Infobox Parish pt
official_name = Loriga
image_coat_of_arms = BrasaoLoriga.jpg
area_total = 36,52
population_total = 1,367 (2005)
population_density = 37,51
Loriga (pron. IPA2|lu'ɾigɐ) is a
villagein Portugallocated in the Guarda district. Loriga is 20Km away from Seia(municipality), 40Km away from Viseu, 80Km away from Guarda and 320Km from Lisbon. It is nestled in the Serra da Estrelamountain range. The population is 1,367 (2005 estimate).
It is known as the "Portuguese Switzerland" due to its landscape: a small town surrounded by mountains.
Known to be settled by the
Lusitanians, the town is more than 2100 years old and was part of the Roman province of Lusitania. It was known as "Lobriga" by the Lusitanians and, some say, "Lorica" by the Romans.
Loriga became a
textilemanufacturing center in the mid 1800s. While that industry has since dissipated, today the town attracts a sizable tourist trade due to its picturesque scenery and vicinity to the Vodafone Ski Resort, the only ski center in Portugal, partially inside the town limits.
* [http://www.loriga.org Loriga News] (in Portuguese)
* [http://www.loriga.de Loriga's Homepage] (in Portuguese)
* [http://loriga.spaces.live.com Loriga's Photosite] (in Portuguese)
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