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ESPINHO

Just fifteen kilometres (9 miles) south of Porto, the up and coming seaside resort of Espinho is well known by people who reside in Northern Portugal. With continual investment and marketing, Espinho is now becoming attractive to foreign tourists alike. Good transport links to Porto makes it an excellent choice if one decides to spend a day on the beach. MADABOUTPORTO.COM is your essential guide to the town's sights, things to do, best hotel options and a range of guided tours.

INTRODUCTION TO ESPINHO

Espinho's new underground train station is close to the long promenade and the seafront. The eight kilometres (5 miles) of sandy beaches are the centre of activity for sun worshipers, beach volleyballers, posers and joggers alike. There is a moderate surf here, enough to have fun with but no challenge for the veteran surfer.

Espinho was originally a fishing village, evidence of which can still be found in the guise of the occasional brightly painted fishing boat beached on the sands. With the coming of the railways, Espinho grew rapidly during the 19th century and the town layout was built on a grid system with streets having numbers rather than names.

ESPINHO MARKET (FEIRA SEMANAL DE ESPINHO)

The Market (Feira de Espinho)

The market in Espinho (Feira de Espinho) dates back to 1894 and is well known in Portugal. Every Monday from 07h00 to 20h00 it occupies an area of three streets and where a wide array of local produce, earthenware, shoes and clothes amongst various other curiosities. If you go to Espinho on a day other than a Monday you can find consolation in the many interesting shops in the town centre (the town's main shopping street is Rua 19), carved-wood models of Portuguese fishing boats painted in bright colours, woven baskets, and dolls in regional dress are popular items.

Every Monday: 07h00 - 20h00
Feira Semanal de Espinho, Rus 22-24, 4500-263 Espinho, Portugal. | 41° 00' 15.6" N | 08° 38' 18.9" W


Casa Quelha da Presa

Casa Quelha da Presa

A superb holiday house close to Espinho with amazing views.

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MOTHER CHURCH (IGREJA DE MATRIZ)

Designed by Adães Bermundes in a neo-romanesque revivalist style it was commissioned by Joaquim Teixeira Silva Amaral to replace the Capela da Praça Nova church which fell victim to the sea. Construction started in 1930 and features an imposing bell tower and it's main structure forms a latin cross with a single nave and transept. A small flight of stairs lead you to a rounded portal crowned by a triangular pediment. Inside can be found several chapels, one of which contains a large image of christ painted on wood.

530 Rua 29, 4500-297 Espinho, Portugal. | 41° 00' 20" N | 08° 08' 25" W
+351 227 322 997 | paroqespinho@gmail.com


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Mother church (Matriz de Espinho)

ESPINHO CASINO

Espinho Casino

Since 1974, other than beach activities, Espinho is also well known for it's casino, offering a varied cultural programme including live music, dance and comedy performances, cabaret, and of cause many entertaining ways to part with your money. Casino Espinho is the largest and most diversified entertainment and leisure complex in the north of Portugal.

With a number of decent restaurants and bars Casino Solverde offers a full range of entertainment. Spread out over the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors, interconnected by lifts and escalators, the mixed games room of the Casino Espinho has a wide range of table games and 777 of the most up-to-date slot machines with about 286 different games. With a capacity for 280 seats, the Casino Espinho Bingo room offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, with a beautiful view to the sea, for moments of pure fun.

Sunday - Thursday: 15h00 - 03h00, Friday & Saturday: 16h00 - 04h00
Casino Espinho, 85 Rua 19, 4501 - 858 Espinho, Portugal. | 41º 00' 30.9" N | 08º 38' 41.9" W
+351 227 335 500 | casinoespinho@solverde.pt |  Website

