The Alto Tâmega region is composed by six municipalities, Boticas, Chaves, Montalegre, Ribeira de Pena, Valpaços and Vila Pouca de Aguiar, has an aproximated ared of 2922 km2 and, according to the Portuguese National Institute for Statistics (INE), in 2015 had a resident population of 89.260 inhabitants, thus roughly corresponding to 2.5% of the North region of Portugal.
This territoty represents one of the twenty three national Intermunicipal Communities (IMC), has physical borders with four other CIM – Cávado, Ave, Douro and Terras de Trás-os-Montes – and at North with Spain, what places the region in a priviledge position considering the possibilities of promoting cross-border relation, specially with the neighbor province of Orense.
Agricultural activity and agro-industry play a major role in the economic landscape of this low-density territory. Endogenous resources of outstanding quality constitute one of the differentiating factors of these municipalities, with endogenous products of recognized quality, many of them with a Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) guarantee, including meat, honey, olive oil, chestnut, potatoes and smoked products and sausages, among others.
The tourist activity is another of the strategic bets of Alto Tâmega, founded on an offer of thermal tourism and tourism in rural space (TER) that complements the natural beauty of the region, contextualized by large areas of natural interest that give it a privileged framework in terms of biodiversity and landscape richness.
In addition, cultural heritage also plays an important role in the tourist, economic and social panorama of Alto Tâmega. Of note in this case are the national monuments with great tourist interest, distributed by the six municipalities, as well as diverse cultural manifestations like the crafts and the ethnographic traditions.