Vila Real District trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Vila Real District
The District of Vila Real is a district of northern Portugal. With an area of 4,239 km², the district is located east of the port city of Porto and north of the Douro River. Vila Real has always belonged to the historical province of Trás-os-Montes. Approximate population in the 2001 census was 230,000. The population has shown negative rates in recent years due to emigration and aging. Many of the villages have lost population and have become deserted while the district capital has gained in population.Geographic and socioeconomic characteristicsVila Real is a rugged area of low mountains and narrow valleys. Historically it had always been cut off from the coast by the Marão, Gerês, and Cabreira mountains until a highway was cut through in the eighties. Due to poor soil, agriculture has always been a struggle, although wine grapes are produced in the south near the Douro River. Potatoes, corn, and rye have always been the traditional crops, as well as limited dairy farming. Extensive areas are covered in pine forest. Granite and the manufacture of mineral water—the waters of Vidago and Pedras Salgadas are nationally famous—are two important industries.There was formerly a narrow gauge railway (the Corgo line) which linked the town of Vila Real with Peso da Régua on the Douro River. Until 1990 the railway reached as far north as Chaves. The remaining, southern part of the Corgo line closed in 2009.Vila Real District is in Northern Portugal. Our Portugal online attractions planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Vila Real District
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top Vila Real District tours
Porto multi-day tours: 3 days of tours and round trip airport transfer BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $280
Duration: 5 days
Porto multi-day tours: 5 days of tours and round trip airport transfer BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $505
Duration: 7 days
DOURO SAFARI (FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR, ALL INCLUDED) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $157
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Places to visit in Vila Real District
View all >
Historic Sites in Vila Real District
Museums in Vila Real District
Wineries in Vila Real District
Hidden gems in Vila Real District
Recently planned trips to Vila Real District
12 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Europe & Africa BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Peso Da Regua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Pinhao BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in Northern Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Peso Da Regua BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL October, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy