10 Things to Do in Vila Real de Santo Antonio That You Shouldn't Miss

January 13, 2018 Agatha Simes

Discover the best top things to do in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal including Praia Cacela Velha, Praia de Monte Gordo, Excusiones Maritimas Islenas, Praia da Alagoa, Praia Verde, Praca Marques de Pombal, Guarita Terrace, Faro del Sur, Viajes y Aventuras, Castelo de Castro Marim, Transguadiana River Cruise.
Restaurants in Vila Real de Santo Antonio

1. Praia Cacela Velha

Rua da Torre Velha, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900-037, Portugal +351 281 951 467
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

Praia Cacela Velha

Reviewed By JanR1208 - Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

The village of Cacela Velha is worth the trip. There a a couple of restaurants and a cafe there but they get busy especially in the summer. Parking is a challenge when the Arisan market is on. I recommend the Nights of Enchantment when it is on. Experience the history of the Arabic Algarve, There are some steps that go down to the litle beach just beyond the Cemetary. Heed the signs for snakes on the path and watching for the tide. You can cross over the river to a much bigger beach on foot when the tide is low or get a boat from Fabrica, where there is another restaurant and coffee kiosk if the river is high.

2. Praia de Monte Gordo

Casino de Monte Gordo Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Monte Gordo 8900, Portugal
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 720 reviews

Praia de Monte Gordo

Monte Gordo's beachfront is peppered with outdoor bars, kiosks, cafes and restaurants. Therefore, those who would like to enjoy a tasty snack or refreshing cocktail will find there are many establishments from which to choose. Families will be happy to know that the beach at Monte Gordo is ideal for young children because it's wide and flat. In addition, the water is quite warm, making it a perfect choice for swimming enthusiasts.

Reviewed By eileen701 - Belfast, United Kingdom

Absolutely gorgeous beach soft white sand, Very wide and long seems to go on forever plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas €10 for 2people for the day. Various restaurants cafes and bars along the front. Love the wooden walk way the length of the beach great for bikes, push chairs, wheel chairs, or just a lovely stroll. ☀☀

3. Excusiones Maritimas Islenas

Calle Barco 2, 21410 Isla Cristina, Spain
Excellent
85%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 130 reviews

Excusiones Maritimas Islenas

Paseo en barco por la ria carreras,visitamos puertos pesqueros,marismas,bateas de mejillones donde haremos una parada para degustar la autentica gamba blanca y vinos del condado,e isla canela y punta del moral

Reviewed By Kelly D - Oxfordshire

We took an excursion with you in august, there were 6 passengers on the boat. Gentle scenic tour with wine and prawns. Music and commentary. Excellent value at 10 euros each.

4. Praia da Alagoa

Rua da Alagoa, Altura 8950-411, Portugal
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Praia da Alagoa

Reviewed By Gearoid O O - Athlone, Ireland

We first visted Alagoa in 1990, the beach is still very recognisable. We walked up from Manta Rota recently - a nice walk. The beach is serviced and is a nice place for families etc. We didn't get as far as checking out the restaurants but we were tempted. These expansive Beaches are amongst the best in the Algarve.

5. Praia Verde

Urbanizacao Castro Marim Sol, Castro Marim 8950-278, Portugal
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 332 reviews

Praia Verde

Reviewed By Jaco v - Monnickendam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

This is a great place! Fantastic long beach, the three's almost on the sand. Perfect for beach fun and long long beachwalks. Clean and nice.

6. Praca Marques de Pombal

Praca Marques de Pombal, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900-231, Portugal
Excellent
34%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 231 reviews

Praca Marques de Pombal

Reviewed By Scottieboyuk - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

lovely little town, that has been well looked after and all the restaurants have the same font, thats a nice touch. Slightly touristy in places but in true Portuguese style it does not get in the way, just relax enjoy the feel of the place.
Worth the visit and enjoy.

7. Guarita Terrace

Urbanizacao Bela Praia | Castro Marim, Altura 8950-414, Portugal +351 937 981 857
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Guarita Terrace

"More than a moment, one amazing experience to enjoy whit the 5 senses." Taste our delicious menu and cocktail list, enjoy the beautiful view of Praia Verde, Listen to the sound of the waves, feel the breeze of the ocean, get involved by the sun of the unforgetable summer at Guarita Terrace.

Reviewed By Alberto Q - Madrid, Spain

Best place for cocktails with amazing views from the Terrace on top of the hill. Nice staff, good selection of liquor and reasonable prices Very near Restaurante Panoramico and Pecinhos Na Areia, the best restaurants on the Portuguese side.

8. Faro del Sur, Viajes y Aventuras

Puerto Deportivo de Isla Cristina, L1 Espana, 21410 Isla Cristina, Spain +34 959 34 44 90
Excellent
94%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 69 reviews

Faro del Sur, Viajes y Aventuras

We are a travel agency that makes adventure trips in the southwest of the iberic peninsula (Andalusia and Algarve). We manage our own apartments and we do sailing trips, kayak tours, bike routes, trekking walks and visits to national Parks. Somos una agencia de viajes receptiva lque trabaja en el sudoeste de la peninsula iberica(Andalucia y algarve). Gestionamos nuestros propios apartamentos, y realizamos salidas en velero, rutas en kayak, vias verdes en bicicleta, senderos por la sierra y visitas a parques nacionales.

Reviewed By zulujock - Norwich, United Kingdom

We had an absolutely fantastic week with Faro del Sur.. everything was perfect from start to finish! The apartment was really nice with plenty of space and nice river views. Monica is a really brilliant guide and totally goes out of her way to make your stay with them special and perfect.. she was completely adaptable and when she had a good idea of a great activity was flexible to change the plans to suit us as we were the only ones on holiday with them at this time of year. Esme was also a really lovely guide for the biking and kayaking and she too related really well to my English family of 3 kids aged 16, 14 and 10. I felt so relaxed under their guidance and having Monica drive us to the various activities was great so I didn't need to hire a car!

9. Castelo de Castro Marim

Urbanizacao Castro Marim Sol, Castro Marim 8950-278, Portugal +351 281 510 746
Excellent
30%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 203 reviews

Castelo de Castro Marim

Reviewed By Ray V - Chaves, Portugal

This castle, which played such an important role in the defense of Portugal from a possible invasion from Spain, has been sadly left in a state of abandonment. There is a good view of the white houses of the town below but inside the walls there isn't really much to see. We were here during a medieval fair and the central part was taken up by stands selling drinks and typical foods. At least the entry fee is cheap, less than 2 euros if I recall.

10. Transguadiana River Cruise

Pier, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900-412, Portugal
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Transguadiana River Cruise

Reviewed By trevor6410 - Hornsea, United Kingdom

My second trip up,the river. 95% of the passengers were Portuguese and so the commentary was a bit limited this time but who cares. The meal at the restaurant was fantastic as was the entertainment , just great value, oh , and if you just want a tranquil river cruise followed by a quiet meal for two then probaky not got you. I love this trip.

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