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Casa de Mateus (Mateus Palace)

  • N322 (road to Sabrosa) Map It
  • Mateus
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/16/2017

Fodor's Review

An exceptional baroque mansion believed to have been designed by Nicolau Nasoni (architect of Porto's Clérigos Tower), the Casa de Mateus is 4 km (2½ miles) east of Vila Real. Its U-shape facade—with high, decorated finials at each corner—is pictured on the Mateus Rosé wine label (though that is the full extent of the association, as the winemaker is not based here). Set behind the main house is the chapel, with an even more extravagant facade. The elegant interior is open to the public, as are the formal gardens, which are enhanced by a "tunnel" of cypress trees that shade the path. Be forewarned: admission and parking are overpriced by most standards, and some of the gardens seem a bit unloved as of late.

Sight Information


N322 (road to Sabrosa), Mateus, Vila Real, 5000-291, Portugal

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Sight Details:

  • €11 house, gardens, and tour; €8 gardens only; parking €8

Published 03/16/2017


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