Caparica (Almada)

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Civil parish
Coat of arms of Caparica
Coat of arms
Caparica is located in Portugal
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
Country Portugal
Municipality Almada
Disbanded 2013
 • Total 11.02 km2 (4.25 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 20,454
 • Density 1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)

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]


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.


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.


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]


  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.