I was in Lisbon visiting friends and family, as i had a few days to myself i decided to do something for the day. I was looking online for alternative routes-FNC has been done many times on here. So then I came across AeroVip.
www.aerovip.pt also available in English.
For those who never heard of them, they fly LISBON-VILA REAL-BRAGANCA.
They use a Dornier 228 twice Daily on this route(Monday to Friday only)
I took lots of pictures as i intended to make a big trip report, i uploaded some into my laptop, but since then i have lost my memory card, i still got some that got saved onto my laptop, shame i can’t show them all.
I had to send an email requesting my booking; the price was about £100 return. I flew LIS-VRL / VRL-LIS
I was able to choose my seats at the time of booking, which was nice.
At LIS airport, terminal 2
RVP852 LIS 9:45AM- VRL10:55AM
I boarded the plane; there was no flight attendants apart from the captain and his assistant
It was a steep climb; there were other 12 passengers on board. I was very lucky with the weather, it was October and i had a cloudless day
No in-flight service, but all seats had a bottle of water.
Guarda I think
I arrived at Vila Real Airport within 50 minutes, most passengers left and within 15 minutes the plane took off again for its final destination- Braganca.
As i left the airplane
I have been to Vila Real before, so i did some research and came across Mateus Palace, for those that ever heard of or tried Mateus wine, the picture of the Mansion is used on the label of the wine bottle(as is produced nearby).
The Mansion is located about 3 miles from the airport.
So i decided to do a guided tour of the Mansion, gardens and its vineyard
And it's well kept gardens
They still produce and sell their own wine here
Church within the Mansion
Sadly no pictures inside the mansion, as it's owners still live there.
After a few hours at the mansion, i decided to explore the little village of Mateus, while small it was very charming:
Had a lovely lunch in a local restaurant and visited a few more wine shops.
Quiet way of life here
Soon it was time to make my way back to the airport, i arranged a time and pick up point with the same taxi driver.
RVP853 VRL 15:10PM- LIS16:10PM
Arriving from Braganca
Ready for take-off?
The return flight was full, again i had my allocated front row.
It was another nice journey, the usual turn over the Tagus river and fly over the city of Lisbon.
Overall i had a lovely time, such a fun way to spend a day.
Maybe next time i will go all the way to Braganza.
Good small airline, just hope they can keep this route.