Chaves, Portugal

Chaves (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃavɨʃ] (listen)) is a city and a municipality in the north of Portugal. It is 10 km south of the Spanish border and 22 km south of Verín (Spain). The population in 2011 was 41,243,[1] in an area of 591.23 km2.[2] The municipality is the second most populous of the district of Vila Real (the district capital, Vila Real, is 60 km south on the A24 motorway). With origins in the Roman civitas Aquæ Flaviæ, Chaves has developed into a regional center. The urban area has 17,535 residents (2001).[3]

Chaves
From top left to right: The Câmara Municipal de Chaves (City Hall), the Tâmega River, the typical balconies, the keep, one of the central gardens and one of the two churches.
Pelourinho Square
Coordinates: 41°44′26″N 7°28′17″W
Country Portugal
RegionNorte
Intermunic. comm.Alto Tâmega
DistrictVila Real
Parishes41 (see text)
Government
  PresidentNuno Vaz (PS)
Area
  Total591.23 km2 (228.28 sq mi)
Elevation
371 m (1,217 ft)
Population
 (2011)
  Total41,243
  Density70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)
Postal code
5400
Area code276
PatronNossa Senhora da Livração
Websitehttp://www.chaves.pt