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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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                                                          A stay at paradise

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                                                          When I arrived I was greeted by the beautiful house that there stood, a grand white home surrounded by nature, I quickly noticed the pool and a few fruit trees with fresh fruit. The house was well kept and honestly beautiful, I really like the maps of the area around the house, nice detail. The house was nice and warm which was nice. The house was clean and looked good, with a view of the river and more, I even visited the mountain from the area. It was an amazing time. I Strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to be free from the trouble of life and want have a nice peaceful time.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 07-May-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                          Cozy and nice

                                                          5 of 5
                                                          I had a nice time in this small cozy house in the middle of the village, it has a convenient placement as its close to the coffee shop, the church, the mini market and a restaurant. The house was well kept well and had a variety of activities, such as having a small hike to see the amazing mountains in the area and the river streaming with pure water. It had some amazing people who showed me the river which was near the village. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants a quick get-away from the troubles of life.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 06-May-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: Feb 2016

                                                          Thank you for giving our family a lovely holiday!

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                                                          We had a lovely holiday at you villa, and really enjoyed North Portugal so much! We did visit the Peneda Geres park several times hiking and sight seeing, and also Guimaraes. The pool was lovely also. The villa was very comfortable and we loved it! We had everything we needed, and Isabel was very helpful. Thank you for always responding to our calls for help - I hope we didn't bother you too much. We were sad to leave Portugal, a country we have come to love. Thank you for giving our family a lovely holiday! I hope you and your family are all well!
                                                          • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2015