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Vila Real

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second smallest continent in terms of area and third largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Vila Real is a municipality in the district of Vila Real which is in northern Portugal. The municipality is composed of 30 parishes and has a total area of 378.8 square kilometers. It has a total population of 50,499 inhabitants and the density is 133 inhabitants per square kilometers. In the city, there is a state university called Universidade de Trasos Montese Alto Douro. Its forestry and winemaking courses have wide national recognition. There are several primary schools in addition to three secondary schools. The city also has a private Catholic primary school. A narrow gauge railway connects the city with Peso da Regua by the Douro River.

Vila Real has become a centre of industry, education, administration and culture. Recently the city has undergone major improvements in urban renewal with funds from the Polis Program. A park having sports facilities and walking paths have been built along the river. A major shopping center, the largest in the region of Tras os Montes, was inaugurated in 2005. The aerodrome is small but has airline service with Aerocondor to Braganca and Cascais. It is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over.

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