Guia (Albufeira)

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Guia
Civil parish

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Guia
Coordinates: 37°07′34″N8°17′56″W / 37.126°N 8.299°W / 37.126; -8.299 Coordinates: 37°07′34″N8°17′56″W / 37.126°N 8.299°W / 37.126; -8.299
Country Portugal
Region Algarve
Intermunic. comm. Algarve
District Faro
Municipality Albufeira
Area
  Total 26.80 km2 (10.35 sq mi)
Population (2011)
  Total 4,376
  Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Postal code8200
Area code 289
Patron Nossa Senhora da Visitação

Guia is a civil parish in the Portuguese municipality of Albufeira in the Algarve, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the coast. The population in 2011 was 4,376, [1] in an area of 26.80 km². [2]

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History

Oral tradition suggest that the name came from the erection of the hermitage to Nossa Senhora da Guia, where the Virgin appeared to the people. Ecclesiastical records from the Bishop of the Algarve indicate that owing to the sanctuary, the parish was created in 1617.

Geography

This old settlement is located on the flank of a short mount, the Cerro de São Sebastião, with expansion occurring in the second quarter of 20th century. Among the more important localities of the parish of the settlements of Vale Parra, Vale Rabelho, Montes Juntos, Vale Verde, Cortelhas, Vale da Ursa, Tavagueira and Álamos.

The nearest beaches are Laurenco and Gale.

Economy

The tourist attraction of Zoomarine, a water and marine theme park

The population of the parish has maintained an agricultural tradition, based on a rural society, producing fig, carob, almond, vineyards, wheat, barley and rye, in addition to many legumes.

Guia is also home to Algarve Shopping, a large shopping centre with hypermarket, Continente, and a 9 screen cinema.

The village of Guia is home to "Zoomarine" a theme park with a primary aim; to educate about the seas and the wildlife within them.

It is known for its numerous chicken piri-piri restaurants, and is known locally as "The Capital of Chicken"; the very first chicken piri-piri was supposedly grilled here in 1974, by José Carlos Ramires, whose eponymous restaurant is still open today. Situated on the N125 (the principal east to west road on the Algarve with the exception of the A22 Motorway) it is a busy but nevertheless attractive place.

Architecture

Military

Religious

References

  1. Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país
  3. Fernandes, Paulo (2002), SIPA, ed., Torre Velha (PT050801020016) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 5 April 2012
  4. Lameira, Francisco (1998), SIPA, ed., Igreja de São Sebastião (PT050801020010) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 5 April 2012
  5. Lameira, Francisco (1998), SIPA, ed., Igreja Paroquial da Guia/Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Visitação (PT050801020009) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 5 April 2012
  6. Lameira, Francisco (1998), SIPA, ed., Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Guia (PT050801020008) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 5 April 2012