Pedrógão Grande (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɨˈðɾɔɣɐ̃w ˈɡɾɐ̃dɨ]; Proto-Celtic: *Pendraganum) is a municipality in the district of Leiria in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 3,915 in an area of 128.75 km2 (49.71 sq mi).
|Subregion||Pinhal Interior Norte|
|Intermunic. comm.||Região de Leiria|
|• President||João Marques (PSD)|
|• Total||128.75 km2 (49.71 sq mi)|
|• Density||30/km2 (79/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)|
The town itself has fewer than 2,000 inhabitants, with the remaining population living in several small villages surrounded by forests. The town center contains historical provincial gentry housing. The earliest town charter dates to 1206, when rights to hold a market were conceded by Afonso Pedro, natural son of Afonso II of Portugal; however, the current municipality was established only in 1898. The present mayor is Valdemar Gomes Fernandes Alves, an independent elected in 2013 by the Social Democratic Party. The municipal holiday is July 24.
The municipality is located in a large region of granite and shale in the basin of the Zêzere and Unhais rivers and the streams of Pêra and Mega, currently enlarged by the reservoirs of two large dams: Cabril and Bouçã. It has a typical Mediterranean climate: winters are cold, the summers dry and torrid. The reservoirs have affected the local climate, making it more gentle. These waters are rich in fisheries including black bass, barbo, and boga.
Bridge over Zêzere river (IC8)
- Pedrógão Grande
- Vila Facaia
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