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Vilar Formoso is a town and civil parish in the municipality of Almeida, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 2,219,[1] in an area of 15.14 km².[2] One of the most important border crossings between Portugal and Spain is located just next to the town. Today, with unrestricted travel between countries of the European Union, the customs booths are unmanned and traffic passes through freely.

Vilar Formoso
Vilar Formoso is located in Portugal
Vilar Formoso
Vilar Formoso
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 40°36′29″N 6°49′48″W / 40.608°N 6.830°W / 40.608; -6.830Coordinates: 40°36′29″N 6°49′48″W / 40.608°N 6.830°W / 40.608; -6.830
Country Portugal
RegionCentro
Intermunic. comm.Beiras e Serra da Estrela
DistrictGuarda
MunicipalityAlmeida
Area
 • Total15.14 km2 (5.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total2,219
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneWET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Fountain near the customs building, border Portugal-Spain
Mosaic depicting skiing, on north side of Vilar Formoso train station

Vilar Formoso has a railroad station where the Lisbon-Hendaye express stops daily. The station is covered with tile murals depicting scenes from all over Portugal, including a rare skiing scene.

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