City transmontana Corgo River, one of the tributaries of the Douro, which has as its backdrop the imposing Serra do Marão, Alvão and of Falperra. The area of the municipality can be divided into two zones, very different geologically and in agricultural Spa. On the northernmost zone predominates the granite and the Earth is little fertile, while, in the area closest to the River Douro, shale predominates and is where the famous wine of the Douro demarcated region. Vila Real is particularly rich in buildings of great architectural and historic interest, where you can highlight the Sé Cathedral, the House of Diogo Cão and the Palace and estate of Matthew. On the streets of its historic area you can also enjoy a number of monuments, including the various armoriadas houses. The archaeological level, the most important monument is the Rock Shrine of Ellen, inherited and reused by the Romans to Ancient worship, god of medicine. The gastronomy is one of the strengths of Vila Real, or we weren't talking about Trás-os-Montes. Some of the most popular dishes are the gut-to-sauces, roast veal with oven-baked rice, cabbage rice with MC and the famous feijoada à transmontana. The typical products of the region are also by handcraft: flax, clog-making, wooden miniatures, basketry, the tinsmith and the famous barros Bisalhães black. The rurality this town no longer is now taken for granted as formerly, being now a more cosmopolitan city, much thanks to the animation that the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. Another factor of the pivot are the new highways, approaching Vila Real from the rest of the country.
What to do in Vila Real
Palácio e Quinta de Mateus
Located three kilometres away from the town's centre, it is part of a large property. Built in the middle of the 18th century by the architect Nicolau Nazoni, according to some authors, especially because of the baroque exuberance of the main façade. It is one of the few noble palaces that has remained with their original family owners to our …
Igreja de São Domingos / Sé Catedral de Vila Real
With gothic characteristics, this temple has three naves divided on the façade by two counterforts. The portic is ogival with multiple archivolts, sided by two niches with sculptures. The high altar is baroque.
Jardim da Carreira
A garden built in 1871, with shades of centenary trees, that offer pleasant leisure moments. In the centre, there is a statue of the writer Camilo Castelo Branco and, at the bottom, a fountain. This space has a fantastic view …
Torre de Quintela
A tower with a square plan, acceded by a portal with an arch and façades with openings. In the 14th century balcony windows and look-out posts that stand on small stones were added.
Capela de São Brás
The interior was transformed and it is belived that in one of the sarcophagues lies the famous warrior known as the Espadeiro (swordsman). The tomb has a sowrd between two half moons, simbolizing the legendary bravery of the Espadeiro and …
Museu de Arqueologia e Numismática de Vila Real
A manor of the 18th century that was restored by the Town Council when it was decaying in order to install there the collections of ancient numismatics and archaeology of Father João Parente. The building was bought with money from …
Queda de Água de Galegos da Serra
In the Natural Park of Alvão, about 5 kilometres away from the centre of Vila Real, the 20 metres tall Galegos da Serra waterfall shows itself majestic. Due to the intense fracturation one can clearly view deep alterations in the …
Museu da Fundação da Casa de Mateus
Built in the 18th century, designed by Nicolau Nasoni, the House of Mateus is an ex-libris of the Portuguese baroque. The chapel was designed by the master José Álvaro Rego. Crestaed in 1970 by D. Francisco de Sousa Botelho de …
Igreja dos Clérigos
An elegant temple with an imposing façade. The true ex.libris of the city that is worth a vist to view th tile panels that pictur the lives of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and the renaissance main retable.
Parque Florestal de Vila Real
Created in the 60s, it has about 38 thousand square metres. Totally surrounded by a wall, it is limited by houses, by the river, by the school and by the Park's dependencies. It belongs to the Direcção Regional de Agricultura …
Casa de Diogo Cão
According to tradition, this was the birthplace of the sea discovrer Diogo Cão, probably of the 15th century. It is a building with two floors and an exterior stairway under an arch.
Fragas de Panóias / Santuário de Panóias
Roman rock sanctuary with four rocks which are dug tanks or sinks, as well as six stone inscriptions that allude to the cult rendered to various Indian, Oriental and Roman deities. Is classified as a national monument.
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Where to eat in Vila Real
Author, Contemporary, Portuguese
The Pier restaurant of the Villa is located in a former warehouse of the railways, in a historic bu…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
On the road to Chaves, those who are leaving Vila Real find this simple place with food of Trás-os-…
A restaurant with a simple decor, a pleasant atmosphere and comfortable. It has a menu with regiona…
The granit walls, wooden ceilings, photographs of the Douro and traditional utensils make this hous…
Brazilian, Portuguese, Regional
A space known for its Brazilian specialities. It has a simple decor and a youthful atmosphere.
Where to sleep in Vila Real
A house that is part of a farm, with a chapel, built in 1922. It produces bread, honey, jams and Portuguese sausages in the winter: alheiras, moiras and salpic…
Located 3 km away from the centre of Vila Real, the inn is located in an 18th century manor, with 32 rooms, a luxury suite and a luxury room. It has a swimmin…
Near Vila Real
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Vila Pouca de Aguiar
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