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Fundão

The city of Fundão is an important local centre of industry and services, mainly micro and SMEs. Around it lies some of the most fertile land in the region, in a large valley (Cova da Beira) between the Gardunha and Estrela hills, where the Zêzere River starts its way towards the Tagus.

The most significant productions are cherries, peaches, olive oil, wine, wood pulp and vegetables. Some of the most important wolframite mines in the world (a mineral source for the element tungsten) are explored within its municipal limits.

Other important mines extract lead and tin. High quality mineral water is bottled from several sources. The Industrial area developed various industries and trades of interest to the national level as the transformation of wood, granite, glass and a special investment in the French and Swiss industries of polished pieces of swatch and jewellery, the textile fabrics have also great importance.

In this region there are several hotels and restaurants with touristic relevance. In the areas of innovation and high technology consulting, communication and information technologies, internationally and nationally renowned companies came to settle in Fundão, after 2012, as the Innovation Plan for Fundão was presented and managed to make the city more attractive over a short time.

The geographical reality of the Municipality of Fundão covers a set of 23 parishes, with an approximate area of 701.65 Km2 and a population around 30000 inhabitants (15000 in the city) and integrates them into the designated region of Cova da Beira that, although its peripheral position on the national context, has had an increasing and undisputed ability to uptake and to attract investment through the specificities of its economy, through interventions in the field of infrastructure and equipment, for its functional organic structure which enables convergence of fields of knowledge as teaching with agriculture, tourism with energy, combining solutions in the regional context that affects the national scenarios and propagates a transnational horizon.

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