Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Vagos
|Coordinates: 40°33′N 8°40′W / 40.550°N 8.667°WCoordinates: 40°33′N 8°40′W / 40.550°N 8.667°W|
|Intermunic. comm.||Região de Aveiro|
|• President||Rui Cruz (PSD)|
|• Total||164.92 km2 (63.68 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (360/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)|
Vagos (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvaɣuʃ]) is a town and a municipality in Aveiro District, belonging to Centro Region of Portugal. The district capital which goes by the same name, Aveiro, is the nearest largest city to Vagos. The population in 2011 was 22,851, in an area of 164.92 km². It had 17,204 eligible voters.
In Roman times, the municipality was then called "Vacus" and it had both ocean and large sand dune valleys situated just east of the town center. Increase in sedimentation and sand drifts have leveled and lengthened this distance. Antonio Gomes da Rocha Madail and other writers state that there is tradition among the native population that they are descendents of the seafaring salt farmers from Phoenicia.
Due to the fertile soils, agriculture plays a major role in the economy of the municipality and consequently in its prosperity. The green meadows bring about exceptional conditions for the breeding of cattle and production of milk at a national level. The forest areas and the production of vegetables are another source of richness for the municipality. In the industrial sector, ceramics are the predominant money-maker.
The present Mayor is Rui Miguel Rocha Cruz, elected by the Social Democratic Party.
|Population of Vagos Municipality (1801–2011)|
Cities and towns
- Sosa (town)
- Vagos (town)
Administratively, the municipality is divided into 8 civil parishes (freguesias):
- Fonte de Angeão e Covão do Lobo
- Gafanha da Boa Hora
- Ponte de Vagos e Santa Catarina
- Santo André de Vagos
- Vagos e Santo António
- Manuel Freire, born on 25 April 1942, Portuguese singer and composer.
- Associação Desportiva de Vagos, women's basketball club founded in 1994.
- Vagos Open Air, metal festival since 2009.