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Make A Holiday Rental Cottage in Vila Real, Portugal, Your Home Away From Home

The small city of Vila Real, with its population of just less than 25,000 people, is situated in northern Portugal. It is the ideal place to take a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal resorts, and is most suitable for those people that would like to gain a further appreciation for the Portuguese culture and way of life. The first step towards this aim, is to choose somewhere to stay, and a holiday rental cottage in Vila Real is ideal in this regard. With all the creature comforts of home, tasteful furnishings and décor, and a fully equipped kitchen, self catering accommodation in Vila Real is a tranquil base from which to explore the area.

Things to Do on Holiday in Vila Real, Portugal

No vacation is complete without trying some of the leisure activities that we never seem to have time for at home, and a holiday in Vila Real offers the chance to try a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. The countryside is a great attraction for anyone that enjoys cycling and hiking, and it seems that in Portugal, one never need travel far to find a golf course. Whilst Vila Real is situated inland, the coast is only an hour’s drive away, where anyone that likes swimming, windsurfing or any other number of water sports will be in their element.

Places to Visit on Holiday in Vila Real, Portugal

One of the main attractions to visit in the area around the holiday rental cottage in Vila Real is a mere 4 kilometres east of the town. This is where the magnificent Baroque style Mateus Palace is to be found, which is often described as the best country house in Portugal. Guided tours of the palace are available, which give valuable information on the furniture and architecture, and the gardens are delightful to walk around. Other ideas for day trips include taking a vineyard tour to try a spot of wine tasting and find out how it is made, and visiting the city of Porto, with its many museums and art galleries.

Weather in Vila Real, Portugal

Unlike the more southerly parts of Portugal, Vila Real often experiences cold, frosty winters, with average daily low temperatures of 2.5 degrees during December, January and February. The summers are however much warmer, when the hottest months of July and August see the average daily high temperatures hover around the 30 degree mark. The summer sees minimal rainfall, but the winter can be very wet, with December receiving on average 150mm falling in the month. With this in mind, most people choose to stay in self catering accommodation in Vila Real during the summer months.

Travel to Vila Real, Portugal

The closest airport to the holiday rental cottage in Vila Real is located just over an hours drive away at Porto. Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) is a major international facility, offering connections with many cities from around Europe and further afield. Of particular interest to people travelling from the United Kingdom will be Easyjet flights from London Gatwick (LGW), Ryanair flights from London Stansted (STN) and TAP Portugal flights from London Gatwick (LGW). Car rental is available on arrival, and may be of some use during a holiday in Vila Real.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Amazing House Great Serviço Super Holiday

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The pictures do nota do the house and the setting justice! Even the promotional video on this advert only gives a small glimpse of the reality We were two small families and the service from Fernando was superb throughout the booking experience and our stay - lots of local knowledge and helpful tips which were greatly appreciated Se were greated by the housekeeper Eugenia who is a delight - wonderful Port Wine and homemade cake on arrival and soft drinks for the kids The luxury of tbe furniture is amazing and we felt privileged to be given access to such a wonderful home! The location is stunning - peaceful and beautiful, perfect to recharge your soul During our stay we visited wineries, river beaches, boat cruises, great restaurants, sight seeing and lying beside the pool doing nothing! Our free breakfast was a delight every day - freshly prepared every morning at a time of our choosing This was truly a superb holiday and we hope to return next year
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Photos don't do this property justice

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Our first impression of the property was that the pictures don't do the property or the view justice, it was like arriving at our own patch of paradise. The pool area is a wow with the most amazing views and so very private. Fabulous size Pool, far bigger than you would imagine for a villa of this size. The sun can be enjoyed all day. Once inside the villa you get the same impression. Proper home from home and the website hadn't mentioned an en-suite to the master bedroom so that was a bonus. We left a few bottles of wine, some long life milk and packets of cereals to add to the stocks in the cupboards. Sorry no Port though that can be bought for 3 euros a bottle at the supermarket! Spotlessly clean rooms, comfortable beds, plenty of towels and fans in each bedroom helped to make the stay even more enjoyable. The great touch for our family was the library of DVDs that made up for no wifi, however, with data roaming charges being stopped by the mobile company we did all have 3G and phone signal. I would recommend this property for families with toddlers, older children and teenagers as well as an ideal romantic get away. The pool has a lockable gate so no worries about little ones falling in when not supervised.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017