Top 10 Things to do in Vila Real, Portugal

August 22, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Vila Real is a municipality and simultaneously the capital and largest city of the Vila Real District, northern Portugal. The population in 2011 was 51,850, in an area of 378.80 square kilometres.
Restaurants in Vila Real

1. Casa de Mateus

Freguesia de Mateus, Vila Real 5000-291, Portugal +351 259 323 121
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4 based on 685 reviews

Casa de Mateus

Reviewed By Lobogris43 - Austin, TX

We visited Casa de Mateus in the afternoon. The calm reflection pool with the sleeping lady sculpture and the mansion in the background was very picturesque. The Gardens in the rear were inviting and interesting. It's a worthwhile stop as you tour that part of Portugal.

2. Quinta Da Gaivosa

Pousada Da Cumieira, Santa Marta de Penaguiao, Portugal +351 254 822 111
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5 based on 13 reviews

Quinta Da Gaivosa

Reviewed By Francisco F - Lisbon, Portugal

Quinta da Gaivosa on the Douro Valley road from Peso da Régua to Vila Real is a mid-size winery with some of the best red wines the Douro Valley has seen and Portugal too.
The vineyards are impressive, old vines set in steep slopes overlooking a panoramic valley and the Marão mountain range. The Alves de Sousa welcomed us in a unique way, very friendly and showing an honest pride in their work! The harvest was half way and the works in the winery were hard. We had a very interesting wine tasting with some of the whites, reds and great Port wines!!
With the almost finished new winery the visits will loose some charm but will for sure become more popular! I will come back.

3. Parque Natural do Alvao

Ermelo, Mondim de Basto, Portugal +351 255 318 209
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Parque Natural do Alvao

Reviewed By John M - Raleigh, North Carolina

Portugal's "Natural Parks" are most like the national parks in the U.S. The Alvao to our mind is much nicer and more "natural" than Portugal's sole national park, the Peneda-Geres. The views here are incredible. At the main viewpoint of the huge and distant Fisgas de Ermelo Waterfalls, hiking on to the rocks for a view of the area may induce vertigo as the vistas are so huge and the dropoff so severe. Wow! Later we drove to a parking area near the falls and hiked down to the rapidly flowing river above the falls. My wife jumped into a relatively safe pool - freezing! It was a beautiful spot to sit and watch for a while.

4. CMTour

Peso Da Regua 4100-359, Portugal
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5 based on 209 reviews

CMTour

The CMTOUR there to provide you something never lived, something that will keep your mind for the rest of your life ... The CMTOUR Tour organizes tours of the Douro region, with a wide range of activities to provide unique moments. Within our activities we have visits to Quintas wineries of the region, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, viewpoints visits, visits to wine-producing villages, walks in Rabelo boats, VTT riding. Apart from these we make transfers service anywhere in the country and travel to Europe, also organizes events and fairs.

Reviewed By justjans - Traralgon, Australia

I really enjoyed all facets of this tour apart from lunch. We had the choice of a small, bony, grilled mackerel or a tripe dish. I hate bones but I hate trip more so bones won. A very miserable salad (on slice of tomato per person) and some lettuce and potatoes accompanied it. The vineyards were great-two very different ones-one big and flashy, the other a family affair. The boat ride was very pleasant down the Duoro too. The air conditioner failed in the vehicle on the return journey making for a horrible ride for the three of us in the back with no window to open. Our driver and guide Sergi was 10 stars!

5. Capela Nova ( Igreja de Sao Paulo )

Rua dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, Vila Real 5000-635, Portugal
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Capela Nova ( Igreja de Sao Paulo )

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In beautiful Vila Real, right at its historical center, in the old "Largo do Poço", now named "Rua dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra", but known to everyone as "Rua Central", you'll find one of the town's most beautiful churches: "Capela Nova" (New Chapel, in the Portuguese language), as all locals refer to it. But it has indeed many other names: "Igreja dos Clérigos", or "Igreja de São Pedro Novo", or even "Igreja de São Paulo". This baroque jewel is attributed to Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, the same architect of the nearby palace of "Casa de Mateus". As a matter of fact, there many similitudes between "Capela Nova" and the "Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres", the chapel within the premises of the palace of "Casa de Mateus". Take your time and admire this17th century treasure, with its imposing façade - a stone statue of St. Peter at its top, gilded main altar in renaissance style and typical Portuguese blue tiles telling parts of St. Peter and St. Paul's lives. Any trip to Vila Real wouldn't be complete without a visit to "Capela Nova". Remember, it has been there since 1639! Enjoy!

