at Portuguese Association of Socialist Mayors / she chairs the commission “Natural Resources”

Isilda Maria Prazeres dos Santos Varges Gomes is a Portuguese politician. She was the Civilian Governor of the Faro District between 2007 and 2011 and Member of the Portuguese Parliament. She was elected Mayor of Portimão in 29 September 2013 and re-elected since then. President of the Portuguese Association of Socialist Mayors, she is also Member of the European Committee of the Regions since 2020. In this institution, she chairs the commission “Natural Resources” since 2022.

In Portimão, a port city in the Algarve Region of southern Portugal, known for its sandy beaches, her priorities have always been the development of sustainable tourism, notably focusing around water management. Portimão is also usually presented as a leading example on civil protection.