Vila Real is a city in northern Portugal that attracts many tourists throughout the year. It is one of the most developed cities in the country. The place has many sightseeing locations, museums, parks, and gardens that can make your holiday quite engaging. Our weeklong Vila Real tour was truly an exciting experience. The city has many historic wonders to discover and natural landscapes to explore. Some of the best spots to see in the city are as follows:
- Casa De Mateus
The 18th-century palace is a fine illustration of Portuguese Baroque style architecture. The palace is surrounded by an enchanting garden and lawn. There is a pond in front of the palace that reflects the entire structure. The place is known for its French garden and a beautiful vineyard that houses a wine shop. For around 15 Euros, you get to buy a guided tour that can help you in learning some interesting facts about the beautiful palace.
- UTAD Botanical Garden
Established in 1987, the UTAD Botanical Garden is one of the best places to visit in Vila Real. The garden occupies a land area of 80 hectares and serves as a conservatory for over 1000 rare and endangered species of plants and herbs. Here you can see a thematic collection of plant life. It also has a herbarium that carefully preserves over 15000 plant specimens. The place is quite big and it took us almost a day to tour the entire garden.
- Capela Nova
Located in the city center, Capela Nova is one of the oldest chapels in Portugal. It has an imposing facade supported by Tuscan columns. At the center of the pediment stands the statue of Saint Peter. The 17th-century church has a great interior and a beautiful altar decorated with gilded wood-carving. The entire chapel is adorned with hand-painted tiles that depict the events from the life of Saint Peter.