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Flag of Loulé
Coat of arms of Loulé
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Coordinates: 37°09′N 8°00′W / 37.150°N 8.000°W / 37.150; -8.000Coordinates: 37°09′N 8°00′W / 37.150°N 8.000°W / 37.150; -8.000
Country  Portugal
Region Algarve
Subregion Algarve
Intermunic. comm. Algarve
District Faro
Parishes 9
 • President Vítor Aleixo (PS)
 • Total 763.67 km2 (294.85 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 70,622
 • Density 92/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Website http://www.cm-loule.pt

Loulé (Portuguese pronunciation: [loˈlɛ]) is a city and a municipality in Faro District in Portugal.[1] The population in 2011 was 70,622,[2] in an area of 763.67 km².[3] The municipality contains two cities: Loulé and Quarteira.

The present Mayor is Vítor Aleixo, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is Ascension Day.


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 9 civil parishes (freguesias):[4]


A highlight of the summer months in Loulé is Noite Branca, the Festival of White Night held to celebrate the end of summer. Locals and tourists, all wearing white, converge on the town, where a dazzling display of music, dance and pageantry awaits. Young people wander the streets, dressed in white as princes and princesses, demons and winged fantasy figures, while live bands play in the background.[5]

Natural Heritage[edit]

Loulé is well known for the sandy beaches, such as Quarteira. Inland, Loulé shows a rich geology, paleontology,[6] and wildlife.



In Pavilhão Desportivo Municipal de Loulé, a World Cup is held every year in the sport of trampolining.[7]


  1. ^ Detail Regional Map, Algarve- Southern Portugal, ISBN 3-8297-6235-6
  2. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  3. ^ Direção-Geral do Território
  4. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 61" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ My weekly, Festival Nights in Portugal, Nov 5-11 2013
  6. ^ Brusatte, S. L., Butler R. J., Mateus O., & Steyer S. J. (2015). A new species of Metoposaurus from the Late Triassic of Portugal and comments on the systematics and biogeography of metoposaurid temnospondyls. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, e912988., 2015
  7. ^ "Website of the city council about the Loulé World Cup Trampoline". Retrieved 2014-11-02. 

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