Welcome to Mira 2018
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President of the Local Organising Committee
The European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country constitutes an event of the utmost importance for our municipality. As it brings together athletes from all over Europe, we have become accustomed to consider it a reference event in the promotion of Mira and the region.
It is also an event of great relevance due to the high quality of its participants: elite athletes, dedicated technical teams and outstanding leaders who support them.
The high level of the European Athletics, the Portuguese Federation of Athletics and Federations of the other European countries honour us with the responsibility of hosting such a prestigious competition.
In our global world we are determined to share and celebrate the differences that enrich the continent of Europe. This competition is a unique moment for the exchange of the cultural diversity of each and every one of its participants. We value the opportunity to embrace the upcoming emotions of joy and excitement, which all of us expect from this event. Let us therefore pursue a common goal of uniting cultures through sports.
Despite the damages caused by the recent forest fires, we are very proud of our natural flora and fauna, so may we invite you to explore the beauty of our ponds, the purity of our streams, lakes and ocean and the magnificence of our flora and endogenous species.
May you also take this opportunity to indulge in our mild climate and engage in year-round outdoor activities. Seemingly, we urge you to feel at home in our well-maintained facilities and enjoy our rich natural surroundings.
However, let it be known that our greatest wealth lies in our people, our cultural traditions and our way of life. Our region is renowned for its friendliness and generosity and the people of Mira take pride in welcoming those who have entrusted us with their visit.
Finally, we have put all our enthusiasm in the preparation of the sports facilities by carefully following the technical guidelines we have received from the organization. Last but not least, great efforts and care have been taken so as to ensure everyone a warm and unforgettable welcome.
It is in this spirit that on behalf of the people of Mira I welcome you to this European Championship.
To all the federative leaders who have placed their confidence in our capacity to carry out this event, we express our sincere appreciation and gratitude. To all the athletes and coaches, let Mira be a milestone for you.
To all a good competition!
Located in the Central Coast, Mira belongs to the district of Coimbra and is part of regional tourism in the area of Central Portugal. Situated between the basins of the Vouga and the Mondego, on the North is confronted by the municipality Vagos, on the east and south by the municipality of Cantanhede and on the West by the Atlantic Ocean. With an area of approximately 123 km2 and a population of around 13,000 inhabitants, the county is composed of four parishes: Mira, Praia de Mira, Seixo and Carapelhos and has a central location in relation to three major cities: Aveiro, Coimbra and Figueira da Foz.
The Municipality of Mira has direct access to the A17 in a distance of 100 kilometers of city of Porto and 200 kilometers of the city of Lisbon.
Be sure to visit the Igreja Matriz de Mira (Parish Church), the Capela Nª. Senhora da Conceição (Chapel) in Praia de Mira, Museu Etnográfico da Praia de Mira (Ethnographic Museum) and Museu do Território da Gândara in Mira (Museum).