Introduction to EUROACE

EUROACE’s territorial range of action includes the geographical area of Alentejo, Portugal’s Central region and Extremadura. It covers an area of approximately 92,500 sq. km. in which 3,388,563 inhabitants reside (6% of the peninsula’s population).

Its territory is equivalent to almost a fifth of Spain’s land area and is superior to Portugal’s. It has a low average population density (37 inhabitants per sq. km.) in spite of its enormous territorial potential.

Its strategic location in the peninsula’s southwest, in comparison to greater metropolitan areas on the Iberian Peninsula (Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Oporto), as well as the Atlantic coast and the continental diagonal give EUROACE a privileged status in the context of Europe’s new territorial strategy.

Its territorial structure is comprised of a broad network of medium-sized and small cities. All have an adequate supply of public services and easy access to and from other regions, which will shortly be increased by the arrival of the high-speed train.