Vila Real attractions

Top Choice Palace in Vila Real

Casa de Mateus

Famously depicted on bottles of Mateus rosé, the 18th-century Casa de Mateus is one of Portugal’s great baroque masterpieces – probably the work of Italian-born architect Nicolau Nasoni. Guided tours of the mansion …
Museum in Vila Real

Museu Etnográfico de Vila Real

This small but colourful museum documents the traditional culture of the surrounding highlands, with exhibits on linen-making, ceramics, farming techniques, games, musical instruments and local festivals.
Chapel in Vila Real

Capela Nova

Northeast of a cathedral is the magnificently over-the-top baroque facade of this 17th-century chapel. Inside are fine, 18th-century azulejos and large-headed cherubs with teddy-boy coifs.
Cathedral in Vila Real

Once part of a Dominican monastery, the Gothic sé has been given a lengthy facelift that has restored the 15th-century grandeur of its rather spare interior.
Viewpoint in Vila Real

Miradouro de Trás-do-Cemitério

For a fine view across the gorge of the Rio Corgo and Rio Cabril, walk south to this panoramic viewpoint, just beyond a small cemetery and chapel.
Church in Vila Real

Igreja de São Pedro

Baroque architecture and azulejos are on view at the Igreja de São Pedro, one block north of Capela Nova.