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Euro-región North Portugal - Galicia

The Chaves-Verín Eurocity comprises the territory of both local councils in the Upper Tâmega Valley in the north of Portugal and the south east of Galicia respectively. The council of Chaves covers some 591 km², divided into 51 parishes (freguesias), while the council of Verín covers some 94 km² divided into 15 parishes (parroquias).

Chaves is a town with around 42,000 inhabitants (of which about 20,000 are located in urban perimeters), and it is the structuring urban centre of the Alto Tâmega territory (6 towns with about 100,000 inhabitants).

Verín, on the other hand, is a town with about 15,000 inhabitants and a centre of an extensive functional area, which includes not only the Municipality of Monterrei-Verín with 25,000 inhabitants, but also some towns in neighbouring Municipalities.

The two cities are less than 20 minutes apart and are, one could say, well situated in the Iberian area [through the motorways of A7 (connection to the Metropolitan Area of Porto, to Porto's international airport, and to the port of Leixões about 1.5 hours away), A52 (connection to Ourense, Vigo, and their respective port and airport about 1.5 hours away, to Madrid about 4 hours, the French border about 6 hours), and A24 to the south (link to the motorway to Lisbon about 4 hours)].

Directions

By car

From Oporto, head north in A3 highway (manual tolls), until exit Guimarães and then cache A7 highway (manual tolls) until Sabrosa and finally cache the A24 highway (electronic tolls). Driving time: 2h00

From Madrid, head northwest in A6 highway, until exit Benavente (manual tolls) and then catch A52 freeway. Driving time: 4h30.

From Vigo, head east in A55 freeway, until exit Porriño and then cache A52 highway (toll-free). Driving time: 1h45

From Santiago, head southeast in AP53 highway (toll manuals), until it crosses with the A52 freeway, and then follow direction Ourense-Benavente, until Verín. Driving time: 2h00

By plane

The Eurocity is less than 3 hours to 5 international airports (A Coruna, Porto, Santiago Compostela, Vigo, Valladolid), and 4 hours and half from the international airport Barajas (Madrid). The nearest airports, airport Porto, is 1h45 far from, and has the largest number of connections, followed by the airport of Santiago de Compostela, which is from 2 hours from Verín.

By train

The nearest train station is in A Gudiña (Spain) about 30 kms Verín.
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