Casa de Mateus, Vila Real

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. Use our Vila Real travel planner to add Casa de Mateus and other attractions to your Vila Real vacation plans.
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  • Beautiful place, full of history and interesting insights. Take the guided tour - gardens are, in our oppinion, by itself worth the fare.  more »
  • The house and gardens of the Mateus estate are a fine example of the early Renaissance and Baroque styles in Portuguese art and design. The house is showing its years and is in need of some serious...  more »
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  • We visited around noon when the big bus groups were still lunching somewhere, thankfully. An interesting home but you can visit only with their guide. Cost is 13 euros per person including the tour. You must visit the interior with their guide. Garden is very nice. The garden only visit costs less but not worth doing without the house tour. Parking is on the side road about 100 yards/meters before the entrance gate, (across from the restaurant building) but it is not a huge lot. Google map found Casa Mateus easily.
  • Very pretty palace you can visit a portion of, that's still lived in! You can also visit the winery and gardens which are quite extensive. We tried a blackberry which was succulent!

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