Mateus Palace - Vila Real Situated to the northeast of Porto, the district of Vila Real is a rugged territory with a mixture of hills and low mountains which rise to 1,330m in the Serra de Alvao. Breathtaking views, peaceful villages and traditional granite houses are on the itinerary. There are no nightclubs here, but regional festivals, such as the unmissable inter-village bull competition. The capital, Vila Real is, as its name suggests, an ancient royal city and you can still admire many patrician houses and a magnificent palace, a flagship of baroque art. The property market in the Vila Real area offers all types of property for sale: apartments, plots of land as well as houses in quiet locations and often with a view, in this protected area of Portugal.