Palmela Municipality

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Template: Infobox city in Portugal / maintenance / management location is empty Template: Infobox city in Portugal / Maintenance / Web page is blank Palmela is a town ( Vila ) in Portugal. The county ( concelho ) of Palmela is part of the district of Setúbal and has 17,352 inhabitants (as of 30 June 2011).


The first settlement of the area of Palmela and the hill is at today, the Castelo de Palmela, goes back to the period of the Neolithic ( Neoliticum ), which several archaeological finds prove. Other findings confirm that Palmela is called by 310 BC as a Roman settlement. In the period around 106 AD resided in Palmela an administrator of the Roman Lusitania, named Aulio Cornélio (or Aulio Cornélio Palma). After the settlement was destroyed by the attacks of the Visigoths. In the period 800-1198, the Moors lived on the site of today Castelo de Palmela and first fortifications had been built there.

The most famous building of Palmela is the Castelo de Palmela, which with a chapel to the Order of Santiago after the reconquest from the Moors in 1205 can be attributed in the first expansion. Today in this castle a wonderful Pousada is housed. From here you have a good view of the coast at Setúbal, the nature Arrábida. In good weather, the view extends to the suburbs of the capital Lisbon.

In April 2014 Orienteering Championships will take place in 2014 in and around Palmela.


Among the numerous monuments Pamela are a number of historic houses and public buildings, and some religious buildings, such as the three-nave Gothic- Manueline church of Santiago, the Igreja de Santiago de Palmela from the 15th century. The historical town center as a whole is a listed building. In the village of green areas as the Parque Venâncio Ribeiro da Costa.

In the district of Aldeia de Cima (municipality Quinta do Anjo ), the four rock domed tombs of Palmela from the Copper and Bronze Ages.


The circle

Palmela is the seat of the homonymous district. The neighboring districts are (clockwise starting from the north ): Benavente, Montijo, Vendas Novas, Alcácer do Sal, Setubal, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo and Alcochete again.

The following parishes ( freguesias ) are in the county Palmela:

  • Marateca
  • Palmela
  • Pinhal Novo
  • Poceirão
  • Quinta do Anjo



  • Cape Verde Cape Verde: São Filipe (since 1996)
  • Portugal: Santiago do Cacém (since 1997)
  • Spain: Jávea (since 1999)

In addition, cooperation agreements exist with the places Barcarrota ( Spain, 1998 ) and Praia ( Cape Verde Cape Verde, since 2002).

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Garcia de Meneses († 1484 ), bishop of Évora
  • Hernandogildo Augusto de Brito Capello (1841-1917), officer, explorer and governor of Angola
  • Octávio Machado ( b. 1949 ), former football player and current coach
  • Jorge Salgueiro (born 1969 ), musician and composer