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Casa de Mateus, Vila Real

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
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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  • It is the worst promoted site Ive come across in some time. It doesn't have a street address that the satnav could use. We saw only one sign and that was about 1/2 kilometer away. The entrance does ha...  more »
  • I was anxious to visit this site and was not disappointed. The house itself was awesome, but what I found most interesting was the cedar tunnel. We visited on a very warm day, and I swear it was 10 de...  more »
  • We visited only the gardens of Casa de The gardens are so beautiful and the house that reflected in the pool is exactly as published in the picture. We look around about an hour and I hope next time t...  more »
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  • Very nice visit and experience. Love the gardens and the tour. The entrance price however it's a bit unjustified. That said, if you made it to this place then bite the entrance fee (check online) and go in, because you made it to far to not enjoy this great place. Even if just visiting the gardens will be worthwhile. Aim for the summer time so you can enjoy the local wine tasting. WARNING: the have nothing to do with the mateus wine. They will nicely explain why. RECOMMENDATION: have lunch at the small tourist shop directly in from of the entrance. A little hidden gourmet gem at the second floor and a great little souvenir shop as well.
  • A beautiful villa with delicately design gardens. Mateus has its own brand of wine, so try it!
  • 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.
  • Very interesting tour. Beautiful house and gardens.
  • Beautiful house. Entrance too expensive but if you've come this far. The gardens are delightful.