Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal

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Vila Franca de Xira Portugal

Vila Franca de Xira is a municipality in the Lisbon District in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 136,886, in an area of 318.19 km². Situated on the west bank of the Tagus River, 32 km north-east of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, Vila Franca de Xira is said to have been founded by French followers of Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, around 1200. The town is mostly famous for its bull-running festivals in July and October. Bulls are raised in the salty marshlands of the Ribatejo, which is also a notable breeding ground for the magnificent Lusitano horse, esteemed for its quick reflexes and maneuverability.
Recommended airport
Lisboa Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Nearby destinations
  • Lisbon a 27.86 km
  • Estoril a 44.18 km
  • Setubal a 49.90 km
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