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Coordinates: 37513N 251559W

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Achada is a civil parish in the

municipality Nordeste on the Achada
island of So Miguel in the Civil Parish
Azores. The population in 2011
was 436,[1] in an area of

1 History
2 Economy Miradouro da Baleia (English: Belvadere of the
3 Culture Whale), Santana, showing the parish of Achada
in the distance
3.1 Festivities
4 References Ocial name: Freguesia da Achada
Name origin: Portuguese for atland

Country Portugal
History Autonomous Region Azores
Island So Miguel
Municipality Nordeste

Center Achada
-elevation 194m (636ft)
-coordinates 37513N 251559W
Highest point Fajs
-elevation 951m (3,120ft)
-coordinates 37480N 251418W

Area 11.89km2 (5sqmi)

The front facade of the
-urban .25km2 (0sqmi)
parochial church of Nossa
Senhora da Anunciao, Population 436(2011)
Achada, So Miguel Density 37/km2 (96/sqmi)

The area known as Achada, once LAU Junta Freguesia

referred to as Achada Grande, -location Rua do Ramal 13,
was originally populated in the
rst have of the 16th century. Its -elevation 190m (623ft)
name was derived from the -coordinates 37518N 251559W
Portuguese phrase terra President Junta Paulo Manuel
Medeiros Franco
achanada which means atland
and was rst mentioned by the Timezone Azores (UTC-1)
historian Father Gaspar Frutuoso -summer (DST) Azores (UTC0)

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in Saudades da Terra. These Postal Zone 9630-024

lands were originally occupied Area Code & Prex (+351) 292 XXX-XXXX
and administered by Anto
Demonym Achadense
Rodrigues da Cmara, a
Patron Saint Nossa Senhora da
descendant of the third Capitain-
Donatrio of So Miguel, but
were sold, then tilled and sold to Wikimedia Commons: Achada (Nordeste)
other settlers.
By 1526 the village had its own
parochial church to the invocation of Nossa Senhora da Anunciao (English:
Our Lady of the Annunciation) where members of the religious orders resided
locally. The temple was the result of various remodeling projects starting at the
end of 1782 until 1984.

Since the 16th century, Achada has been a religious (later civil) parish, but it
was only annexed into the municipality of Nordeste in 1820 (having previously
pertained to the municipality of Ribeira Grande).

Its fertile lands, which extend the length of the Achada plain, have been the
source of the region's economy. Agriculture and dairy production is typical in
this area, including ceral crops and tubers. A small port was commercially
important until the 20th century when most exports were handled from Ponta
Delgada. Today, potatoes and corn are principal crops cultivated in the area,
where the harvested materials are used for feed in the raising of cattle.


Traditional festivals occur in the month of August, and include a diverse

program of events such as the traditional barracas with native foods and drink.
The primary events occur around the Imprio da Achada, when the annual
feasts of the Divine Holy Spirit are celebrated that include meat-broth soups
accompanied with local wines, traditional sweet bread (Portuguese: massa
sovada) and sweet rice deserts.[3]

1. Instituto Nacional de Estatstica (
2. Eurostat (
3. Festas das ilhas de So Miguel e Santa Maria 2010 [Festivals of the islands of So

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Miguel and Santa Maria 2010] (in Portuguese). Ponta Delgada, Azores: Direco
Regional das Comunidades. 2010. pp.102103.

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