Flag of Valpaços
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Coordinates: 41°36′35″N 7°18′44″W / 41°36′35″N 7°18′44″W / 41.60972; -7.31222Portugal
Intermunic. comm.Alto Tâmega
DistrictVila Real
Parishes25 (see text)
 • PresidentAmílcar Almeida (PPD-PSD)
 • Total548.74 km2 (211.87 sq mi)
515 m (1,690 ft)
 • Total16,882
 • Density31/km2 (80/sq mi)
Time zoneWET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Postal code
Area code278

Valpaços (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌvaɫˈpasuʃ]) is a municipality in northern Portugal. The population in 2011 was 16,882,[1] in an area of 548.74 km².[2]


The first documents that cite Valpaços date back to the 12th century. Its toponymy evolved from pre-national settlements, and started as a small enclave inhabited by nobles and signeurial family estates, attracted by the privileges of colonial settlement so close to the Spanish border. The nascent Portuguese community was susceptible to attacks from Spain, who maintained their land claims to the Portuguese territory. The establishment of border settlements fixed the border.

Historically, Vale de Paço (and later Vale de Paços until the 19th century) was an area with roots in the Roman period of settlement, yet influenced by Germanic settlers before Portugal became a Kingdom.

The most important event in the regions history occurred in the 19th century. On 16 November 1846, during the Patuleia conflict, a movement that was apolitical turned bloody, resulting in the deaths of 200 people, before the wave proceeded into the lands of Murça.

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العربية: فالبوكاس
Bân-lâm-gú: Valpaços
català: Valpaços
Deutsch: Valpaços
español: Valpaços
فارسی: والپاسوس
français: Valpaços
galego: Valpaços
한국어: 발파수스
հայերեն: Վասպասուշ
italiano: Valpaços
ქართული: ვალპასოსი
Lëtzebuergesch: Valpaços
مازِرونی: والپاسوس
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polski: Valpaços
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русский: Валпасуш
suomi: Valpaços
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українська: Валпасуш
Tiếng Việt: Valpaços
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