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Figueira da Foz
Figueira da Foz is a Portuguese city in the district of Coimbra, located in the central region and sub-region of Baixo Mondego and located at the mouth of the river Mondego with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second largest city in the district, with about 28 000 inhabitants. It is known for being considered the "Queen of the Silver Coast" for its extensive beaches. Recently Cabo Mondego, a promontory in the Serra da Boa Viagem on the outskirts of Figueira da Foz, was declared a National Natural Monument.
Its nickname, Queen of the Beaches, leaves no doubt as to the main attraction of Figueira da Foz. True to its shape, the summer months make its long stretches of golden sand attract swarms of beach lovers who come swimming, surf or simply absorb the seemingly average rays of Figueira.

The name of Figueira da Foz itself, which translates as 'fig tree at the mouth of the river' and inspired many local legends, informs us of the location of the city where the river Mondego flows into the sea. A legend tells us that the fig tree in question was the one that stood at the water's edge and to which fishermen from ancient times attached their boats. The picturesque quality of this scenery is further enhanced by the green hills of the Serra da Boa Viagem, from which abounding stunning views of the scenery abound.

Despite today's tanned crowds, the pinnacle of Figueira's popularity as a resort in the middle of the last century's war period, however, one of its most prominent and important characteristics dates well before that. The Grand Casino, one of the largest in the country, was built in the late 19th century and still houses games, shows and dances.

There are bullfights in the height of summer in the traditional bullring and for those with energy in the summer sun, windsurfing is very popular here as well. Nearby, the old castle on the slope of Montemor-o-Velho makes a visit to this sweet little town that is worth it. In addition, Buarcos is a small unexplored fishing village, north of Figueira da Foz, for those who want something quiet.
Figueira da Foz is a municipality of tourism and services, but also agriculture, agro-livestock, fish farms, stone extraction, wood industry, metal-mechanics and rice husking. In the Municipality of Figueira da Foz is produced a variety of handicraft objects, namely lace, embroidery. Of its typical dishes are the following specialties: Caldeira and Sardinhadas. Regarding the typical desserts we have the "Papas de Moado" and the Brisas.
Figueira da Foz has a Mediterranean climate of type Csb according to the climatic classification of Köppen-Geiger. In winter, temperatures range between 7 ° C and 14 ° C rarely falling below 0 ° C, while in summer temperatures range from 15 ° C to 25 ° C and can exceed 35 ° C in heat waves. The annual average temperature is around 15 ° C while the average annual rainfall is about 600 mm. The seawater temperature varies between 14-15 ° C in January and February and between 18-19 ° C in August and September. In winter weather tends to be unstable while in summer the dry and sunny weather can be interrupted by cloudy or even rainy days. In the summer, and especially during the afternoon, late day and early evening, the wind tends to blow moderate (sometimes strong) northwest.
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