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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.

Excellent! 4.6/5
(5 reviews)
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  • 1 BA
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House #1920632
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
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Farmhouse #1887248
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Exceptional! 5/5
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Villa #1908623
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
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House #1987016
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Excellent! 4.5/5
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  • 6 BR
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House #8155902
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  • 2 BA
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Bungalow #8166326
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
(24 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
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House #1025558
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Wonderful! 4.9/5
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Farmhouse #1797201
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Excellent! 4.4/5
(5 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
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Farmhouse #1052772
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
(6 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 1 BA
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House #6320490
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Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
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Villa #1908618
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Very Good! 4/5
(4 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6358271
4
Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Chateau / Country House #3990833
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  • 10 BR
  • 10 BA
  • Sleeps 18
Chateau / Country House #6785412
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  • 6 BR
  • 6 BA
  • Separate Toilets
  • Sleeps 15
Farmhouse #852568
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Excellent! 4.7/5
(7 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Chalet #6613241
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  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Sleeps 8
House #6461468
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  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
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Villa #1908617
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  • 6 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Sleeps 11
Villa #6993193
  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Farmhouse #1788255
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  • 2 BA
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House #1389042a
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  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
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House #1707110
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  • 3 BA
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Chalet #1684777
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Excellent! 4.3/5
(4 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 1 BA
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Cottage #1882976
4
Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Farmhouse #6102566
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  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 10
Cottage #6791925
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  • 9 BR
  • 9 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 18
House #1489153a
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  • 5 BA
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House #6869322
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  • 5 BR
  • 3 BA
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House #6869371
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  • 3 BR
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Guest House #1869435
1
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #1377656
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Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Cottage #8052057
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Villa #1677202
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Villa #1423051a
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Farmhouse #1971390
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House #1890044
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  • 4 BR
  • 2 BA
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Cottage #6493816
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House #6869374
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  • 7 BR
  • 4 BA
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Farmhouse #1908180
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  • 5 BR
  • 5 BA
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House #6869426
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  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
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Farmhouse #6921970
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  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
  • Sleeps 10
House #1516948a
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #6949289
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Separate Toilets
  • Sleeps 8
House #6642817
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  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Apartment #6769375
  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Villa #1834610
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
House #6922689
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  • 4 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Cottage #1048701
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
House #8181211
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Recent Reviews

Simply Stunning!

5 of 5
Words can't describe this villa properly! We saw the video of the property and were immediately hooked but nothing could prepare us for what it was like in real life! Simply stunning! The warm welcome on arrival with Port Wine and Homeade cake from Eugenia the house manager and the freshly prepared daily breakfast was a a very nice touch. A couple of mornings we asked for our breakfast at 10:30 because we had a late night and it was no problem at all - even better that she cleans up after us! Wonderful service We were so taken with the video and some of the excursions featured on it we took a boat trip down the Douro river and then had a picnic! The kids loved it! Lots of things to do in the area by car. The amazing Quinta do Bomfim featured my favourites, Dows Cockburns and Grahams Port - they do a really nice tour and you can go on a guided trek of the vineyards. The house itself is beautiful and no expense spared. Sitting the jacuzzi with a glass of wine staring out the huge windows to the views was so relaxing. The games room is super and we enjoyed a couple of late nights playing pool. We would love to come back next year on our next trip to the north of portugal.
  • Review Submitted: May 09, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

Fabulous peaceful location lovely house, great walks stress free.

5 of 5
Easy process from contacting the owner, the property was as described even better, the views are spectacular, access via the roads are good, we loved the many scenic routes both by car and mainly on foot. Too cold on this occasion to swim in the reservoir but it did look tempting. The locals are charming and made us feel welcome, nearby in Cabril we got our groceries, used the internet cafe together with a delicious baked pastry with our caffe latte. Every morning the bread van stopped outside our door. If your looking for a calm stress free holiday with a bit of exercise this property ticks all the boxes. We will return later in the Summer to swim in the many natural pools and at the reservoir. Thanks Jean & Steve x
  • Review Submitted: Apr 04, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017