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.
Cidade pequena, com um grande espírito universitário. Rodeada de natureza.
Great city to live!