Vila Real is the capital of the district of Vila Real, located in the northern region and in the sub-region of Douro in the old province of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. Is a city grown on a plateau situated at the confluence of the rivers Corgo and Cabril, the city itself is framed in a beautiful natural landscape, the Escarpment the Corgo, with the surroundings of the Mountain Range of Alvão and, further, the Mountain Range of Marão. With over seven hundred years of existence, Vila Real was once known as the "Court of Trás-os-Montes" due to the high number of houses with coat of arms which had along its existence.

(source: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_Real)

Casa de Mateus

The  Casa  de  Mateus  Foundation,  located  in  Vila  Real,  is  one  of  the  country's  most  active cultural institutions. In 1980 it was instituted the "Morgado de Mateus Prize", awarded only once, and also on that year the " D. Dinis Prize " that every year has honored some of the most important Portuguese writers. It promotes the publication of books, it was founder of the Collective Live Poetry Translation Centers European Network (1991) and have made various achivements in Theatre and Cinema. In  the  scientific  field,  it  was  founded  in  1986,  with  all  public  universities  and  Portuguese Scientific Academies, the International Casa de Mateus Institute that organizes and hosts every year, in Mateus, international seminars, bringing together researchers from different countries to discuss various subjects. The Foundation, in the cultural aspect and others, has thus fulfilled in full the purposes for which ventured in 1977.

(source: http://www.casademateus.com/home.htm)


The Panóias Shrine, also known as Panóias Boulders, was built between the second century and the beginning of the third century A.D. and is located in Vale de Nogueiras, in Vila Real district. It is a few kilometers away from the city and it gave it once the name. It consists of an where they are three (among others) large boulders in which were carved several cavities of various sizes, as well as access stairs. In the rock at the entrance of the enclosure were recorded several inscriptions - three in Latin and one in Greek, describing the ritual which was celebrated there, the gods to whom it was dedicated and who dedicated. One of the rocks was destroyed in the last century, but has since been rebuilt from previous readings and records.

(source: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santu%C3%A1rio_de_Pan%C3%B3ias;


The Cascade of Fisgas de Ermelo

The Cascade of Fisgas de Ermelo is located next to Ermelo, in the Mondim de Basto county, Vila Real district. This cascade is one of the largest waterfalls in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe, although it does not rushes in a completely vertical manner, it does so through a wide  barrier,  made  of  quartzite,  with  a  deep  terraced.  Its  waters  separating  the  areas  of granitic and the schist zones of the surrounding land and soil. The unevenness of this cascade, has thus provides a long 200 meters extension dug by the calm but persevering Olo river waters, over the millennia of its existence, which rises in Alvão Natural Park. Before initiating the continuous waterfall, there are upstream lakes of crystal clear water used in many summer seasons.

(source: http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-cascata-de-fisgas-de-ermelo-20825)

Douro Valley

Masterpiece of nature and human effort, the Douro Valley is principally river, vineyards, great scenery and ancient history. Successive waves of peoples, cultures and beliefs, populated this region nestled at the foot of the Marão and Montemuro mountain ranges.The  tracery  of  the  surrounding  countryside  have  left  rock  engravings,  menhirs, dolmens  and built sidewalks, roman bridges, medieval castles, monasteries and churches and architectures of all styles. It is immortalized, in the dust of time, in these parts, legends and traditions of the founding  of  the  nation,  charters  old  scrolls,  epic  narratives  of  struggles of  Christians  and Moors, fortunes and misfortunes of the epic wine stories. The region of Douro, dry in the summer and cold in the winter, is full of contrasts  - to add to the main crop of the vineyard, the almond and olive trees abound and mark the local cuisine. There are extensive areas with harsh land inhabited by a wild vegetation and fertile valleys and plains in which are cultivated a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. In   the   region   there   are   three   areas   of   great   environmental   importance,   the   Douro International Natural Park, the Alvão Natural Park and  The Protected Landscape of the Azibo Reservoir  that  allow  us  to  be  embroiled  in  the  middle  of  nature  and  to  discover  viewpoints, waterfalls, springs, river beaches, rare plants, wildlife and many other hidden treasures. In the

Douro  region,  the  nature  managed  to  adapt  to  the  hands  of  workers  plowing,  and  who managed to preserve nature and maintain its beauty intact. This  region  is  currently  exploited  for  tourism,  among  others,  by  Douro  Walk,  a  company created  and  aided  by  the  UTAD  Companies  Incubator.  It  provides  a  range of  structured products  that  include  nature  hikes  and  cultural  touring  routes.  Among  the  many  points  of interest,  there  are  magnificent  views  of  viewpoints,  wonderful  river  beaches,  walks  through the  vineyards  and  terraces, Cistercian  monasteries  and  modern  wineries  designed  by leading architects. We also aim to support biker groups in courses designed by us.