About Macedo de Cavaleiros

Macedo de Cavaleiros is a municipality in the north-eastern Portuguese district of Bragança. The population in 2011 was 16,462, in an area of 565.09 km². The town itself has about 4,000 inhabitants. The municipality includes several smaller towns and villages, including Vinhais (the largest town and seat of the municipality), Vale de Madeiros, Vilar de cordovil, Vila Boa and Aldeia Nova. The economy of Macedo de Cavaleiros is based on agriculture and livestock (especially sheep), as well as some forestry and tourism. The municipality is crossed by the Rio Tuela, a tributary of the Rio Douro. The municipality contains several protected areas, including the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the Castro Laboreiro Natural Monument and the Lindoso Dam.