The Municipality of Valongo was born more than 180 years ago, in 1836, but the history of this 75km2 territory where the cities of Alfena, Ermesinde and Valongo, and the villages of Campo and Sobrado coexist, dates back hundreds of millions of years to the Palaeozoic Era. Valongo possesses a very rich and diversified identity with unique territorial marks which affirm and distinguish the municipality in the Metropolitan Area of Porto. Highlights include the centenary tradition of Biscoito and Regueifa, the art of Traditional Portuguese Toys, the spectacular tradition of the Festa das Bugiadas and Mouriscadas, the Slate, the Religious Monuments and the beauty of the Santa Justa and Pias Mountains, the main gateway to the Parque das Serras do Porto. With about 95.000 inhabitants, Valongo has a strategic location in the metropolitan region, with excellent accessibility and proximity to an International Airport, to a seaport, and to the second largest city in the country. Valongo is today strategically directed towards the construction of a qualified and balanced territory, prepared to welcome investment, promote the settlement of people and attract tourists.