Vila Real Vacations

The reason to visit Vila Real, the capital of the province of Trás-os-Montes and birthplace of Diogo Cão (the explorer who discovered the Congo River in 1482), is for the Baroque Mateus Palace, 4km east of the town. Described by Sacheverell Sitwell as "the most fantastic country house in Portugal", it has been made famous worldwide for being ... Read more
featured on the label of Mateus Rosé wine and it is well worth a visit for a glimpse into the lives of the Portuguese aristocracy. The town itself has a few buildings of interest, including an Italian Renaissance building on the town's main street, Avenida Carvalho Araújo, that is where Diogo Cão was born. Nearby is the 19th century Town Hall building, with a lantern pillory in front. The town's cathedral, once part of a 15th century Dominican monastery, has a simple 15th century exterior, while farther north is the town's finest church, the Baroque São Pedro Church, with a ceiling of carved and gilded wood and a chancel adorned with colorful tiles.
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Porto and the North of Portugal is best in the summertime (May to September) when it’s sunny and warm with highs in the upper 60s and 70s Fahrenheit (upper teens and 20s Celsius). Temperatures are most ... Read more
comfortable on the coast since sea breezes cool things down; however, venturing inland can get quite hot. Festivals also abound in the summer, which can book up hotels that have inflated their rates for summer visitors. This area gets cooler and rainier as the months roll on into winter with highs in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit (teens Celsius). The rains continue through April. However, if you don’t mind the drizzle, a visit might be well worth it since you’ll score big savings on your hotel.

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Gayle and I passed through Vila Real on our way from the Douro Valley to Santiago de Compestela and really only had the chance to admire the countryside.

The Real reason to visit Vila Real, the capital of the province of Trás-os-Montes and birthplace of Diogo Cão (the explorer who discovered the Congo River in 1482), is for the Baroque Mateus Palace, 4km (2.5 miles) east of the town. Described by Sacheverell Sitwell as "the most fantastic country house in Portugal", it has been made famous worldwide for being featured on the label of Mateus Rosé wine and it is well worth a visit for a glimpse into the lives of the Portuguese aristocracy.

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Great city to live!

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Cidade pequena, com um grande espírito universitário. Rodeada de natureza.

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