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Vila Real de Santo António

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Vila Real de Santo António[1] is a city of in 18,158 in the Algarve region of Portugal, it sits on the eastern bank of the Guadiana river which forms the border to Spain.

Get in[edit]

There are no airport near the city, the two nearest airports are located in Faro and in Sevilla, Spain. Faro is closest, but both are perfectly good choices, and within a 1½ hour drive.

By bus[edit]

There are 10-15 daily buses from the regional centre Faro, which takes between 1½-2 hours depending on the company, expect to pay around €5 for a one way ticket, there is no substantial discounts on return fares. Many of these buses continue to Sevilla in Spain, which takes around 2½ hours and cost approximately €15 (note that there is a 1hr time difference between the two countries when you check the schedule). The reverse route is naturally also possible. Companies that operate on this line include Eva Transportes[2], Eurolines España [3], and Damas [4].

By train[edit]

Up to 10 days per day traverse the quite scenic route along the coast from Lagos to Villa Real via Faro. The train takes around 1hour 15mins. from Faro and costs around €4,50. The route is run by the Portuguese Railways [5]. There are no direct trains from Sevilla but it is possible to take the train to Huelva about half way, and continue from there with a bus.

By boat[edit]

Since the highway bridge crossing the river to Spain is off limits to pedestrians or cyclists, there is still a small ferry crossing the river to Ayamonte on the opposite side of the river.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Manuel Cabanas Museum, Rua Teófilo Braga, 281 510 045.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cais ao Rio (Discoteca), Foz do Guadiana, 281 511 174. F-Sa midnight-6.  edit
  • Bar Klassik, Rua Jacinto J. Andrade, 102.  edit
  • Rio Club, Ponta de Areia, 281 544 231. F-Sa 23-07.  edit
  • Capítulo II, Rua de Angola 45, 969 071 850.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Guadiana, Av. da República 94, 281 511 492, [6].  edit
  • Hotel Apolo, Av. dos Bombeiros Portugueses, 281 512 448, [7].  edit


  • Tourist Information (Centro Cultural António Aleixo), Rua Teófilo Braga, 281 542 100.  edit

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