Santa Marta de Penaguião

Santa Marta de Penaguião (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɐ̃tɐ ˈmaɾtɐ ðɨ pɨnɐɣiˈɐ̃w] (listen) or [- ˌpenɐɣiˈɐ̃w]) is a Portuguese municipality in the district of Vila Real, in the northern region of Douro. The population in 2011 was 7,356,[1] in an area of 69.28 km².[2]

Santa Marta de Penaguião
Flag of Santa Marta de Penaguião
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Coordinates: 41°13′24″N 7°49′11″W / 41.22333°N 7.81972°W / 41.22333; -7.81972Coordinates: 41°13′24″N 7°49′11″W / 41.22333°N 7.81972°W / 41.22333; -7.81972
Country Portugal
Intermunic. comm.Douro
DistrictVila Real
 • PresidentLuís Machado (PS)
 • Total69.28 km2 (26.75 sq mi)
577 m (1,893 ft)
 • Total7,356
 • Density110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)
Postal code
Area code254
PatronSanta Marta


The history of Santa Marta de Penaguião is affirmed by vestiges of the castros that have been discovered in Fontes, Lobrigos, Cumieira, Louredo and Medrões, which were settled prior to the establishment of the Kingdom of Portugal.[3] Some of the toponymy in the region also presupposes the existences of tribal clans in this Douro valley region.[3]

The municipality of Santa Marta de Penaguião were part of the Terras de Penaguião, an administrative division that existed during early Middle Ages (9th-10th century) that extended between the Douro and Corgo watersheds, including the Serra do Marão and the Terras de Panóias (today Vila Real).[3] Comprehensively, this included the current municipality, in addition to portions of the municipalities of Peso da Régua and Vila Real.[3]

During the reign of Afonso Henriques the region was governed by Moço Viegas, son of Egas Moniz.[3]

King Sancho I issued a charter (Portuguese: foral) in 1202, and King Manual I re-issued a new foral on 15 December 1519.[3][4] The forals provided detailed explanations of the rights, privileges and responsibilities of the local landowners, covered within the limits of the municipality.[3]

During the 17th-18th century there was a marked increase in the homes, estates, churches and patrimony constructed in the municipality, while documents refer to expensive land rents obtained by seigneurial landowners.[3] This was primarily due to export of wine and the cultivation of vineyards, which occupied a great part of the terraced landholdings of the local gentlemen. This success also brought a lot of opportunism, the mixing of castes, and later, the collapse of wine sales, as the quality deteriorated. In order to overcome these problems, and in order to rejuvenate exports, (through the influence of the friar João de Mansilha and the Marquess of Pombal), King Joseph signed into existence (10 September 1756) the Companhia Geral de Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro.[3]

This company improved the production of wine sales in the Douro valley, establishing a Demarcated Export product with specific quality expectations: wines that could not meet these levels of quality could not be sold as "Douro Wines". The Companhia Geral was also responsible for affixing similar demarcation to the Porto Wine, before any non-Douro brands began appearing in Europe.[3]

In the 19th century, through the administrative reforms, and owing to the regions importance to the Demarcated Region of the Douro, Santa Marta retained its municipal status.[3]


Population of the
Santa Marta de Penaguião Municipality
(1801 - 2004)
1801 10,731—    
1849 8,535−20.5%
1900 11,422+33.8%
1930 12,532+9.7%
1960 13,282+6.0%
1981 11,194−15.7%
1991 9,703−13.3%
2001 8,569−11.7%
2011 7,356−14.2%

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 7 civil parishes (freguesias):[5]

  • Alvações do Corgo
  • Cumieira
  • Fontes
  • Louredo e Fornelos
  • Medrões
  • Lobrigos (São Miguel e São João Baptista) e Sanhoane
  • Sever

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Câmara Municipal, ed. (2007). "História" (in Portuguese). Santa Marta de Penaguião, Portugal: Município de Santa Marta de Penaguião. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  4. ^ A facsimile of the both forals exist at the National Archive of Torre do Tombo (ANTT), in Lisbon.
  5. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 107" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 July 2014.