BEACHES, DUNES & SURF

Espinho has a long stretch of beach running the length of the town, starting in the North at the start of the Passadiço Espinho boardwalk across the dunes and the dividing line between Porto and Aveiro districts. The beaches which runs from this point to the pier at the southern end of collectively known as the Praia da Frente Azul and subdivided according to the respective beach bar: Marbelo, Pop, Azul, Seca and Costa Verde. The conditions here are ideal for bathers and sun-bathers alike and are patrolled by coastguards. Beach sports are often played here too such as volleyball, basketball and football. The surf here is gentle yet steady ideal for body-boarding and windsurfing. It's along this stretch you'll find the Piscina-solário Atlântico an out door swimming pool protected by the Atlantic winds by an exterior wall, it includes a children's pool, a bar and a sun bathing area. 41° 00' 52.2" N | 08° 38' 41.3" W

Praia da Baía beach is particularly favourite for surfing and is probably the best beach in the North of Portugal for surf. The beach is framed North and South by two piers forming a manmade bay. As with Praia da Frente Azul there's plenty of amenities here and a good choice of seaside bars and eateries. Here too you'll find amazing sunsets, an ideal way to end a days beach combing along with a cold beer. 41° 00' 33.9" N | 08° 38' 46.3" W

Praia das Sereias means Mermaid's beach but in reality it's frequented mostly by families who take advantage of the shelter from Atlantic winds at the base of a massive boulder. Popular also with surfers who enjoy the year round constant swell here.

Beyond Praia das Sereias's Southern pier is the stretch of sand known as the Praia do Bairro Piscatório Beach. It's name refers to the fisherman who apply their trade here. Known as known as Arte Xávega this form of fishing dates back to the 18th century which involves attaching one end of a net to shore whilst taking the other end out to sea and pulled into an arch to trap catch sardines, mackerel amongst other fish. The district here is known as the Bairro Piscatório and lining the shore here are traditional fisherman's cottages and their brightly colour boats moored up on the beach. Favourable bathing conditions continue on the beach to the south beyond Praia do Bairro Piscatório's Southern pier. 40° 59' 52.4" N | 08° 38' 47.8" W

Dunes

The protected dunes north of Espinho are both of ecological importance and pleasing to behold. First initiated to help bind the sand in place and prevent coastal erosion, the dunes now are home to rare hardy fauna, reptiles, birds and insects. A twelve kilometre network of wooden pedestrian and cyclist pathways known as the Ecovia Litoral traverse the dunes and link Espinho to areas of natural beauty and ecological interest.

Espinho Beaches
Ecovia Litoral

TOP TOURS

Lands of Santa Maria

sponsored>Lands of Santa Maria

The area of Portugal known as the "Land of Santa Maria" was a medieval region organised administratively and militarily around the castle of Santa Maria, remained until the middle of the 19th century. It can be said that the Land of Santa Maria is the credal of Portugal. Stopping at Espinho's beaches and museum before going on to Ovar, Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria de Valega and the castle at Santa Maria da Feira.

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Porto Private Transfer to or from Espinho

Porto Private Transfer to or from Espinho

Book this private transfer and travel in comfort and safety to or from Espinho with a professional driver. Skip the long lines for taxis and the hassle of navigating public transportation when you arrive at the Porto airport, or Campanhã & São Bento train stations. Book this private transfer and travel in comfort and safety to Espinho with a professional driver.


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Aveiro Private Tour From Porto

Aveiro Private Tour From Porto

When exploring a new city alone, you can miss out on a lot, especially if you don’t have a way to cruise its canals. This Aveiro tour provides round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle from Porto or Gaia, as well as lunch. See the city’s main highlights and then follow your guide on the famous canals. Lunch is provided during this Aveiro tour. Porto or Gaia hotel pickup and drop-off included.

