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Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha is a city (cidade) and municipality (município) / "council" (concelho) in Portugal. The name can be translated as "Queen's Hot Springs", "Queen's Spa" or "Queen's Thermal Waters".

Table of contents
1 History
2 Law/Government
3 Geography
4 Economy
5 Demographics
6 Sites of Interest
7 Colleges/Universities
8 Sports Teams
9 Notable Natives
10 External Links


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Fernando José da Costa is the president of the Câmara Municipal (the "city council"), equivalent to a mayor in U.S. cities. Luis Manuel Monteiro Ribeiro is the president of the Assembleia Municipal (the "municipal assembly").


Caldas da Rainha is located at 39.40°N latitde 9.13°W longitde. The municipality comprises an area of 256.0 km2. The city is located approximately 82 km north of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Although the municipality borders the Atlantic Ocean, the city proper is about 10 km from the ocean. Caldas da Rainha is in the district of Leiria, the region of Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, and the province of Estremadura. (Provinces are historical, no longer political or administrative.)

List of Freguesias

The municipality comprises sixteen freguesias. They are:

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatística - Portugal
FreguesiaPopulationArea (hectares)
Carvalhal Benfeito1,3391,408
Foz do Arelho1,223995
Nossa Senhora do Pópulo14,4531,210
Salir de Matos2,4282,429
Salir do Porto770991
Santa Catarina3,2821,994
Santo Onofre10,775911
São Gregório9071,442
Serra do Bouro7201,798

Nossa Senhora do Pópulo and Santo Onofre belong to the city proper; the other fourteen are the "rural freguesias".


There are 1,587 business firms in the municipality. 4% are in the primary sector (agriculture), 22.6% are in the secondary sector (manufacturing) and 73.4% are in the tertiary sector (services).

There are 30 banking institutions, with deposits totaling €518,683,400.

49% of the population is employed, while 6.5% are unemployed. (The remainder are too young, are retired or do not otherwise participate in the workforce.)

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatística - Portugal


As of the 2001 census, there are 48,846 inhabitants in the municipality. This represents a 13.1% increase over the 1991 population of 43,205.

Of current inhabitants, 23,483 (48.1%) are male and 25,363 (51.9%) are female. Inhabitants aged 14 and under number 7,666 (15.7%), those aged 15 to 24 number 6,509 (13.3%), those aged 25 to 64 number 25,867 (53.0%) and those aged 65 and over number 8,804 (18.0%).

The popluation density is 191.9 inhabitants/km2.

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatística - Portugal

Sites of Interest

Beaches and Water


Parks and Plazas


Sports Teams

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Notable Natives

External Links

Official Web Site

General Interest



Secondary Schools