Vila Real de Santo Antonio

  • Vila Real de Santo Antonio Algarve

    Vila Real de Santo Antonio Algarve

Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Algarve coast in Portugal

Vila Real De Santo Antonio the Land of Sun and Sand…
“By Jamie Mcloughlin


Situated on the eastern end of Algarve region of Portugal, Vila Real de Santo Antonio stands on the banks of river Guadiana from where you can view the amazing Spanish coastline and the great bridge that connects this little town to Ayamonte in Spain. The captivating beauty, pristine climate and the ambience attracts tourists from all over the world. The river Cruise which runs between Spain and Portugal offers access to theme parks, jeep safaris, water parks, boat trips with a chance to see the dolphins make this small town perfect holidaying destination for families.


This magical medieval city’s history can be traced down to paleolithic age. It boasts of having its roots of town planning laid in the 17th century by Marquês de Pombal. He played a pivotal role in developing this town after the original tribal settlements were washed away by sea erosion. In the late 19th century, Vila Real had become a hub of canning center for sea foods like sardines and tuna as it became a busy port on river Guadiana. As per today, the locals still thrive on fishing, agriculture and tourism industry. Vila Real de Santo Antonio is an ideal place for water babies. The river excursions are frolic and fun for your family holidays. You can take a ferry and enjoy the warm waters, cold breeze and mesmerizing hills and rows of pine along the coastline. Must Do’s in Vila Real are: Surfing, Golf, Horse riding, Kaykaying, Rock climbing, Kite surfing, Wake boarding, Cycling and Jogging. Beaches: Long stretches of sand with uninterrupted coastlines stretch all the way up to Manta Rota. Generally, beaches in Algarve are accessible beaches where you can walk, stroll, swim, pedal, or just sunbath. The most popular beaches are Praia de Santo António, Monte Gordo beach, Praia da Altura, Lota beach and so on. The wooden pathways, sand dunes, rows of pine trees, warm waters, and golden stretches of white sand make these beaches ideal ground for walkers and cyclists.


Vila Real is an eternal heaven for peace lovers. Here culture, passion, culinary delights and quintessence of nature are perfectly entwined together. This is considered an ideal destination for holidaying where you can relax and wash away your stresses and has all the ingredients for perfect vacation. Just glance at the top picks that will leave you spell bound. Places holding events include – Museu de Manuel Cabanas: this is a museum where you can see the craftsmanship of local painters and wood engravers. Torre del Oro: A historical old building which was a watchtower and prison Centro Cultural António Aleixo: This was once upon a time an old market which is now used for events and exhibitions. Cacela Velha: This is a traditional village situated in the backdrop of lush green grass and has ancient churches, old whitewashed houses, and a fort.

Night Life  

Vila Real de Santo Antonio has a buzzing night life and it is also famous for its amazing events. Visit any part of the year and you will find some activity going on. There are international competitions held over here for sailing, golfing, car rallies etc. In summers, you can enjoy open-air concerts, beach parties at night or jazz festivals.


Vila Real de Santo Antonio is a place for food lovers. You can relish on the mouth watering traditional dishes of the locals or enjoy a splendid dinner at 5-star restaurants. Travel to Vila Real and you will never be disappointed. There are variety of accommodations for everyone and anyone – from luxurious resorts to villas to guesthouses. Whatever is your budget, you are bound to enjoy the spectacular sceneries and the beautiful countryside with is amazing fauna and flora. Indeed holidaying in Vila Real de Santo Antonio means dining, shopping, surfing, walking amidst a real paradise setting.


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