List of cities in Portugal

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This is a list of cities in Portugal. In Portugal, a city (Portuguese: cidade) is an honorific term given to locations that meet several criteria, such as having a minimum number of inhabitants, good infrastructure (schools, medical care, cultural and sports facilities), or have a major historical importance. The country's demographic expansion of the 1980s prompted the elevation of several towns to city status and, as of 2018, 159 locations in Portugal are considered a city.

Overview[edit]

In Portugal, the city is not an administrative division, therefore a city generally does not necessarily correspond to a municipality, with the exception of the entirely urban municipalities, such as Lisbon, Porto, Funchal, Amadora, Entroncamento, and São João da Madeira.

The municipality with the most cities is Paredes Municipality, which contains four cities.

Until 1910, a location was proclaimed city by royal charter, which happened 25 times to current Portuguese cities (royal charters were also granted to cities of the Portuguese Empire; for example, São Paulo in 1711). During the Portuguese First Republic, the process was transferred to the parliament, which elevated three towns to the category of city. The dictatorial Estado Novo regime proclaimed seven cities on the Portuguese mainland (as well as some more in the colonies), this time by government decree. After the 1974 Carnation Revolution, proclamation of cities returned to parliament and now, Portugal has 156 cities, one of the consequences being that the title no longer holds the prestige it once had.

Eight locations have been always considered cities since Portugal became an independent kingdom (de facto 1128): Braga, Coimbra, Lamego, Porto and Viseu, as well as Évora, Lisbon and Silves, which were annexed at a later date. Guarda was the first city proclaimed as part of the independent kingdom, in 1199.

The most recent cities are : Albergaria-a-Velha, Alfena, Lagoa (Azores), Valença, Senhora da Hora, São Pedro do Sul, Samora Correia, and Borba.

The most populous cities are: Lisbon (Lisboa), Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Amadora, Queluz, Funchal, Coimbra, Setúbal, Agualva-Cacém, Almada, Rio Tinto, Aveiro, Viseu, Odivelas, Leiria, Guimarães, Barreiro, Évora, Faro, Portimão and Ponta Delgada.

List[edit]

