Douro, High Douro Trás-os-Montes
North Region (Douro sub-region) - Capital of the municipality and District of Vila Real
, the city is also the capital
of the former province of Trás-Os-Montes
and Alto Douro
, located in the northeast of Portugal.
- the Heart of Douro and Port Wine
- is the largest city in the north of
the Douro Valley
(the Douro Wine Region or Douro Vinhateiro / Vinhático).
See Douro Wine Map.
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Located on the banks of the River Corgo
, a tributary of the right bank of the River Douro
, the city is located at
an altitude of 450 m. In Vila Real
, the Cabril River
flows into the Corgo River
. These lands are in the designated
area of Cima Corgo.
In the heart of the Douro, the municipality (municipality) is limited, on the north by the municipalities of Ribeira
and Vila Pouca de Aguiar
, on the east by the municipality of Sabrosa
the south by Peso da Régua
, on the southwest by Santa Marta de Penaguião
, west by
and northwest by the municipality of Mondim de Basto
As early as 1096, the place was named Constantim de Panóias
by Count D. Henrique
. But it was only in the 13th century
that the town received, in 1289, "by charter of D. Dinis
(the first given by this monarch to Vila Real
authorization to found the "poor of Vila Real de Panóias
, who would later transform in the city of today"
(CM de Vila Real).
Many nobles settled in Vila Real
in the 17th and 18th centuries, which is why it was called the "Court of Trás-os-Montes",
which can be seen by the numerous "stones-at-arms that attest to the titles of nobility"[ CM Vila Real] in some houses.
Land of Diogo Cão
"A great navigator who discovered the mouth of Zaire in the 15th century. It is a tradition that he was born in Vila Real
where there is still a beautiful medieval house that is said to belong to his family" (CM de Vila Real).
Parishes of Vila Real
The municipality (municipality) of Vila Real is divided into 20 parishes. See Vila Real Parishes.
Vila Real District Councils
The district of Vila Real, in turn, comprises 14 municipalities. See the See the Municipalities of the
District of Vila Real.
• First Douro and Porto Wine producer: Alijó