Odemira

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Odemira
Igreja de São Teotónio
Igreja de São Teotónio
Flag of Odemira
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Coat of arms of Odemira
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LocalOdemira.svg
Coordinates: 37°35′N 8°38′W / 37.583°N 8.633°W / 37.583; -8.633Coordinates: 37°35′N 8°38′W / 37.583°N 8.633°W / 37.583; -8.633
Country Portugal
RegionAlentejo
Intermunic. comm.Alentejo Litoral
DistrictBeja
Parishes13
Government
 • PresidentJosé Alberto Guerreiro (PS)
Area
 • Total1,720.60 km2 (664.33 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total26,066
 • Density15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)
Local holiday8 September
Websitehttp://www.cm-odemira.pt

Odemira (Portuguese pronunciation: [oðɨˈmiɾɐ] or [ɔðɨˈmiɾɐ] (About this soundlisten)) is a town and a municipality in Beja District in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. The population in 2011 was 26,066,[1] in an area of 1720.60 km², making it the largest municipality of Portugal by area.[2]

It is famous for its wild beaches and for being home to a significant Dutch and German community. The village of Zambujeira do Mar is home to the Festival do Sudoeste, one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe.

The municipality of Odemira has great agricultural potential, specially in the western area of the region, and is home to major operations of important agricultural companies like Vitacress, world leader in the salad market.

The present Mayor is José Alberto Guerreiro, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is 8 September.

Parishes[edit]

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 13 civil parishes (freguesias):[3]

Notable people[edit]

  • Pedro Damiano (1480–1544) a Portuguese chess player and pharmacist by profession
  • Pedro de Almada Pereira (1835 in Odemira – 1911) an Alentejan landowner, schoolmaster and journalist, founded the periodical O Campo de Ourique

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Relíquias, altitude: 244 m (801 ft)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average precipitation mm (inches) 99
(3.9)
90
(3.5)
79
(3.1)
70
(2.8)
46
(1.8)
15
(0.6)
3
(0.1)
3
(0.1)
26
(1.0)
71
(2.8)
96
(3.8)
109
(4.3)
707
(27.8)
Source: Portuguese Environment Agency[4]

Population[edit]

Odemira Municipality's population (1801–2011)
1801 1849 1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2004 2011
6390 11 669 20 489 32 541 43 999 29 463 26 418 26 106 25 738 26 066

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ "Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país". Archived from the original on 5 November 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, pages 552 81-82" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Monthly Precipitation Relíquias". APA. Retrieved 4 June 2021.

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