Coat of
Arms
City Municipality District or
autonomous
region
Population[1] A city since
ABT.png Abrantes Abrantes Santarém 18,600 1916-06-14
Agualva-Cacem.png Agualva-Cacém Sintra Lisbon 81,845 2001-07-12
AGD1.png Águeda Águeda Aveiro 11,357 1985-08-14
ABV.png Albergaria-a-Velha Albergaria-a-Velha Aveiro 25,252 2011-04-06
COA of Albufeira municipality (Portugal).png Albufeira Albufeira Faro 16,237 1986-08-20
ASL1.png Alcácer do Sal Alcácer do Sal Setúbal 9,118 1997-07-12
ACB1.png Alcobaça Alcobaça Leiria 15,800 1995-08-30
VLG-alfena.png Alfena Valongo Porto 17,800 2011-04-06
ALM1.png Almada Almada Setúbal 101,500 1973-06-16
ALR1.png Almeirim Almeirim Santarém 11,607 1991-08-16
Cidade da Amadora.png Amadora Amadora Lisbon 175,135 1979-09-17
AMT1.png Amarante Amarante Porto 11,000 1985-08-14
SXL-amora.png Amora Seixal Setúbal 48,629 1993-07-02
Coat of arms of Anadia.png Anadia Anadia Aveiro 3,533 2004-12-09
Coat of arms of Angra do Heroismo Azores.jpg Angra do Heroísmo Angra do Heroísmo Azores 21,200 1534-08-21
AVR.png Aveiro Aveiro Aveiro 67,003 1759-04-11
BCL.png Barcelos Barcelos Braga 20,000 1928-09-06
BRR1.png Barreiro Barreiro Setúbal 78,764 1984-06-28
BJA.png Beja Beja Beja 23,475 1521-04-10
BRB.png Borba Borba Évora 7,333 2009-06-12
BRG.png Braga Braga Braga 143,532 20 BCE
BGC.png Bragança Bragança Bragança 19,998 1464-02-23
CLD.png Caldas da Rainha Caldas da Rainha Leiria 30,006 1927-08-26
CMT1.png Câmara de Lobos Câmara de Lobos Madeira 16,842 1996-08-02
SCR-canico.png Caniço Santa Cruz Madeira 11,586 2005-06-09
CNT1.png Cantanhede Cantanhede Coimbra 7,066 1991-08-16
CTX1.png Cartaxo Cartaxo Santarém 10,115 1995-08-30
CTB.png Castelo Branco Castelo Branco Castelo Branco 34,525 1771-03-20
CHV.png Chaves Chaves Vila Real 19,307 1929-03-18
CBR.png Coimbra Coimbra Coimbra 143,396 c. 200 BCE
Costa da Caparica Almada Setúbal 14,100 2004-12-09
CVL.png Covilhã Covilhã Castelo Branco 36,147 1870-10-20
ELV.png Elvas Elvas Portalegre 28,106 1513-04-03
ENT1.png Entroncamento Entroncamento Santarém 20,065 1991-08-16
VLG-ermesinde.png Ermesinde Valongo Porto 40,139 1990-08-10
OVR-esmoriz.png Esmoriz Ovar Aveiro 11,200 1993-07-02
ESP1.png Espinho Espinho Aveiro 10,500 1973-06-16
EPS1.png Esposende Esposende Braga 9,148 1993-07-02
ETR.png Estarreja Estarreja Aveiro 7,000 2004-12-09
ETZ.png Estremoz Estremoz Évora 9,011 1926-08-31
EVR.png Évora Évora Évora 46,417 c. 600 BCE
FAF1.png Fafe Fafe Braga 15,323 1986-08-23
FAR.png Faro Faro Faro 43,757 1540-09-07
VNO-fatima.png Fátima Ourém Santarém 10,302 1997-07-12
FLG1.png Felgueiras Felgueiras Porto 15,100 1990-08-10
FIG.png Figueira da Foz Figueira da Foz Coimbra 36,500 1882-09-20
VFR-fiaes.png Fiães Santa Maria da Feira Aveiro 13,100 2001-07-12
PFR-freamunde.png Freamunde Paços de Ferreira Porto 7,452 2001-07-12
FNC.png Funchal Funchal Madeira 111,892 1508-08-21
FND1.png Fundão Fundão Castelo Branco 8,957 1988-04-19
ILH-gafanhanazare1.png Gafanha da Nazaré Ílhavo Aveiro 14,021 2001-07-21
PRD-gandra.png Gandra Paredes Porto 5,200 2003-08-26
GDM1.png Gondomar Gondomar Porto 25,000 1991-08-16
GVA1.png Gouveia Gouveia Guarda 3,500 1988-02-01
GRD.png Guarda Guarda Guarda 32,274 1199-11-27
GMR.png Guimarães Guimarães Braga 66,912 1853-06-23
HRT.png Horta Horta Azores 9,000 1833-07-04
ILH1.png Ílhavo Ílhavo Aveiro 17,200 1990-08-09
