Douro Subregion

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Map showing the location of the Douro subregion

Douro Subregion is a part of Norte Region, Portugal that includes most of the Portuguese section of the Douro River.

With an area of 4,114 km² and a population of 217,000, it is one of the less-densely-populated Portuguese subregions. Its main urban centers are Vila Real (pop. 25,000), Lamego (18,000) and Régua (12,000). Other towns: Foz Côa (3,300) & Tarouca (3,200).

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.

Main rivers[edit]

Douro River, Corgo River, Tua River, Sabor River.

Principal Mountain[edit]

Serra do Marão.

Main monuments[edit]

Sé/cathedral, Mateus Palace (Vila Real); Remedios and Sé/cathedral (Lamego). Douro Valley wine culture and Coa (Côa) valley, both classified by UNESCO as heritage sites.

The grape vine terraces in the Douro valley


There are 19 municipios (concelhos), on both sides of the Douro river; some are towns, others have city status:


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.


Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.

Coordinates: 41°17′59″N 7°44′56″W / 41.29972°N 7.74889°W / 41.29972; -7.74889