Douro (intermunicipal community)

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CIM Douro.svg
Coordinates: 41°18′N 7°45′W / 41.300°N 7.750°W / 41.300; -7.750Coordinates: 41°18′N 7°45′W / 41.300°N 7.750°W / 41.300; -7.750
Country Portugal
SeatVila Real
 • Total4,031.58 km2 (1,556.60 sq mi)
 • Total205,157
 • Density51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)

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.[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. Since January 2015, the NUTS 3 subregion covers the same area as the intermunicipal community.[4]

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:[5]

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


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.


  1. ^ CM Vila Nova de Foz Côa
  2. ^ a b Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  3. ^ a b "Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país". Archived from the original on 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  4. ^ Adequação dos indicadores à nova organização territorial NUTS III / Entidades Intermunicipais, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, 18 March 2015
  5. ^ "Law nr. 75/2013" (pdf). Diário da República (in Portuguese). Assembly of the Republic (Portugal). Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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