Cávado (intermunicipal community)

The Comunidade Intermunicipal do Cávado (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkavɐdu]) is an administrative division in northern Portugal. It was created in 2008.[1] It is also a NUTS3 subregion of the Norte Region.[2] The seat of the intermunicipal community is Braga, Norte. Cávado comprises part of the former Braga District. The population in 2011 was 410,169,[3] in an area of 1,245.79 square kilometres (481.00 sq mi),[4] which makes it one of the most densely populated subregions of Portugal.

CIM Cávado.svg
Coordinates: 41°33′N 8°28′W / 41.550°N 8.467°W / 41.550; -8.467Coordinates: 41°33′N 8°28′W / 41.550°N 8.467°W / 41.550; -8.467
Country Portugal
 • Total1,245.79 km2 (481.00 sq mi)
 • Total410,169
 • Density330/km2 (850/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)

Its name is derived from the Cávado River that drains a large part of its territory. It borders the intermunicipal community of Ave and the Metropolitan Area of Porto to the south, Alto Tâmega to the east, Alto Minho to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.


It is composed of six municipalities:[5]

Municipality Population (2011)[3] Area (km²)[4]
Amares 18,889 81.95
Barcelos 120,391 378.90
Braga 181,494 183.40
Esposende 34,254 95.41
Terras de Bouro 7,253 277.46
Vila Verde 47,888 228.67
Total 410,169 1,245.79


  1. ^ CIM Cávado Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Adequação dos indicadores à nova organização territorial NUTS III / Entidades Intermunicipais, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, 18 March 2015
  3. ^ a b Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  4. ^ a b "Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país". Archived from the original on 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  5. ^ "Law nr. 75/2013" (pdf). Diário da República (in Portuguese). Assembly of the Republic (Portugal). Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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