Cantanhede is seat of an eponymous district in the west of Portugal, not far from the Atlantic Ocean. Finds prove a settlement of the area since at least the middle Paleolithic. The present town was first mentioned in 1057. On May 20, 1514 King Manuel I renewed the earlier conferred city rights (Foral). On 16 August 1991 the previous Vila (town) Cantanhede for Cidade (City) was raised.
Many historic buildings in the city center make the specificity of the 8000-soul town. The San Pedro church with a baroque portal, the City Council of 1553 and the "Casa do Capitão-Mor" from the 17th century give Cantanhede a distinctive shine. Well equipped sports venues, museums and many restaurants serving local cuisine complete the extensive cultural offerings of the city.
Nationally and internationally known Cantanhede for its wines, especially red wine. There is also a focus of the watch and jewelery production in the country. In Cantanhede and neighboring communities Febres, Murtede and Tocha are the four commercial areas of the circle, the Parques Industriais in which a large number have settled enterprises in the manufacturing sector, the administration and logistics. In Beira Atlântico Parque - Parque Tecnológico e Cultural de Cantanhede (dt .: Atlantic Park the Beira region - Culture and Technology Park Cantanhede) one dedicated to addition of the new economy in particular biotechnology, oenology, and Forestry. Agriculture and tourism, especially on the beaches of the municipality of Tocha, are other important sectors of the economy.