Caparica

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Caparica
Coat of arms of Caparica
Coat of arms
Caparica is located in Portugal
Caparica
Caparica
Coordinates: 38°39′50″N 9°12′00″W / 38.664°N 9.200°W / 38.664; -9.200Coordinates: 38°39′50″N 9°12′00″W / 38.664°N 9.200°W / 38.664; -9.200
CountryPortugal
MunicipalityAlmada
Disbanded2013
Area
 • Total11.02 km2 (4.25 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
 • Total20,454
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Websitewww.jf-caparica.pt

Caparica is a former civil parish in the municipality (concelho) of Almada, Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Portugal. In 2013, the parish merged with the civil parish of Trafaria into the new parish Caparica e Trafaria.[1] The population in 2011 was 20,454,[2] in an area of 11.02 km².[3]

Location[edit]

Caparica is situated on the Setúbal Peninsula, south of the Tagus River. On the opposite bank of the Tagus lies Belém, a civil parish of Lisbon. Caparica lies west of the central part of Almada Municipality and west of the 25 de Abril Bridge.

History[edit]

The name Caparica is probably derived from the Latin word capparis, which means caper. Caparica may have been founded during the Roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. It became a parish in 1472, and it became a town on September 27, 1985.

Localities[edit]

The parish of Caparica includes the following localities:

  • Vila Nova de Caparica
  • Capuchos
  • Funchalinho
  • Areeiro
  • Granja
  • Fómega
  • Alcaniça
  • Raposo
  • Pera
  • Monte de Caparica
  • Torre
  • Fonte Santa
  • Serrado
  • Pilotos
  • Costas de Cão
  • Banática
  • Porto Brandão
  • Lazarim

Points of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 10" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  3. ^ Eurostat Archived September 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine