Vila Nova de Poiares


In Artisans Lands… Looking Into the Future

Vila Nova de Poiares is located at the surroundings of Lousã’s Mountain; it has big forest areas and places with a great landscape beauty where escarpments predominate.

Handicraft is the ex-libris of these lands and people, but besides this deeply rooted cultural patrimony, the municipality has other treasurers revealed on the many commercial and industrial companies.

At the town’s heart, the Mother Church and the pleasant garden lead the houses that grew around it. In Alto de São Pedro Dias we can feel the wind’s whisper while we enjoy the fabulous landscape and in Fraga, a swimming pool for the summer’s days. In Medas, perfectly framed in the ambiance, a leisure zone invites to picnics and to the contact with nature.

Facts about Vila Nova de Poiares




83,82 km²


7 061 inhab. ( 2001)

Population Density (inhab./ km²)


Surface (km2)


Civil Parishes

4 [Arrifana, Lavegadas, Vila Nova de Poiares (Sto. André) and S. Miguel]




Pinhal Interior Norte



Old Province

Beira Litoral

Geographic Situation

North: Penacova East: Arganil Southeast: Góis South: Lousã Southwest: Miranda do Corvo West: Coimbra

Main Water Resources

Rivers Mondego and ALva

Coat of Arms and Flag
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Famous Persons
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Dr. Daniel de Matos (1850-1921) Dr. Daniel de Matos (1850-1921)

Born in the village of Ferreira. Graduated in Medicine and he became a famous doctor, namely in the fight against Tuberculosis. He was also Rector at Coimbra’s University.

Comendador José Joaquim Ferreira Born in 1842, in Aldeia Nova. He immigrated to Brazil when he was a child, he dedicated himself to commerce and he made a fortune with this business. Philanthropic of the municipality to whom is due the founds raising for the construction of the local health care centre.

D. Maria Júlia Ferrão Castelo-Branco
Philanthropic of the municipality. Founded in 1959 the “Casa de Trabalho da Nossa Senhora das Necessidades”. It was a “Virtues School” meant for the rural young women, where they were taught sewing, lace-making and embroidery, decoration, gastronomy, nursing, house economics, good taste and moral values. She founded also the Sopa Infantil, an institution meant to create and maintain a cafeteria that supplied food, clothes, books, medical assistance and medications to the poor children of Vila Nova de Poiares.