6. Miradouro de S Leonardo em Galafura

Galafura, Peso Da Regua 5050-204, Portugal
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5 based on 139 reviews

Miradouro de S Leonardo em Galafura

Reviewed By Duarte C

This place has got one of the best views of the Douro river. It is said that portuguese writer miguel torga came here to write

7. UTAD Botanical Garden

Quinta de Prados | Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real 5001-801, Portugal +351 259 350 000
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

UTAD Botanical Garden

Since 1988, a new botanical garden with thematic collections and ornamented spaces was founded in Portugal. The Botanical Garden of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (JBUTAD) is one of the largest botanical Gardens in Europe (130 Ha), and about 1000 plant species from the four corners of the world can be here observed.At the same time, this botanical garden is specialized in the propagation and conservation of plant of western Iberian Peninsula. This conservation effort will be gathered not only throughout their thematic collections, but also in spaces intended for integration and ornaments of the campus buildings. In fact, the current demands of society are clearly reflected in this innovative garden, with one of the most advanced and innovate systems of information for their visitors.The Botanical Garden of UTAD intended as an example of how any space is good for a sustainable garden. The integration with a constant movement of people and vehicles, in the urban environment of the city of Vila Real, is considered as an example of this purpose. People and plants live here a fraternal relationship, which shows us how the impossible can be reached. Visit this Botanical Garden and the Geology Museum of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, and you will discover the natural history and the soul of one country.

Reviewed By Annie H - Pembroke, United Kingdom

I was at a conference at the University, and walked past plants with fascinating names on labels. Unfortunately October isn't the time to see them in flower, so I'm hoping for another chance to go there.

8. Quinta da Pacheca

Rua do Relogio do Sol, 261, Lamego 5100-424, Portugal +351 254 313 229
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4.5 based on 347 reviews

Quinta da Pacheca

QUINTA DA PACHECA Nearly three hundred years old, Quinta da Pacheca is one of the Douro’s most renowned estates where worldwide awarded wines are produced. One of the first to bottle wine under its own brand, Quinta da Pacheca has always valued traditions, having one of the few 18th century’s remaining milestones, used in the original Pombal’s 1756 world’s first wine region demarcation. With 140 acres along and sloping down to the Douro River, the property is mentioned in an April 1738’s document as “Pacheca”, owned by Lady Mariana Pacheco Pereira. In 1903, by the hand of its new owner, the noble Jose Freire de Serpa Leitao Pimentel, the wine production significantly increased. The vineyards were then renewed and varieties were arranged by fields. The estate was again refurbished in 1916 and new warehouses were built. Eight imposing granite wine presses or “lagares” were then constructed and continue in use today, for the vinification Pacheca’s wines, under the advice of winemaker Maria Serpa Pimentel and agronomist Hugo Fonseca, for the vinification of Pacheca’s wines, for limited annual production of Douro DOC wines and special categories of Port Wines only. Maria do Ceu Goncalves and Paulo Pereira bought the estate in 2012, starting a new era of expansion and vitality.

Reviewed By Elisha G - Rishon Lezion, Israel

There are many wine producers in the Duoro area. Most of them make excellent wine. Many of them will give you a tour combined with wine testing though I assume none will do it more graciously and and funny with a serious attitude combined.
This place still uses "stomping" as the method to get the juice from thouse Touriga Nacional grapes. Yes with real people (Including visiting tourists) on work, under the most hygienic supervision!
The outcome is very very good, although somewhat quite expensive, but then, you can't get their wine elsewhere...
We had 4 wines tested, and we liked the Tawny 30 years Port to be most excellent, with some LBV Ruby just behind it.
Recommended!

9. Douro Vintage Tours

Rua do Espadanal | Lote 8D 1ºDt, Vila Real 5000-410, Portugal
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5 based on 15 reviews

Douro Vintage Tours

Private tours with local guides including visits to wine estates with wine and olive oil tasting, local gastronomy, viewpoints and boat trips. Avaialable in Porto and Douro Valley region. Luxury and Classic cars. Transfers, private driver. Licensed by Turismo de Portugal: RNAAT 778/2017

Reviewed By SorryChica - Toronto

Bruno is a fantastic guide with excellent knowledge of the Douro wine region. He was very accommodating with customizing the tour. The port and wine tastings took place in some very picturesque settings which made the experience very special. There was also an olive oil tasting which was great. The fleet of cars available are awesome and make for a very memorable tour. I highly recommend Douro Vintage Tours if you are looking for a unique day tour from Porto.

10. Museu de Arqueologia e Numismatica de Vila Real

Avenida 10 de Maio, Vila Real 5000-651, Portugal +351 259 320 340
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4 based on 26 reviews

Museu de Arqueologia e Numismatica de Vila Real

Reviewed By Anna F - Moscow, Russia

Я не люблю музеи в принципе, но муж увлекается монетами - мы не могли пройти мимо этого небольшого музея! Мужу понравилось.

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