Just 40 minutes from Faro Airport
Built on a grid system this quaint, relaxed little town is easy to find your way around, its also very flat so ideal for walking or cycling.
It was a major canning town for Tuna and Sardines and still makes a living from fishing as well as tourism and agriculture.
Sitting close to the Spanish border (you can see the town of Ayemonte from the bay) and if your car is not insured to go into Spain for a couple of euros you can catch the ferry across from the port here.
Villa Real has its own little harbour full of small boats moored up, and has a nice cafe right next to it, perfect for a lunch stop by the water. from here you can also catch a boat that takes you on a pleasant trip up the Guadiana river, (it separates the two countries), and have lunch from the on board BBQ, there are other trips you can book from here too.
The town is famous for linen and in particular towels with seemingly every other shop displaying towels of all shapes and sizes outside, and people coming from all around to shop here including the Spanish. They also have a large Sunday street market every now and then which gets very busy but worth a Sunday morning visit.
Saturday is a lively day here, though the shops tend to close early afternoon, all the street cafes and bars are full of people,
Vila Real San Antonia (VRSA) has it's own beach, marshes and dunes which are abundant with wildlife and a very popular place for birdwatchers to visit.