Santa Clara-a-Velha is a civil parish in the municipality of Odemira in Alentejo, Portugal and has a population of around five hundred inhabitants and covers an area of 163 square kilometres. Under European directives in 2013 it was formed by merging the two former parishes of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Pereiras-Gare. The Santa Clara Dam (Barragem de Santa Clara), is one of the largest dams in Europe and the second largest in Portugal.
In the XIX century Santa Clara-a-Velha belonged to the District of Ourique, before being annexed and becoming part of the District of Odemira and it was the Order of Santiago that authorised the construction of a hermitage which was the origin of Santa Clara and church which was the Order’s mark. There is also an important medieval road that passes the village which commences in Garvao and finishes in the Algarve.
The local economy is based around cattle breeding, forestry, tourism and small commercial services.
Places to visit;
Church – Igreja de Santa Clara de Assis
Dam – Barragem de Santa Clara
Bridge – Ponte D. Maria or Ponte de Santa Clara-a-Velha
Spring – Fonte do Azinhal
Local areas include;
Corte Brique, Cortes Pereiras, Gaviao, Fitos, Pereiras-Gare.
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