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

Municipalities[edit]

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

Transportation[edit]

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.

University[edit]

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