Ponte de Lima

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Ponte de Lima
Municipality
Flag of Ponte de Lima
Flag
Coat of arms of Ponte de Lima
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 41°46′N 8°34′W / 41.767°N 8.567°W / 41.767; -8.567Coordinates: 41°46′N 8°34′W / 41.767°N 8.567°W / 41.767; -8.567
Country  Portugal
Region Norte
Subregion Minho-Lima
District/A.R. Viana do Castelo
Government
 • Mayor Vítor Mendes (CDS-PP)
Area
 • Total 320.3 km2 (123.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 44,667
 • Density 139.5/km2 (361/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 51
Municipal holiday
September 20
Website http://www.cm-pontedelima.pt

Ponte de Lima (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpõt(ɨ) ðɨ ˈlimɐ]) is a town in Portugal of 2,800 inhabitants and also a municipality with a total area of 320.3 km² and a total population of 44,667 inhabitants (2006).

The municipality is composed of 51 parishes and is located in the district of Viana do Castelo. It is named after the long medieval bridge that passes over the Lima river that runs next to the town.

The present Mayor is Vítor Manuel Alves Mendes, elected by the Democratic Social Center. It's the only municipality in Portugal ruled solely by this party.[1]

The municipal holiday is September 20.

Parishes[edit]

  • Anais
  • Arca
  • Arcos
  • Arcozelo
  • Ardegão
  • Bárrio
  • Beiral do Lima
  • Bertiandos
  • Boalhosa
  • Brandara
  • Cabaços
  • Cabração
  • Calheiros
  • Calvelo
  • Cepões
  • Correlhã
  • Estorãos
  • Facha
  • Feitosa
  • Fojo Lobal
  • Fontão
  • Fornelos
  • Freixo
  • Friastelas
  • Gaifar
  • Gandra
  • Gemieira
  • Gondufe
  • Labruja
  • Labrujó
  • Mato
  • Moreira do Lima
  • Navió
  • Poiares
  • Ponte de Lima
  • Queijada
  • Refóios do Lima
  • Rendufe
  • Ribeira
  • Sandiães
  • Santa Comba
  • Santa Cruz do Lima
  • Santa Maria de Rebordões
  • Seara
  • Serdedelo
  • Souto de Rebordões
  • Vilar das Almas
  • Vilar do Monte
  • Vitorino das Donas
  • Vitorino dos Piães

General information[edit]

Ponte de Lima

Ponte de Lima is located in the southern bank of the Lima, a small river with sources in Spain.

One of the oldest towns in Portugal (founded on the 4th March 1125),[2] it was historically significant as a Roman settlement in the road from Braga to Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, and the first place in Portugal getting a municipal charter.

Every second Monday, it holds one of the largest country markets in Portugal. In the second weekend of September, Ponte de Lima hold the Feiras Novas (the new fairs) for three days since 1826, granted by the Royal Provision of king Peter IV of Portugal.

The attractive rural area around has the largest concentration of baroque manors in Portugal (Bertiandos, Brandara, Calheiros, and Pomarchão are among the best known); Some provide tourism accommodation. Ponte de Lima is also known in the region for its red Vinho Verde wines.

References[edit]

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