Cantanhede (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐ̃tɐˈɲeðɨ] ) is a city and municipality in the Coimbra District, in the Centro Region, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 36,595,[1] in an area of 390.88 km2.[2]

Flag of Cantanhede
Coat of arms of Cantanhede
Coordinates: 40°21′N 8°35′W / 40.350°N 8.583°W / 40.350; -8.583
Country Portugal
Intermunic. comm.Região de Coimbra
 • PresidentJoão Moura (PSD)
 • Total390.88 km2 (150.92 sq mi)
 • Total36,595
 • Density94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)

Location edit

Cantanhede is located in the Coimbra District, in the Baixo Mondego subregion of the Centro Region, halfway between the cities of Coimbra and Aveiro, in Portugal.

This small town is located just 25 km from the very popular beaches of Mira and Tocha on the Atlantic coast.

History edit

The name "Cantanhede" comes from the Celtic cant, which means "great stone", and refers to the quarries in the region. It was the original Cantonieti, mentioned in the documentation of the centuries 11th, 12th and 13th also with the spellings Cantoniedi, Cantonidi and Cantonetu.

Its first historical references dating back to 1087, date on which Sisnando Davides, governor of Coimbra, provided the village with fortification and promoted its repopulation.

With a well-preserved urban area elevated to city (cidade) status by the Lei n.º 69/91, de 16 de Agosto in August 1991, and being home to a number of large and elegant houses, dating back to the 19th century, Cantanhede was granted foral in 1514 by the king Manuel I of Portugal.[3]

Economy edit

Traditionally a major agriculture center, Cantanhede is at the heart of the Bairrada DOC which produces famed wines. The town is home to Biocant Park,[4] a biotechnology park. This park is attracting biosciences companies to Cantanhede, and has the scientific background of the University of Coimbra and Aveiro University, both associated entities of the project.

Cantanhede was growing fast, and the inauguration of the C.C. Rossio (local shopping center) helped to boost the area's economy. EXPOFACIC - Feira Agrícola, Comercial e Industrial de Cantanhede, a trade fair, agricultural show and festival, is a major event in the region and is organized every year in July, attracting thousands of visitors to Cantanhede.

Parishes edit

The municipality is subdivided into the following parishes:[5]

Famous people edit

References edit

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ Eurostat Archived October 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ (in Portuguese) O concelho de Cantanhede Archived September 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Freguesia de Covões
  4. ^ Biocant Park,
  5. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 32" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 10 July 2014.

External links edit

Typical meal in Cantanhede featuring cheese, enchidos and local sparkling wine.