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Town Twinning

Quelimane (Mozambique)

349,842 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 2000

Quelimane is the capital and largest city in the province of Zambezia, in Mozambique. Located on the “Rio do Bons Sinais” (River of Good Signs), around 20 kilometres away from the Indian Ocean, some of the city’s main economic activities are maritime trading and fishing.

Quelimane was an important trading centre when the Portuguese arrived there in 1498, during Vasco da Gama’s first voyage to India.

The importance of the city is also reflected in its size, with a large hospital, two cathedrals, a mosque and a public university.

Tordesilhas (Spain)

8,858 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 1994

It is located on a hillside along the banks of the river Douro in the region of Castile and Leon, 188 kilometres to the north of Madrid, and was declared Artistic Historic Heritage in 1977.

One of its most significant historic landmarks was the signing of the Treaty of Torsedillas between the kingdoms of Castile and Portugal, on 7 June 1494, which established the division of the lands that were discovered by the two nations following their maritime expeditions. This historical fact is behind the town twinning, which was established on 5 September 1994, the date of the fifth centenary of the Portuguese ratifying the treaty, signed in the Convent of Jesus in Setúbal.

Safi (Morocco)

311,201 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 1990

Safi is a coastal city in Western Morocco, in the region of Doukkala-Abda, 245 kilometres south-west of Casablanca. Between 1508 and 1541, the Portuguese commanded this area which went down in history as the stronghold of Safim.

Nowadays it is an industrial and port city, where a large part of the Moroccan phosphate fertiliser industry is concentrated; Morocco is the world’s leading exporter of these products.  It is also known for being the main sardine fishing port in Morocco, as well as for its traditional artisan and industrial ceramics. Agricultural production also has great economic relevance, employing half of the region’s population.

Beauvais  (France)

100,733 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 1982

Beauvais is a town located in the north of France, and is the capital of the Oise department. It is just 80 kilometres away from Paris.

The town is known for the Saint Pierre Cathedral (Gothic) and for Jeanne Hachette, the French heroine who prevented the city from being conquered by the Burgundians. Beauvais is also famous for its tapestry.

A French couple who were on holiday in Setúbal in the 1950s had the idea of twinning the two cities.

Pau (France)

81,166 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 1991

Pau is a French town located in the Atlantic Pyrenees region, 100 kilometres away from the sea and 50 kilometres away from the mountains.

It is a university city with several industrial plants and large research centres in the areas of oil, chemistry and petrochemistry industries, agribusiness, mechanics, aerospace engineering and IT.

Porto Seguro (Brazil)

141,006 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 2000

Porto Seguro is located in the far south of Bahia in Brazil, covering an area of around 2,400 km2.

Porto Seguro is where the Portuguese first set foot in Brazil back in 1500.

It is considered a paradise that combines history, entertainment, culture, art and natural beauty in one of the most important tourism spots in Brazil. It has 90 kilometres of beaches protected by coral reefs, rivers, streams, coconut trees and a lush Atlantic forest.

Debrecen (Hungary)

205,000 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 2000

Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and the capital of the Hajdú-Bihar county. It is located in the Great Hungarian Plain, almost 200 kilometres west of Budapest.

Since the 16th century, this city has been one of the most important cultural centres in Hungary. It is also famous for the Flower Festival which is held there every year in August. It is home to one of the most important universities in Europe – the University of Debrecen (Debreceni Egyetem).

Leiria (Portugal)

63,000 inhabitants – Twinned with Setúbal in 2000

Leiria is a young city – it’s urban, modern and cosmopolitan

With a thriving economy, low unemployment rates and a vibrant culture, this city has become a popular destination for people to visit during holidays, but also to settle down.

This municipality has a varied cuisine and recognised traditions. The city’s castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Incarnation are evidence of its rich history.

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