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Coat of arms of Massamá
Coat of arms
Massamá is located in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 38°45′25″N 9°16′30″W / 38.757°N 9.275°W / 38.757; -9.275Coordinates: 38°45′25″N 9°16′30″W / 38.757°N 9.275°W / 38.757; -9.275
Country Portugal
Metropolitan areaLisbon
 • Total2.78 km2 (1.07 sq mi)
 • Total28,112
 • Density10,000/km2 (26,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)

Massamá (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐsɐˈma]) is a former civil parish in the municipality of Sintra, Lisbon District, Portugal. In 2013, the parish merged into the new parish Massamá e Monte Abraão.[1] The population in 2011 was 28,112,[2] in an area of 2.78 km².[3]

It was separated from Queluz parish in 1997. The parish consists of three different zones. The old zone is known as the 2nd phase, a newer zone is known as the 6th phase, while the newest zone, Massamá-Norte (North Massamá, also known as 7th phase) is located outside the parish of Massamá, belonging to Belas parish, though it is usually considered as a zone from Massamá, as it is connected to the rest of Massamá. Belas town is actually several kilometers from Massamá Norte.

The name Massamá comes from the Mozarabic term “Mactama” which means “place with good water” or “fountain”. Due to its location between Sintra and Lisbon, this was the place where ancient warriors would take a break to rest and drink water from the local springs.[4]

It is the home of the former Portuguese Prime-minister Pedro Passos Coelho.


  1. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, pages 552 115-116" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  2. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  3. ^ Eurostat Archived 2012-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Terras de Portugal