Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (Portuguese pronunciation: [fiˈɣɐjɾɐ ðɨ kɐʃˈtɛlu ʁuˈðɾiɣu] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in the District of Guarda in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 6,260,[1] in an area of 508.57 km².[2] Located in the Riba Coa (near the River Coa), just like other municipalities around Riba Coa, such as Almeida, Meda, Pinhel and Sabugal. Known for its castle which is a listed National monument, as well as pine-wood forests and rolling hills.

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
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Coordinates: 40°53′N 6°57′W / 40.883°N 6.950°W / 40.883; -6.950Coordinates: 40°53′N 6°57′W / 40.883°N 6.950°W / 40.883; -6.950
Country Portugal
RegionCentro
Intermunic. comm.Beiras e Serra da Estrela
DistrictGuarda
Parishes10
Government
 • PresidentPaulo Langrouva (PS)
Area
 • Total508.57 km2 (196.36 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total6,260
 • Density12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)
Local holidayJuly 7
Websitehttp://www.cm-fcr.pt

The municipality borders the frontier with Spain, formed by the Águeda River, a tributary of the Douro, which it joins at Barca D'Alva, approximately 18 km north of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo town.

The present Mayor is Paulo Langrouva, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is July 7.

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo figures in José Saramago's 2008 novel The Elephant's Journey.[3]

ParishesEdit

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 10 civil parishes (freguesias):[4]

  • Algodres, Vale de Alfonsinho e Vilar de Amargo
  • Almofala e Escarigo
  • Castelo Rodrigo
  • Cinco Vilas e Reigada
  • Colmeal e Vilar Torpim
  • Escalhão
  • Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
  • Freixeda do Torrão, Quintã de Pêro Martins e Penha da Águia
  • Mata de Lobos
  • Vermiosa

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística Archived November 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país". Archived from the original on 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  3. ^ José Saramago, The Elephant's Journey, (translated by Margaret Jull Costa), Harvil Secker, London, 2010.
  4. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 50" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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