Surrounded by lush valleys, towering mountains and magnificent castles, Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro is an enchanting introduction to rural Portugal. It’s tucked away in the northeastern corner of the country and is dotted with historic villages, local villages and world-class wineries.
Things to do in Tras-Os-Montes & Alto Douro
Make your way to Vila Real, the picturesque capital of the Tras-o-Montes province. The laid-back university town clings to the hillsides and is anchored by a characterful historic center. Here you’ll find sun-dappled cafes, stylish bistros and some of the region’s best restaurants.
Built in the 18th century, the magnificent Casa de Mateus is one of Portugal’s finest examples of baroque architecture. Today, guided tours grant access to the grand main quarters and the manicured grounds.
With its rocky highlands, tiny villages and grassy pastures, Parque Natural do Alvao is the perfect nature escape under 30 minutes from Vila Real. Whether you want to climb the peaks of the Serra de Alvao or explore 800-year-old villages like Ermelo, the park is a great place to stretch your legs.
If you’re in search of a lively street scene, head to Braganca, home to a handful of great cultural attractions, including the Museum of the Abbot of Bacal. The city is surrounded by pint-sized farms, fields and chestnut forests.
Getting around Tras-Os-Montes & Alto Douro
By far the best way to explore the Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro region is by car. Porto International is the closest airport, located a one hour drive from Vila Real.