Barcelos Municipality, Portugal

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Flag of Barcelos
Coat of arms of Barcelos
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 41°32′N 8°37′W / 41.533°N 8.617°W / 41.533; -8.617Coordinates: 41°32′N 8°37′W / 41.533°N 8.617°W / 41.533; -8.617
Country  Portugal
Region Norte
Subregion Cávado
District/A.R. Braga
 • Mayor Miguel Costa Gomes (PS)
 • Total 378.90 km2 (146.29 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 120,391
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 60
Municipal holiday Milagre das Cruzes
(Miracle of Crosses)
May 3

Barcelos Municipality (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɐɾˈsɛluʃ]) is located in Braga District, in the north of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 120,391,[1] in an area of 378.90 km².[2] With 60 parishes, it is the municipality with the highest number of parishes in the country. It also contains the city of Barcelos. It is one of the growing municipalities in the country, especially in Minho metropolitan area and is well known by its textile and adobe industries.


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 60 civil parishes (freguesias):[3]

Notable citizens[edit]

  • João Garcia de Guilhade, a famous Portuguese trobadour during the 13th century, was from Milhazes.
  • Pedro Afonso, Count of Barcelos, an illegitimate son of King Denis of Portugal and the second count of Barcelos.
  • António Pires de Lima (born 1936), a famous lawyer and former bastonário of the Portuguese Bar Association (Portuguese: Ordem dos Advogados) and father of former Minister of Culture Isabel Pires de Lima, and of businessman and former politician António Pires de Lima, was from Barcelos.[4]
  • Portuguese prime-minister Francisco de Sá Carneiro, whose father, José Gualberto Chaves Marques de Sá Carneiro, and paternal family were from Barcelos.