|The Municipality of Linhares|
Regência beach in Linhares
|Nickname(s): "Paraíso das águas" (Waters' Paradise)|
Location of Linhares in the State of Espírito Santo
|Founded||August 22, 1800|
|• Mayor||Jair Correia - Partido Democrático Trabalhista (PDT)|
|• Total||9,501.6 km2 (3,668.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||33 m (108 ft)|
|• Density||17/km2 (43/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (UTC-3)|
|HDI (2010)||0,724 – medium|
Linhares is the name of a municipality in the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil, 135 km north of the state capital, Vitória. It is the largest municipality by area in the state, at 9,501.6 km², and has a population of 157.814 people (2013).
The municipality is named in honor of D. Rodrigo de Souza Coutinho, Count of Linhares, who was a minister in the Brazilian government in the first two decades of the 19th century.
The area today known as Linhares was once inhabited by the Botocudo. The town, founded by Europeans on August 22, 1800 was destroyed by the Indians during a war in 1809.
Linhares became a municipality in 1945, when it was detached from the municipality of Colatina.
The economy of Linhares is mostly based on commerce, agriculture, cattle and oil.
Linhares is characterized by undulating lowlands and numerous lakes. The town sits on the Doce River amidst its 69 lakes.
The climate is hot, tropical, and humid, typically with a dry winter season and a more humid summer. The main freshwater lagoons in the region are: Japaranã-Mirim, Palmas, Durão, Palminhas, Aguiá, Monsarás, Limão, Feia, Combóios, Piabanha, Óleo, Pau Grosso, Terra Alta and Patrão.
The Juparanã Lagoon (freshwater) is also the second largest in water volume in the country.
There is an official nudist beach called Barra Seca 60 km to the east of Linhares.