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Município de Matinhos
The Municipality of Matinhos
Flag of Matinhos
Official seal of Matinhos
Nickname(s): A Namorada do Paraná
Location of Matinhos in the Paraná
Location of Matinhos in the Paraná
Matinhos is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 25°49′S 48°32′W / 25.817°S 48.533°W / -25.817; -48.533Coordinates: 25°49′S 48°32′W / 25.817°S 48.533°W / -25.817; -48.533
Country  Brazil
Region South
State Bandeira do Paraná.svg Paraná
Founded June 12, 1967
 • Total 117.064 km2 (45.199 sq mi)
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 29,831
 • Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)

Matinhos is a municipality in Brazil that arose in 1920s. It is considered the "Girlfriend of Paraná" as the date of its emancipation was June 12, Lovers' Day in Brazil.


The colonization of Matinhos started in the mid-19th century, when the carijó Indians used to live in the coastal part of Paraná, discovered in 1820 by a French explorer named Augustin Saint-Hilaire. The first name was Matinho, after a river in town, and the first colonists were Portuguese and Italians, who founded an agricultural colony.

In 1927 was inaugurated the "sea road", connecting Paranaguá and Praia de Leste (Pontal do Paraná), that brought a lot of families, mostly German, including the family of Augusto Blitzkow, responsible for the urbanization of Caiobá.

In August 1931 the region received a visit from the governor of Paraná, Carlos Cavalcanti, who went from Paranaguá to Caiobá in a waggon.

On January 27, 1951, by law n.613, Matinhos became a district belonging to Paranaguá, and on June 12, 1967, it became a municipality, no longer attached to Paranaguá.

The municipality contains the 1,660 hectares (4,100 acres) Rio da Onça State Park, created in 1984.[1] It contains 1% of the 199,587 hectares (493,190 acres) Guaratuba Environmental Protection Area, created in 1992.[2]

Flag and anthem[edit]

In 1970 Professor Arcioné Antonio Peixoto Farias created the town's flag and coat of arms, which on March 13, 1970, under the law n.35/70, became official. In the 1970s Francisco Pereira da Silva wrote the lyrics of a song for Matinhos, and Angelo Antonélo composed the music.


  1. ^ Parque Estadual Florestal do Rio da Onça (Matinhos) (in Portuguese), Prefeitura Municipal de Matinhos, retrieved 2016-11-18
  2. ^ APA Guaratuba (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Socioambiental, retrieved 2016-11-19