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Covilha

Covilhã is a sheltring city in the centre of Portugal, wich combines a millenary history to a social performance, full of contemporaneousness and future. The city has the distinction of being one of the main urban center of the country while it is 20km from the highest peak of continental Portugal. Located at the base of Serra da Estrela, turning east, one may discover a beautifull urban landscape, leaning on a grand amphitheatre of mountains, which involve the river Zêzere valley. This particular location makes Covilhã the ‘Mountain City’ of Portugal, in which, besides the clean and pure air as well the richness of natural sceneries. The local offer extends to tradicional products like Serra da Estrela’s cheese, sweets and a wide variety of wines and wollen goods. Covilhã is a city filled with life, constantly animated by social events and an exquisite and intense nightlife with discoteques and bars spread all along the city. With a great industrial tradition, the City has a working culture accustomed to hight quality demand standards, and a keystone linked to Municipal Council compromised with diversity and quality.It is a city which bet every resource in health, culture, sports, investiment, enterprising and quality of life.For further information, please visit our website:   Local coordinatorMrs Cristina MAXIMINOSocial cohesion assistantPhone: +351 27 53 10 690Mail:
The city has to face an aging population and a demographic stagnation problem, a progressive degradation of the region (air pollution and high noise levels increasing), as well as degradation with social and economical  abandonment of the ancient historic urban areas, and an increasing social maladjustment and problems of social integration in housing estates.
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