The Majestic Valleys of Vila Real, Portugal

The Majestic Valleys of Vila Real, Portugal
Except for its border along the popular Douro Valley, the district of Vila Real in Northern Portugal is firmly off the tourist trail. The district features the fertile, rolling hills that the Douro Valley is becoming increasingly known for. Within this majestic landscape sits the city of Vila Real itself.

My time in the city of Vila Real was a bit of a slow burn. It didn’t start great when I accidentally walked the wrong way and just wound up in residential streets. I was starting to wonder whether I had made a mistake in visiting when I found the city centre.  It wouldn’t be too long before I started to learn what the real highlight was of a visit to Vila Real – its majestic valleys.

Vila Real

For most of its life, Vila Real remained a small regional town. Today it is the largest city in the district and ranks as one of Portugal’s most liveable cities. Vila Real’s fortunes changed when vineyards were established in 1764 and contributed to the Portugal’s now well-famous culture of wine growing. 

City Centre

As I said earlier, Vila Real didn’t grow on me until I reached the city centre. It’s lovely central avenue certainly makes a good impression and the pedestrian parts of the centre are a great example of Portugal’s old world charm. Around the city centre you’ll also find a number of churches in typical Portuguese style, including the Igreja do Calvario which sits by a particularly good viewpoint.

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Guide Name: The Majestic Valleys of Vila Real, Portugal
Guide Location: Portugal » Vila Real
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Igreja do Calvario   Miradouro de Trás-do-Cemitério  
Author: David Johnston
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