LGA1.png Lagoa (Algarve) Lagoa (Algarve) Faro 5,000 2001-07-12
Lagoa, Açores (brasão).png Lagoa (Azores) Lagoa (Azores) Azores 14,442 2012-03-22
LGS.png Lagos Lagos Faro 20,000 1573-01-27
LMG.png Lamego Lamego Viseu 12,000 c. 200 CE
LRA.png Leiria Leiria Leiria 50,264 1545-06-13
LSB.png Lisbon Lisbon Lisbon 547,631 c. 800 BCE
FLG-lixa.png Lixa Felgueiras Porto 5,500 1995-08-30
LLE1.png Loulé Loulé Faro 24,000 1988-02-01
LRS.png Loures Loures Lisbon 26,000 1990-08-09
VFR-lourosa.png Lourosa Santa Maria da Feira Aveiro 11,300 2001-07-12
MCD1.png Macedo de Cavaleiros Macedo de Cavaleiros Bragança 7,800 1999-06-24
MCH1.png Machico Machico Madeira 13,700 1996-08-02
MAI1.png Maia Maia Porto 40,000 1986-08-23
MGL1.png Mangualde Mangualde Viseu 8,107 2001-07-12
MCN2.png Marco de Canaveses Marco de Canaveses Porto 9,000 1993-07-02
MGR1.png Marinha Grande Marinha Grande Leiria 29,100 1988-04-19
MTS1.png Matosinhos Matosinhos Porto 49,486 1984-06-28
MLD.png Mealhada Mealhada Aveiro 5,500 2003-08-26
MDA-mêda.JPG Mêda Mêda Guarda 2,004 2004-12-09
MDR.png Miranda do Douro Miranda do Douro Bragança 2,000 1545-07-10
MDL1.png Mirandela Mirandela Bragança 11,000 1984-06-28
MMN1.png Montemor-o-Novo Montemor-o-Novo Évora 14,000 1988-04-18
MTJ.png Montijo Montijo Setúbal 30,486 1985-08-14
MRA1.png Moura Moura Beja 10,000 1988-02-01
ODV-odivelas.png Odivelas Odivelas Lisbon 59,559 1990-08-10
OLH2.png Olhão da Restauração Olhão Faro 31,100 1985-08-14
OAZ.png Oliveira de Azeméis Oliveira de Azeméis Aveiro 15,000 1984-05-16
OBR1.png Oliveira do Bairro Oliveira do Bairro Aveiro 5,005 2003-08-26
OHP1.png Oliveira do Hospital Oliveira do Hospital Coimbra 4,400 1993-07-02
VNO1.png Ourém Ourém Santarém 11,100 1991-08-16
OVR 2015.png Ovar Ovar Aveiro 18,900 1984-06-28
PFR1.png Paços de Ferreira Paços de Ferreira Porto 9,000 1993-07-02
PRD1.png Paredes Paredes Porto 12,500 1991-08-16
PNF.png Penafiel Penafiel Porto 10,000 1770-03-03
Arms of Peniche.png Peniche Peniche Leiria 17,500 1988-02-01
PRG.png Peso da Régua Peso da Régua Vila Real 10,000 1985-08-14
PNH.png Pinhel Pinhel Guarda 3,500 1770-08-25
PBL1.png Pombal Pombal Leiria 18,500 1991-08-16
PDL.png Ponta Delgada Ponta Delgada Azores 46,102 1546-04-02
PSR.png Ponte de Sor Ponte de Sor Portalegre 11,000 1985-08-14
PTG.png Portalegre Portalegre Portalegre 15,700 1550-05-23
PTM.png Portimão Portimão Faro 45,431 1924-12-11
PRT.png Porto Porto Porto 237,559 c. 275 BCE
PST1.png Vila Baleira (a.k.a. Porto Santo) Porto Santo Madeira 4,475 1996-08-02
VFX-povoasiria1.png Póvoa de Santa Iria Vila Franca de Xira Lisbon 28,000 1999-06-24
PVZ2.png Póvoa de Varzim Póvoa de Varzim Porto 38,257 1973-06-16
VPV1.png Praia da Vitória Praia da Vitória Azores 6,500 1981-06-20
LLE-quarteira1.png Quarteira Loulé Faro 21,000 1999-06-24
SNT-queluz.png Queluz Sintra Lisbon 75,179 1997-07-24
PRD-rebordosa.png Rebordosa Paredes Porto 12,100 2003-08-26
RMZ.png Reguengos de Monsaraz Reguengos de Monsaraz Évora 7,900 2004-12-09
RGR1.png Ribeira Grande Ribeira Grande Azores 6,350 1981-06-29
RMR1.png Rio Maior Rio Maior Santarém 11,102 1985-08-14
GDM-riotinto.png Rio Tinto Gondomar Porto 64,815 1995-08-30
SBG.png Sabugal Sabugal Guarda 2,300 2004-12-09
LRS-sacavem.png Sacavém Loures Lisbon 17,000 1997-06-04
BNV-samoracorreia.png Samora Correia Benavente Santarém 17,123 2009-06-12
