Mira, Portugal

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Vila de Mira
Coat of arms of Vila de Mira
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 40°26′N 8°44′W / 40.433°N 8.733°W / 40.433; -8.733
Country  Portugal
District/A.R. Coimbra
Area
 • Total 124.03 km2 (47.89 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 12,465
Website www.cm-mira.pt

Mira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmiɾɐ]) is a town and a municipality in the district of Coimbra, Portugal. It is a coastal municipality known for its beaches, forests, and agriculture.

Parishes[edit]

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias):[1]

  • Mira
  • Praia de Mira
  • Seixo
  • Carapelhos

Economy[edit]

A centre for artisanal fishery, and aquaculture, Mira's economic activities also rely on agriculture, forestry, and tourism.

In 2007, the Galician fishing company Pescanova, headquartered in Redondela, Spain, announced its intention to build several sea bass aquaculture plants in Mira. Pescanova invested about 350 mln eur in the Portuguese aquaculture plant, which was backed by the Portuguese government with about 45 mln eur in incentives. The plants incorporate wind farms to alleviate the high energy costs, as well as a fish feeding plant. The plants were projected to reach a production rate of between 30,000t and 100,000t a year.[2]

Main sights[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 71" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  2. ^ (Portuguese) José Carlos Silva, Comissário Europeu em Mira para inaugurar Pescanova, in Diário de Coimbra (June 14, 2009).

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