Mira, Portugal

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Mira
Municipality
Flag of Mira
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Coat of arms of Mira
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Coordinates: 40°26′N 8°44′W / 40.433°N 8.733°W / 40.433; -8.733Coordinates: 40°26′N 8°44′W / 40.433°N 8.733°W / 40.433; -8.733
Country  Portugal
Region Centro
Subregion Baixo Mondego
Intermunic. comm. Região de Coimbra
District Coimbra
Parishes 4
Area
 • Total 124.03 km2 (47.89 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 12,465
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
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. The population in 2011 was 12,465,[1] in an area of 124.03 km².[2]

Parishes[edit]

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias):[3]

  • 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.[4]

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