Covilhã


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Covilhã

(ko͝ovēlyəN`), town (1991 pop. 22,028), E central Portugal, in Beira Baixa. It had a famous fair in medieval times and is still a trade center as well as a textile milling town. It is one of the few winter sports resorts in Portugal.
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Covilhã

 

a city in Portugal in the southern spurs of the Serra da Estrêla in Beira Baixa Province, in the district of Castelo Branco. Population, 23,000 (1960). It is a wool-processing center. The site of annual fairs, Covilhā is a tourist center; various types of winter sports are popular in the mountains and in the Zezere valley.

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