A young, dynamic and safe city
Vila Real is a young, dynamic and safe city, with a strong academic tradition and a varied cultural life, where many of the activities are planned with young people in mind.
Vila Real is located at 450m altitude in the Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro region, an area that, as a whole, is a very attractive, ideal place to live these days. The contrasts in the landscape, with its imposing mountains, fertile meadows, meandering rivers and streams, form a mild and charming natural paradise, that is restful on the eyes and leaves no one indifferent. It is a region of centuries-old traditions, which give it a strong cultural identity whose great wealth is Man. The hospitality, the openness and greatness of character, the strong sense of responsibility and the enormous capacity to work, are just some of the defining traits of the personality of this city.
The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro was started with the strong purpose of boosting regional development, and it has adopted an active policy of cooperation with the various local and regional actors, which involves permanent intermediation between regional, national and international structures.
UTAD, is a high-level institution, dedicated to the creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, knowledge and science. Set in an eco-campus which integrates one of Europe’s largest Botanical Gardens, it has modern facilities, libraries, laboratories, online services and sports facilities, and offers many opportunities in the cultural field that are accessible to its students, teachers and researchers and to other workers, as well as to the community at large.