259 32 84 15- Internet: E mail:

  • Pleasant main street

    This main street (Avenida Carvalho Araújo), with a garden dividing both lanes, is ideal for a stroll on a sunny afternoon.On both sides of the street you may admire some interesting houses and manor houses. Some of them have details which characterize the Portuguese architectural Manueline style. This style shows a lot of details which come from...

  • Location

    Vila Real is the capital city of the district (with same name). It is situated about 400 km north of Lisbon, and access by road is very good – mainly highways. It is situated about 90km from Porto, the second city in Portugal, also often referred to as the “capital of North”.


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