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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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                                                                                                      Very Small flat but delightful location

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                                                                                                      Attractive exterior and surroundings, 2 bed flat smaller than expected and very old fashioned but clean ,understand it may be renovated and updated which is needed, shower / toilet very cramped and dated .6 bed has been done and is fabulous , unfortunately unmade road was upgraded whilst we were there which was noisy and inconvenient for us but long term improvement for property. We were superbly looked after by the caretakers Domingos and Elizabet who coped with a very busy and difficult week with road works and bulldozer damaging water supply ,and forest fires ! They are such hard working friendly people and Domingos even took us out to the Sete Lagoas in his four by four which was the best day of the holiday. We speak Portuguese , it could have been very frustrating in the circumstances without it .We loved the area and would love to return and rent the 6 bed property with family and friends some time.A car is essential ,four by four good for mountain roads ,low chassis car would be useless if your'e hiring .No restaurant open nearby in evenings, you need to self cater or eat main meal out at lunchtime. Small mini market has limited but good supplies and there is a bakery /cafe in the village, friendly locals. Very beautiful area with fabulous scenery and challenging walks. Lake/ river beaches nearby lovely.Very relaxing A small welcome pack of bread ,wine ,olive oil to get started would have been useful as found in many rentals. The shared pool is lovely but can be dominated by the large groups in the main house, fine if you like socialising but may not suit some.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Peaceful Relaxing Retreat in The Portuguese Hills

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                                                                                                      What a wonderful holiday; a chance to experience and see the real Portugal away from the tourist traps. The villa itself was lovely; large, cool in the heat and traditional with all the luxury amenities including a superb pool. It was quiet with no traffic and only horses, dogs and kittens for company. Glorious views across the hills and winding roads between the many small villages that dominate this area. Jose and Anna could not have been more helpful and welcoming. A great base to explore the coast, Porto and local mountains all of which can be reached in no time. Will definitely be back if this review hasn't booked the villa for the next 10 years....
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful house in a gorgeous location.

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                                                                                                      This is a wonderful property with all the amenities you need for a comfortable and relaxing holiday, with a good sized pool included. The area around the property is delightful with breathtaking scenery and the nearby town of Amarante is full of history and local colour. A car is definitely needed to be able to explore the region, with the Douro river, Guimares and Porto within easy driving distance. The owners Madalena and Joao were easy to communicate with and very helpful. We had a great holiday here and I would thoroughly recommend it as a place to stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016