SANTA MARIA E SANTIAGO

Santa Maria e Santiago is a civil parish in the municipality of Tavira, Portugal. It was formed in 2013 by the merger of the former parishes Santa Maria and Santiago. The population in 2011 was 15,133, in an area of 147.99 km².

The main activities in these parishes are commerce, tourism and services, in the city and, in the interior, agriculture.

The traditional cuisine is presented in a vast menu of seafood and fish dishes. Although, gastronomic specialties like corn with fried bread, fried bacon or shellfish, along with regional sweets, like the Tavira puff pastries, stars and fig sweets, morgados, Dom Rodrigos or the almond and carob cakes, make everyone’s delights.

As for the handicraft, it is essentially the tinware, even if in the mountains they make baskets in cane and wicker, as well as chairs in board.

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