County of Antiqua


General Data 2018

CapitalAreaPop.Desem./Unem.LocalGovern.
Antiqua8 912 km²923 225,8%41º5'N 10º24'OAna Lopes


Antiqua, latin word meaning “old” is the second county in north of Gaston region. It is bordered on the north by the Niceto County, south to the Pampulha County; the east and west is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is the homonymous city.

Situated along the Atlantic coast, between the disembogue of the Negro and Palmar rivers, the territory is divided into 6 districts, 14 municipalities and three well-defined areas: the Serra da Pantera (with 516 m high, is the highest point in county), the plains and deltas of the Negro and Palmar rivers, which together with the coast, delimit their territory.

It has relatively cool summers (18° C in average) and mild winters (6° C on average). There rainfall in four seasons.

Antiqua has historically been a very connected to the industry county. It was the first county from Gaston to host the Industrial Revolution and, despite having some economic crises, today is the second largest industrial center of the country.

The Port of Antiqua has become, in recent years, the most important of the Atlantic in tonnage of goods and containers. It is also the number one port in Europe in number of cruise ships calling in the county.

Important center of culture, economics and politics, Antiqua is a reference not only within Gaston but also within the European Union.

Of the many existing monuments and tourist sites, we highlight the imposing Basilica of San Vicente, in the adjacent Square of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, the famous Diamond Bridge over the Grand Canal and numerous churches and museums.

The county is also famous for its international events such as the Film Festival and the Biennale of Art, which takes place on the first Sunday in May, the casinos and its romantic walks, leading many couples to spend their honey-moons.