- List of cities in Portugal
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 2006, 151 locations in Portugal are considered a city.
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 e 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 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 populous cities are: Lisbon (Lisboa), Oporto (Porto), Braga, Amadora, Gaia, Queluz, Funchal, Coimbra, Setubal, Agualva-Cacem and Almada.
Crest City Municipality Population A city since Abrantes Abrantes 18,600 1916-06-14 Agualva-Cacém Sintra 121,000 2001-07-12 Águeda Águeda 11,357 1985-08-14 Albufeira Albufeira 16,237 1986-08-20 Alcácer do Sal Alcácer do Sal 9,118 1997-07-12 Alcobaça Alcobaça 15,800 1995-08-30 Almada Almada 101,500 1973-06-16 Almeirim Almeirim 11,607 1991-08-16 Alverca do Ribatejo Vila Franca de Xira 29,086 1990-08-09 Amadora Amadora 151,500 1979-09-17 Amarante Amarante 11,000 1985-08-14 Amora Seixal 53,638 1993-07-02 Anadia Anadia 3,533 2004-12-09 Angra do Heroísmo Angra do Heroísmo 21,200 1534-08-21 Aveiro Aveiro 67,003 1759-04-11 Barcelos Barcelos 20,000 1928-09-06 Barreiro Barreiro 50,232 1984-06-28 Beja Beja 23,475 1521-04-10 Braga Braga 181,819 From time immemorial Bragança Bragança 19,998 1464-02-23 Caldas da Rainha Caldas da Rainha 30,006 1927-08-26 Câmara de Lobos Câmara de Lobos 16,842 1996-08-02 Caniço Santa Cruz 11,586 2005-06-09 Cantanhede Cantanhede 7,066 1991-08-16 Cartaxo Cartaxo 10,115 1995-08-30 Castelo Branco Castelo Branco 34,525 1771-03-20 Chaves Chaves 19,307 1929-03-18 Coimbra Coimbra 138,540 From time immemorial Costa da Caparica Almada 14,100 2004-12-09 Covilhã Covilhã 36,147 1870-10-20 Elvas Elvas 28,106 1513-04-03 Entroncamento Entroncamento 20,065 1991-08-16 Ermesinde Valongo 40,139 1990-08-10 Esmoriz Ovar 11,200 1993-07-02 Espinho Espinho 10,500 1973-06-16 Esposende Esposende 9,148 1993-07-02 Estarreja Estarreja 7,000 2004-12-09 Estremoz Estremoz 9,011 1926-08-31 Évora Évora 46,417 From time immemorial Fafe Fafe 15,323 1986-08-23 Faro Faro 43,757 1540-09-07 Fátima Ourém 10,302 1997-07-12 Felgueiras Felgueiras 15,100 1990-08-10 Figueira da Foz Figueira da Foz 36,500 1882-09-20 Fiães Santa Maria da Feira 13,100 2001-07-12 Freamunde Paços de Ferreira 7,452 2001-07-12 Funchal Funchal 100,526 1508-08-21 Fundão Fundão 8,957 1988-04-19 Gafanha da Nazaré Ílhavo 14,021 2001-07-21 Gandra Paredes 5,200 2003-08-26 Gondomar Gondomar 25,000 1991-08-16 Gouveia Gouveia 3,500 1988-02-01 Guarda Guarda 32,274 1199-11-27 Guimarães Guimarães 52,181 1853-06-23 Horta Horta 9,000 1833-07-04 Lagoa Lagoa 5,000 2001-07-12 Lagos Lagos 20,000 1573-01-27 Lamego Lamego 12,000 From time immemorial Leiria Leiria 50,264 1545-06-13 Lisbon Lisbon 545,245 From time immemorial Lixa Felgueiras 5,500 1995-08-30 Loulé Loulé 24,000 1988-02-01 Loures Loures 26,000 1990-08-09 Lourosa Santa Maria da Feira 11,300 2001-07-12 Macedo de Cavaleiros Macedo de Cavaleiros 7,800 1999-06-24 Maia Maia 40,000 1986-08-23 Mangualde Mangualde 8,107 2001-07-12 Marco de Canaveses Marco de Canaveses 9,000 1993-07-02 Marinha Grande Marinha Grande 29,100 1988-04-19 Matosinhos Matosinhos 47,703 1984-06-28 Mealhada Mealhada 5,500 2003-08-26 Mêda Mêda 2,004 2004-12-09 Miranda do Douro Miranda do Douro 2,000 1545-07-10 Mirandela Mirandela 11,000 1984-06-28 Montemor-o-Novo Montemor-o-Novo 14,000 1988-04-18 Montijo Montijo 30,486 1985-08-14 Moura Moura 10,000 1988-02-01 Odivelas Odivelas 54,500 1990-08-10 Olhão da Restauração Olhão 31,100 1985-08-14 Oliveira de