Douro (intermunicipal community)

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Map showing the location of the Douro intermunicipal community (in yellow)
Map showing the location of the Douro subregion

The Comunidade Intermunicipal do Douro is an administrative division in Portugal. It replaced the Comunidade Urbana do Douro, created in 2004.[1] It takes its name from the Douro River. The seat of the intermunicipal community is Vila Real. Douro comprises parts of the former districts of Bragança, Guarda, Vila Real and Viseu. The population in 2011 was 205,157,[2] in an area of 4,031.58 km².[3]

Douro is also a NUTS3 subregion of Norte Region. The subregion Douro covers the same area as the intermunicipal community, but including the municipalities Murça (Alto Trás-os-Montes intermunicipal community), and excluding the municipality Vila Flor. As of 2011, the subregion had a population of 205,902[2] and a total area of 4,108 km².[3]

Its economic activity is largely centered on the production of wine, particularly port, and also non-fortified Douro wine from the Douro DOC wine region. The entire region is mountainous and crossed by steep valleys.

Municipalities[edit]

The CIM Douro is composed of 19 municipalities:[4]

Municipality Population (2011)[2] Area (km²)[3] NUTS III region
Murça 5,952 189.37 Alto Trás-os-Montes
Alijó 11,942 297.60 Douro
Armamar 6,297 117.24 Douro
Carrazeda de Ansiães 6,373 279.24 Douro
Freixo de Espada à Cinta 3,780 244.14 Douro
Lamego 26,691 165.42 Douro
Mesão Frio 4,433 26.65 Douro
Moimenta da Beira 10,212 219.97 Douro
Penedono 2,952 133.71 Douro
Peso da Régua 17,131 94.86 Douro
Sabrosa 6,361 156.92 Douro
Santa Marta de Penaguião 7,356 69.28 Douro
São João da Pesqueira 7,874 266.11 Douro
Sernancelhe 5,671 228.61 Douro
Tabuaço 6,350 133.86 Douro
Tarouca 8,046 100.08 Douro
Torre de Moncorvo 8,572 531.56 Douro
Vila Nova de Foz Côa 7,312 398.15 Douro
Vila Real 51,850 378.80 Douro
Total 205,157 4,031.58

Geography[edit]

The main rivers are Douro River, Corgo River, Tua River and Sabor River. There is an airport at Vila Real: Aerodromo de Vila Real/Douro [VRL]. The Douro railway line was completed in 1887. The narrow gauge branch lines in the area (such as the Corgo line) are now all closed.

The main monuments are the cathedral and Mateus Palace in Vila Real, and the Remedios and Sé/cathedral in Lamego. The Alto Douro Wine Region and the Prehistoric Rock-Art Site of the Côa Valley are both classified by UNESCO as heritage sites.

The grape vine terraces in the Douro valley

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro is situated in Vila Real.

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Coordinates: 41°18′N 7°45′W / 41.300°N 7.750°W / 41.300; -7.750