Cities of Portugal

Cities in PortugalIn Portugal, a city, or cidade in Portuguese, is an honorific term given to locations that meet the criteria to be titled “city”. To have the status of a city in Portugal requires a minimum number of inhabitants, a well established infrastructure, with schools, medical care, cultural and sports facilities, or have a major historical importance.

In Portugal, a city is not an administrative division. Thus a city generally doesn’t correspond to a municipality, except in the case of entire urban municipalities, such as Lisbon, Porto, Funchal, Amadora, Entroncamento, and São João da Madeira.

Porto, Portugal

Porto, a coastal city in northwest Portugal, a.k.a. Oporto.

Until 1910, an urban center was proclaimed to be a city by royal charter, which happened 25 times to current Portuguese cities. Royal charters were also granted to cities of the Portuguese Empire, and example being São Paulo, which was granted city status 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 and more in the colonies to be cities. This time by government decree. After the 1974 Carnation Revolution, proclamation of cities returned to parliament. As a result, Portugal now has over 150 cities, causing the title to no longer hold the prestige it once did.

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Eight locations have been always considered cities since Portugal became an independent kingdom circa 1128. This are 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 were proclaimed on 12 June 2009. These were Valença, Senhora da Hora, São Pedro do Sul, Samora Correia, and Borba.

This list of cities of Portugal is reasonably all inclusive. If I have missed a city please let me know using the contact form. Thanks!
Abrantes
Agualva-Cacém
Águeda
Albufeira – Located in the south of Portugal, in an area called Algarve.
Alcácer do Sal
Alcobaça
Alfena
Almada
Almeirim
Amadora
Amarante
Amora
Anadia
Angra do Heroísmo
Aveiro
Barcelos
Barreiro
Beja
Braga
Bragança
Caldas da Rainha
Cantanhede
Cartaxo
Castelo Branco
Chaves
Coimbra
Costa da Caparica
Covilhã
Elvas
Entroncamento
Ermesinde
Esmoriz
Espinho
Esposende
Estarreja
Estremoz
Évora
Fafe
Faro
Fátima
Felgueiras
Figueira da Foz
Fiães
Freamunde
Funchal
Fundão
Gafanha da Nazaré
Gandra
Gondomar
Gouveia
Guarda
Guimarães
Horta
Ílhavo
Lagoa
Lagos
Lamego
Leiria
Lisbon
Lisbon
Lixa
Loulé
Loures
Lourosa
Macedo de Cavaleiros
Machico
Maia
Mangualde
Marco de Canaveses
Marinha Grande
Matosinhos
Mealhada
Mêda
Miranda do Douro
Mirandela
Montemor-o-Novo
Montijo
Moura
Odivelas
Olhão da Restauração
Oliveira de Azeméis
Oliveira do Bairro
Oliveira do Hospital
Ourém
Ovar
Paços de Ferreira
Paredes
Penafiel
Peniche
Peso da Régua
Pinhel
Pombal
Ponta Delgada
Ponte de Sor
Portalegre
Portimão
Porto – A coastal city in northwest Portugal, is often called Oporto in English.
Porto Santo
Póvoa de Santa Iria
Póvoa de Varzim
Praia da Vitória
Quarteira
Queluz
Rebordosa
Reguengos de Monsaraz
Ribeira Grande
Rio Maior
Rio Tinto
Sabugal
Sacavém
Santa Comba Dão
Santa Cruz
Santa Maria da Feira
Santana
Santarém
Santiago do Cacém
Santo Tirso
São João da Madeira
São Mamede de Infesta
São Salvador de Lordelo
Seia
Seixal
Serpa
Setúbal
Silves
Sines
Tarouca
Tavira
Tomar
Tondela
Torres Novas
Torres Vedras
Trancoso
Trofa
Valbom
Vale de Cambra
Valongo
Valpaços
Vendas Novas
Viana do Castelo
Vila do Conde
Vila Franca de Xira
Vila Nova de Famalicão
Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Santo André
Vila Real
Vila Real de Santo António
Viseu
Vizela

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