The Tâmega and Sousa consists of 12 municipalities: Amarante, Baião, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Felgueiras, Lousada, Marco de Canaveses, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes, Penafiel and Resende.
With an area of 1,988 km2, accounting for 9.3% of the North region, the Tâmega and Sousa is a heterogeneous domain, the transition between the Metropolitan Area of Porto and the interior of the North region.
Here resides a population of about 527 000 inhabitants (2006). Worth noticing is the percentage of the young people - almost 19% of the population - higher than the national average (15.5%), together with demographic ageing much lower than the one in the remaining areas of the North and Mainland.
The physical and geographical characteristics shaped this territory so to endow it with particular climatic and cultural specificities. With a Mediterranean climate, mild winters and not too intense summers, it is ideal for a holiday at any time of year. The highest areas of the region, such as the sierras of Aboboreira, Alvão, Marão and Montemuro, are covered, in the harshest winters, with beautiful mantles of snow. The rainy season is relatively short, between November and January, and its intermittence allows the practice of several outdoor activities.
The integration of the Tâmega and Sousa in the North region, near the Metropolitan Area of Porto, grants it a privileged position in the regional network of accessibilities and connectivity to the rest of the country. In addition to one of main urban railway lines, the region may be accessed by highways that connect it to the North and South with extreme speed and comfort. It is also close to the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro, one of the largest airports in the Iberian Peninsula.
The region has always played a leading role in the occupation and organization of the territory, lying in the heart of a World Heritage Triangle, comprised by Porto, Guimarães and Vale do Douro (the Douro Valley).
The Tâmega and Sousa is essentially an industrial area. The industries of footwear, furniture and textile are its main economic activities.