Odemira

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Odemira
Municipality
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Coordinates: 37°35′N 8°38′W / 37.583°N 8.633°W / 37.583; -8.633Coordinates: 37°35′N 8°38′W / 37.583°N 8.633°W / 37.583; -8.633
Country  Portugal
Region Alentejo
Subregion Alentejo Litoral
Intermunic. comm. Alentejo Litoral
District Beja
Parishes 13
Government
 • President José Alberto Guerreiro (PS)
Area
 • Total 1,720.60 km2 (664.33 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 26,066
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Website http://www.cm-odemira.pt

Odemira (Portuguese pronunciation: [oðɨˈmiɾɐ] or [ɔðɨˈmiɾɐ]) is a town and a municipality in Beja District in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. The population in 2011 was 26,066,[1] in an area of 1720.60 km², making it the largest municipality of Portugal by area.[2]

It is famous for its wild beaches and for being home to a significant Dutch and German community. The village of Zambujeira do Mar is home to the Festival do Sudoeste, one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe.

The municipality of Odemira has great agricultural potential, specially in the western area of the region, and is home to major operations of important agricultural companies like Vitacress, world leader in the salad market.

The present Mayor is José Alberto Guerreiro, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is 8 September.

Population[edit]

Odemira Municipality's population (1801–2011)
1801 1849 1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2004 2011
6390 11 669 20 489 32 541 43 999 29 463 26 418 26 106 25 738 26 066

Parishes[edit]

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 13 civil parishes (freguesias):[3]

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