Vila Real

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.

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Casa Agrícola da Levada
Casa Agrícola da Levada

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…

Quinta do Paço Hotel
Quinta do Paço Hotel

4 star

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…

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