Zambujeira do Mar

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Zambujeira do Mar
Zambujeira do Mar is a Portuguese parish of the county of Odemira, with 42.96 km ² of area. Density: 21.2 inhab / km². The parish was elevated on June 30, 1989 (it belonged before to the parish of São Teotónio), being the smallest of the county.

Its coast, integrated in the Natural Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, is surrounded by cliffs and small beaches that, outside the high tourist season, are paradises used by few. In addition to the central beach of Zambujeira, the beaches of Alteirinhos, Nossa Senhora, Arquinha and Tonel stand out.

The main activity is tourism, but agriculture, livestock and fishing are also important, housing one of the four ports of the county (called the "Entrada da Barca"). In recent years, rural tourism has grown, with a handful of quality developments around the village.

In August the three major events of the Zambezi calendar are held: in the first half of the month, the Southwest Festival, the largest of the country's summer music festivals, located a few kilometers from the village; on August 15, the religious festivities and procession dedicated to the local patroness, Our Lady of the Sea; on August 29, the annual fair.

The collectivity of the land, the Zambujeirense Recreational and Cultural Association, carries out various leisure, cultural and sports activities.
Perched on a high cliff is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the area.
Like all the others, it is flanked by small beaches, both north and south, providing excellent shelters for those who want to avoid the agitation of the main beaches and enjoy moments of true relaxation and contact with nature in its purest state.
It is a guarded beach, with good conditions for surfing and bodyboarding.
In Zambujeira, fresh fish and seafood have a constant presence at the table. Of the fish they stand out the sargo, the snapper, the sea bass, the gilthead and the safias. As for shellfish, you have a lot to choose from, but do not forget to try the perceve, navalheiras, mussels, lobster, sea snails or santolas.

You can start the meal with the cheeses and sausages of the region, accompanying a slice of the famous Alentejo bread. Some of the typical dishes include fish soup, beldroegas soup, fish stew, búzios feijoada, seafood açorda and appetizing seafood rice. The meat dishes are not to be missed: try the cabidela chicken, the migas with pork fried, the feijoada de hare or the bean rice with fried entrecosto. In the sweets, do not forget to taste the alcomonias, cake made with pine nuts, flour and honey.
It has a warm and temperate climate. In winter there is much more rainfall in Zambujeira do Mar than in the summer.
According to Köppen and Geiger the climate classification is Csa. 16.8 ° C is the average temperature in Zambujeira do Mar.
It has an average annual rainfall of 524 mm.

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