Azeméis Oliveira de Azeméis 15,000 1984-05-16 Oliveira do Bairro Oliveira do Bairro 5,005 2003-08-26 Oliveira do Hospital Oliveira do Hospital 4,400 1993-07-02 Ourém Ourém 11,100 1991-08-16 Ovar Ovar 18,900 1984-06-28 Paços de Ferreira Paços de Ferreira 9,000 1993-07-02 Paredes Paredes 12,500 1991-08-16 Penafiel Penafiel 10,000 1770-03-03 Peniche Peniche 17,500 1988-02-01 Peso da Régua Peso da Régua 10,000 1985-08-14 Pinhel Pinhel 3,500 1770-08-25 Pombal Pombal 18,500 1991-08-16 Ponta Delgada Ponta Delgada 46,102 1546-04-02 Ponte de Sor Ponte de Sor 11,000 1985-08-14 Portalegre Portalegre 15,700 1550-05-23 Portimão Portimão 40,700 1924-12-11 Porto Porto 237,559 From time immemorial Vila Baleira (a.k.a. Porto Santo) Porto Santo 4,475 1996-08-02 Póvoa de Santa Iria Vila Franca de Xira 28,000 1999-06-24 Póvoa de Varzim Póvoa de Varzim 38,257 1973-06-16 Praia da Vitória Praia da Vitória 6,500 1981-06-20 Quarteira Loulé 21,000 1999-06-24 Queluz Sintra 116,124 1997-07-24 Rebordosa Paredes 12,100 2003-08-26 Reguengos de Monsaraz Reguengos de Monsaraz 7,900 2004-12-09 Ribeira Grande Ribeira Grande 6,350 1981-06-29 Rio Maior Rio Maior 11,102 1985-08-14 Rio Tinto Gondomar 61,227 1995-08-30 Sabugal Sabugal 2,300 2004-12-09 Sacavém Loures 17,000 1997-06-04 Santa Comba Dão Santa Comba Dão 3,200 1999-06-24 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz 6,500 1996-08-02 Santa Maria da Feira Santa Maria da Feira 16,900 1985-08-14 Santana Santana 3,300 2001-01-01 Santarém Santarém 30,100 1868-12-24 Santiago do Cacém Santiago do Cacém 7,753 1991-08-16 Santo Tirso Santo Tirso 14,100 1985-08-14 São João da Madeira São João da Madeira 21,102 1984-06-28 São Mamede de Infesta Matosinhos 27,000 2001-07-12 São Salvador de Lordelo Paredes 11,000 2003-08-26 Seia Seia 7,000 1986-08-23 Seixal Seixal 31,101 1993-07-02 Serpa Serpa 9,990 2003-08-26 Setúbal Setúbal 120,636 1860-04-19 Silves Silves 11,000 From time immemorial Sines Sines 15,555 1997-07-12 Tarouca Tarouca 3,200 2004-12-09 Tavira Tavira 13,300 1520-03-16 Tomar Tomar 20,000 1844-02-12 Tondela Tondela 10,120 1988-02-01 Torres Novas Torres Novas 14,900 1985-08-14 Torres Vedras Torres Vedras 27,200 1979-02-03 Trancoso Trancoso 3,350 2004-12-09 Trofa Trofa 22,000 1993-07-02 Valbom Gondomar 14,100 2004-12-09 Vale de Cambra Vale de Cambra 4,200 1993-07-02 Valongo Valongo 27,900 1990-08-10 Valpaços Valpaços 4,102 1999-06-24 Vendas Novas Vendas Novas 10,103 1993-07-02 Viana do Castelo Viana do Castelo 36,750 1848-01-20 Vila do Conde Vila do Conde 32,257 1988-02-01 Vila Franca de Xira Vila Franca de Xira 19,000 1984-06-28 Vila Nova de Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão 30,100 1985-08-14 Vila Nova de Foz Côa Vila Nova de Foz Côa 3,303 1997-07-12 Vila Nova de Gaia Vila Nova de Gaia 178,526 1984-06-28 Vila Nova de Santo André Santiago do Cacém 12,123 2003-08-26 Vila Real Vila Real 27,250 1925-07-20 Vila Real de Santo António Vila Real de Santo António 11,000 1988-04-19 Viseu Viseu 50,583 From time immemorial Vizela Vizela 10,100 1998-09-01
- Except the city of Figueira da Foz
- Subdivisions of Portugal
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- "Cidades Portuguesas". Instituto Nacional de Estatística. http://www.ine.pt/prodserv/nomenclaturas/refter/cid-vil/cidades_ano.asp?ano=200212&anoD=2002. Retrieved 2006-07-08.
- "Municípios Portugueses". Associação Nacional de Municípios Portugueses. http://www.anmp.pt/. Retrieved 2006-03-27.
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