The North of Portugal
Entre vales, montanhas, rios e mar, a Região Norte ergue-se majestosamente para nos oferecer um património cultural, histórico e natural sem igual, que se deixa limitar a norte e a este por Espanha, como Galiza e Castela e Leão, a sul pela Região Centro, nomeadamente pela região de Aveiro, Viseu Dão-Lafões e Beiras e Serra da Estrela e a oeste pelo Oceano Atlântico. A Região do Norte abraça oito sub-regiões: Área Metropolitana do Porto; Alto Minho, Alto Tâmega, Ave, Cávado, Douro, Tâmega e Sousa e Trás-os-Montes.
Área Metropolitana do Porto
The Porto Metropolitan Area is confronted by the North Cávado and Ave, this by Tâmega and Sousa and Viseu Dão-Lafões, south the region of Aveiro and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. This metropolitan area has headquarters in Port , which constitute the core of the North. This area is composed of 17 municipalities:Arouca, Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Oliveira de Azeméis, Paredes, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Santa Maria da Feira, Santo Tirso, São João da Madeira, Trofa, Vale de Cambra, Valongo, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Gaia.
The Alto Minho designates the ancient region of the northwest of Portugal, which belonged to the province of Minho and is currently a so-called sub-region of Minho-Lima. The geographical level corresponds to the district of Viana do Castelo , but never had a legal existence as a province, performing for their ten cities: Arcos de Valdevez, Caminha, Melgaço, Monção, Paredes de Coura, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima, Valenca, Viana do Castelo, Vila Nova de Cerveira.
The Alto Tamega is a sub-region of northern Portugal, which lies in the upper reaches of the river Tamega, being faced west with the Cávado and Ave, north to Spain, particularly Galicia, this with Tras-os-Montes south with the Douro. This sub-region is composed of the municipalities: Boticas, Chaves, Montalegre, Ribeira de Pena, Valpaços, Vila Real.
Ave is a northern sub-region that was part of the former province of Minho, now this sub-region is bounded on the north by the Cávado, the east with the Alto Tâmega, east and south with the Tâmega and Sousa and south and west to the metropolitan area of Porto. This consists of eight municipalities:Cabeceiras de Basto, Fafe, Guimarães, Mondim de Basto, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Vieira do Minho, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Vizela.
The Cávado is a northern sub-region and district of Braga , consisting northern municipalities of this district. This is bordered on the north by the Alto Minho, east to the Tras-os-Montes, the south with the Ave and the Grand Harbour and the west by the Atlantic Ocean and is composed of six municipalities: Amares, Barcelos, Braga, Esposende, Terras de Bouro, Vila Verde.
The Douro is a sub-region that includes parts of the district of Bragança, Vila Real district, district of Viseu and Guarda district. This presents bordered on the north by the Tras-os-Montes, the east with Spain, the south with Beira Interior Norte and the Dão-Lafões and west with Tamega. The Douro is composed of nineteen 19 municipalities: Alijó, Armamar, Carrazeda de Ansiães, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Lamego, Mesão Frio, Moimenta da Beira, Murça, Penedono, Peso da Régua, Sabrosa, Santa Marta de Penaguião, São João da Pesqueira, Sernancelhe, Tabuaço, Tarouca, Torre de Moncorvo, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Vila Real.
Tâmega e Sousa
The Tâmega and Sousa is a sub-region is faced with the northern Ave and Alto Tamega, east to the Douro, the south with the Viseu Dão-Lafões and west to the metropolitan area of Porto. This is composed of eleven municipalities: Amarante, Baião, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Felgueiras, Lousada, Marco de Canaveses, Paços de Ferreira, Penafiel, Resende.
Tras-os-Montes is a sub-region that is bounded on the west by the Alto Tamega, the north and east with Spain, especially Galicia and Castile and Leon, and the south with the Douro. This includes the following municipalities: Alfândega da Fé, Bragança, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Miranda do Douro, Mirandela, Mogadouro, Vila Flor, Vimioso, Vinhais.