Douro (intermunicipal community)
The Comunidade Intermunicipal do Douro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdo(w)ɾu]) is an administrative division in Portugal. It replaced the Comunidade Urbana do Douro, created in 2004. 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, in an area of 4,031.58 km².
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.
The CIM Douro is composed of 19 municipalities:
|Municipality||Population (2011)||Area (km²)|
|Carrazeda de Ansiães||6,373||279.24|
|Freixo de Espada à Cinta||3,780||244.14|
|Moimenta da Beira||10,212||219.97|
|Peso da Régua||17,131||94.86|
|Santa Marta de Penaguião||7,356||69.28|
|São João da Pesqueira||7,874||266.11|
|Torre de Moncorvo||8,572||531.56|
|Vila Nova de Foz Côa||7,312||398.15|
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 University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro is situated in Vila Real.
- CM Vila Nova de Foz Côa
- Instituto Nacional de Estatística
- Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país
- Adequação dos indicadores à nova organização territorial NUTS III / Entidades Intermunicipais, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, 18 March 2015
- "Law nr. 75/2013" (pdf). Diário da República (in Portuguese). Assembly of the Republic (Portugal). Retrieved 18 August 2014.