Beira (Portugal)

Portugal's traditional provinces

Beira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɐjɾɐ]) was one of the six traditional provinces or comarcas of Portugal.

The territorial extension is different from that of the area called "The Beiras", which refers to three provinces of 1936, which also include area from Estremadura Province.

There is also a wine region, called Beira VR.

Administrative history

After the 15th Century, the new Kingdom of Portugal was divided into six great administrative units, referred to as comarcas. Since the Middle Ages there existed the Beira Province.


In 1832 this province was divided into


In 1936 these were divided among three provinces, one of which contained area that was not included in Beira Province:

Sometimes collectively referred to as "the Beiras".

Some Portuguese geographers referred to the part of Trás-os-Montes that lies south of the Douro River as "Beira Transmontana", but that name was never used officially.


In 1976 the provinces were abolished leaving only the 18 districts.

1976 postal code areas divide the area in


Law 19/98 which was proposed in 1998 divided the area into


The current Centro Region of Portugal covers roughly the same area, Oeste Subregion being the major exception. Among its twelve subregions three contain the name "Beira":

The name also is contained in the name of many small towns and villages in the area, e.g. Moimenta da Beira, Celorico da Beira, Aguiar da Beira, Mondim da Beira etc.


See also

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