SCD1.png Santa Comba Dão Santa Comba Dão Viseu 3,200 1999-06-24
SCR1.png Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Madeira 6,500 1996-08-02
VFR1.png Santa Maria da Feira Santa Maria da Feira Aveiro 16,900 1985-08-14
STN1.png Santana Santana Madeira 3,300 2001-01-01
STR.png Santarém Santarém Santarém 30,100 1868-12-24
STC1.png Santiago do Cacém Santiago do Cacém Setúbal 7,753 1991-08-16
STS1.png Santo Tirso Santo Tirso Porto 14,100 1985-08-14
SJM.png São João da Madeira São João da Madeira Aveiro 21,102 1984-06-28
MTS-smamedeinfesta1.png São Mamede de Infesta Matosinhos Porto 27,000 2001-07-12
SPS.png São Pedro do Sul São Pedro do Sul Viseu 16,851 2009-06-12
PRD-lordelo.png São Salvador de Lordelo Paredes Porto 11,000 2003-08-26
SEI1.png Seia Seia Guarda 7,000 1986-08-23
SXL1.png Seixal Seixal Setúbal 31,101 1993-07-02
MTS-senhorahora.png Senhora da Hora Matosinhos Porto 29,000 2009-06-12
SRP.png Serpa Serpa Beja 9,990 2003-08-26
STB.png Setúbal Setúbal Setúbal 90,640 1860-04-19
SLV.png Silves Silves Faro 11,000 c. 0 CE
SNS1.png Sines Sines Setúbal 15,555 1997-07-12
TRC.png Tarouca Tarouca Viseu 3,200 2004-12-09
TVR.png Tavira Tavira Faro 13,300 1520-03-16
TMR.png Tomar Tomar Santarém 20,000 1844-02-12
TND1.png Tondela Tondela Viseu 10,120 1988-02-01
TNV1.png Torres Novas Torres Novas Santarém 14,900 1985-08-14
TVD1.png Torres Vedras Torres Vedras Lisbon 27,200 1979-02-03
TCS.png Trancoso Trancoso Guarda 3,350 2004-12-09
TRF.png Trofa Trofa Porto 22,000 1993-07-02
GDM-valbom.png Valbom Gondomar Porto 14,100 2004-12-09
VAC1.png Vale de Cambra Vale de Cambra Aveiro 4,200 1993-07-02
VLC.png Valença Valença Viana do Castelo 14,127 2009-06-12
VLG1.png Valongo Valongo Porto 27,900 1990-08-10
VPC1.png Valpaços Valpaços Vila Real 4,102 1999-06-24
VND1.png Vendas Novas Vendas Novas Évora 10,103 1993-07-02
VCT.png Viana do Castelo Viana do Castelo Viana do Castelo 36,750 1848-01-20
VCD1.png Vila do Conde Vila do Conde Porto 32,257 1988-02-01
VFX1.png Vila Franca de Xira Vila Franca de Xira Lisbon 19,000 1984-06-28
VNF1.png Vila Nova de Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão Braga 30,100 1985-08-14
VLF1.png Vila Nova de Foz Côa Vila Nova de Foz Côa Guarda 3,303 1997-07-12
Vila Nova de Gaia COA.svg Vila Nova de Gaia Vila Nova de Gaia Porto 186,503 1984-06-28
STC-sandre.png Vila Nova de Santo André Santiago do Cacém Setúbal 12,123 2003-08-26
VRL.png Vila Real Vila Real Vila Real 27,250 1925-07-20
VRS1.png Vila Real de Santo António Vila Real de Santo António Faro 11,000 1988-04-19
VIS.png Viseu Viseu Viseu 66,143 c. 0 CE
VIZ.png Vizela Vizela Braga 10,100 1998-09-01

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although the cities list does not indicate the cities' population, it indicates the parishes that compose them, therefore, this number is the sum of the population of the parishes. The population data was taken from the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities and is from 2004.
  • Except the city of Figueira da Foz

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Cidades Portuguesas". Instituto Nacional de Estatística. Archived from the original on 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2006-07-08.
  2. "Municípios Portugueses". Associação Nacional de Municípios Portugueses. Retrieved 2006-03-27.

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