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Figueira da Foz

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Figueira da Foz is a municipality of the district of Coimbra, in Portugal. It is located at the mouth of the Mondego river, 40 kilometers west of Coimbra and sheltered by the Serra mountain da Boa Viagem. The municipality has about 62,601 inhabitants and an area of 378.21 square kilometers. It is a coastal city with several beaches, summer and seaport facilities in the Atlantic Ocean coast. As a city of tourism it plays a significant part in the centre of the country.

Some historical traces show that people were settling in this region since the neolithic age. Discovered as a sea resort by the end of the 19th century, Figueira da Foz gained great reputation in the 1920‘s and 1930‘s. The city had the Potuguese nickname of Rainha das Praias which means Queen of the Beaches. The city is an important industrial centre, producing wood pulp and paper. Figueira da Foz is the kind of town you daydream about. It is an attractive city with natural beauty and historical places, while traveling in Europe.

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