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Casa de Mateus, Vila Real

(3.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Get a close-up look at the ornate, Baroque mansion at Casa de Mateus, the home of past Portuguese nobility. Inspired by the works of an Italian architect, the Mourao family finished the complex in 1743. Note that the decorative themes on the facades appear consistently throughout the property. You can wander the gardens to get a glimpse of the wealthy and tranquil life of the residents who once lived here. Join a guided tour to view the interior of the villa and learn a bit more about its history. You'll see antique furniture, books, paintings, and other artwork, as well as wooden ceiling carvings and religious pieces in the house's chapel. To go inside, you must take a tour. Using our international travel planner, Vila Real attractions like Casa de Mateus can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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TripAdvisor
  • This really is a place worth visiting. The house and gardens are beautiful and the tour guide informative and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the property. The only thing we didn't like w...  more »
  • We pay 8 euros each just to see the garden! We couldn't wait for the tour to see the Interior. A pity because we went to Vila Real just to know this place and we were only able to see the gardens. Should have option to enter at any time without having to wait for the guided tours. The garden is beautiful, well cared for, expensive, compared to some we know out there.
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  • A beautiful Privately-Owned 18th Century Palace, of Italian design and amazing gardens, spoilt by very regimented and bureaucratic tours for a of maximum 10 persons per group, restricted to 2 to 3 min...  more »
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  • Beautiful house and gardens. Used for the label of Mateus Rose apparently. A drink favoured by the Brits in the 1970s. Highlights include chestnut ceilings in the house, the library with beautiful copper plate illustrations and the box hedging in the gardens in the Italianate style.
  • Beautiful house. Entrance too expensive but if you've come this far. The gardens are delightful.
  • Fantastic palace-like house. Beautiful gardens
  • This place is magic... Miracle... Very romantic...
  • Beautiful house and gardens - no photos inside!