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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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                                                                                                      Not the first time and won't be the last time!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Spent the half term holidays with my wife and kids. I've been to the Douro before and stayed in another villa close by (p1908618) but it was fully booked so paid a little extra for this house recommended by the other owner. Well, I'm glad we booked - the jacuzzi in the cooler months was fabulous. During the day we were luck as the temperatures were around 27 degrees but dropped to around 12 at night. So the pool was ok to swim in after lunch when it had warmed a little We always go to Pinhao which is the local villa 5 minutes away and also we like to visit the big winery with amaing ports. they do a walking tour which is great when the weather is nice the owner organised a private boat tour with 'picnic style lunch' on board which was fab and delicious We did a day trip by train to Porto - it was a long day but worth it. There are several great restuarants n Pinhao and withing 15 minutes of there too The luxury and attention to detail of the villa were first class - and the freshly made breakfast ( yes just like the pictures!) was amazing and the housekeeper looked after us all and was very kind with our kids and when i say kind i mean in a genuine sincere way I am a huge fan of Portugal but I am especially loving the North Thanks to Eugenia ( thinks thats the right spelling) - amazing
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Very welcoming

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Is a comfortable and well located house in the middle of the natural reserve of Peneda Gerês in the north of Portugal. It is worth spending a couple of days in this beautiful site next to a river bank.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Very well restored small country cottage

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Spent a 4 day stay here !st week Oct and thoroughly enjoyed it The owner Vanessa met us in the nearest village and guided us to the cottage She was very helpful and gave us all the information that we required.The property has obviously had a lot of work done over the past year including a completely remodeled bathroom. (It' just a pity that it is separate from the main cottage) The cottage is very well equipped and is ideal for two people, but would be rather cramped for more It is situated in a very small and quiet hamlet of about 7 or 8 other houses with beautiful countryside around and is ideal for exploring a beautiful part of Portugal Greg & Karen. UK .
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016