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OPORTO GOLF CLUB

Oporto Golf Club

Oporto Golf Club is the oldest golf course in the Iberia Peninsula was founded in 1890. Golf was originally introduced to Portugal by British Port traders and Oporto Golf Club has seen continual redevelopment ever since. Its home to Skeffington, Dockery and Kendall Cup tournaments and is fully equipped with a driving range, putting green, chipping green, practice bunker, shop, bars and restaurant. A pitch and putt was introduced in 2004 for family fun. Playing in this course can be more than a simple golf game, enjoying its magnificent landscape with the sun glinting off the shore and the mild Atlantic climate. Enjoy also the hospitality and the high gastronomical quality of the Club House.
A valid handicap certificate from player’s home club is required. Handicap limit: men 28, women 36

Tuesday - Sunday: 08h00 - 20h00, Monday: CLOSED



Contact Details
Oporto Golf Club, 4500-653 Espinho, Portugal. | 41° 59´ 04.4” N | 8° 38´ 30.7” W
+351 227 342 008 | ogc@portogolfclub.com |  Website

The Course

Inauguration year:

1890

Holes:

18

Par:

71

Distance:

5638m

Architect:

-

Amenities

Practice Areas:

Driving Range, Putting Green, Practice bunker

Hire:

Clubs, Buggies, Trollies

Lessons:

Individual, Group

Club House:

Shops, Restaurant

Main Events:

Skeffington Cup Annually

PLANETARIUM (PLANETÁRIO)

Planetarium (Planetário)

The Planetarium is a truly unique environment and an award winning facility. Located within the Centro Multimeios de Espinho complex, (Multimedia Centre), it is equipped with 80 seats, the viewer is immersed in a fantastic universe simulator. Making use of a projection system based on three independent units, the Planetarium displays shows produced by Navegar Foundation team, leading the viewer to distant places, like the Moon, Mars, planetary nebulae, or even the mysterious black holes… The planetarium shows are aimed at all audiences, always with a strong didactic component. This unique space also serves as a "stage" for other events such as "Camping in the Planetarium", special dinners, Immersive Film Festival - IFF, music concerts, among other activities.

Sunday - Thursday: 15h00 - 03h00, Friday & Saturday: 16h00 - 04h00
Centro Multimeios de Espinho, 800 Av. 24, 4500-228 Espinho, Portugal. | 41º 00 ' 22" N | 08º 38' 16" W
+351 227 331 190 | info@multimeios.pt |  Website

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SUGGESTED HOTELS

Hotel Apartamento Solverde

Hotel Apartamento Solverde ★ ★ ★ ★

With all the quality you expect from a four star establishment the Hotel Solverde is one of the grandest in the area. Only two minutes from Espinho and 15 from Porto, the hotel is ideally placed for leisure and business. It has a private access to the beach and excellent views out to sea. It's Spa & Wellness centre is one of the best in the country offering a wide range of remedies for mind, body and spirit. The hotel is also well known for the quality of food served within it's restaurant.

Rua 21 nº 77, 4500-267 Espinho, Portugal.
41º 01 '03.8" N | 08º 38' 25.2" W | +351 227 338 030 | hotelsolverde@solverde.pt

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Sea, Sand and Sun Spot

Sea, Sand and Sun Spot

Situated in Espinho, just 100 yards from Frente Azul Beach, Sea, Sand and Sun Spot - Espinho Beach features beachfront accommodation with free WiFi. The apartment is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking and fishing. The apartment has one bedroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, and a bathroom with a shower. Popular points of interest near the apartment include Baia Beach, Navy Areal Beach and Espinho Congress Centre. The nearest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, 23.6 miles from Sea, Sand and Sun Spot - Espinho Beach.
Rua 8, 297, 4500-153 Espinho, Portugal. | 41° 53' 57.9" N | 08° 49' 00.5" W

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Hotel Império do Norte

Beach & Sea Guesthouse

Beach & Sea Guesthouse is situated on the beachfront in Espinho, 100 yards from Rua 37 Beach and 350 yards from Bairro Piscatório Beach. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the property. The rooms at the guest house are fitted with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. All units at Beach & Sea Guesthouse have air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Espinho, like cycling. Baia Beach is 450 yards from Beach & Sea Guesthouse, while Espinho Congress Centre is 0.9 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, 24.2 miles from the guest house.

Rua 39 95, 4500-166 Espinho, Portugal. | N 41º 00' 03.1" | W 08º 38' 45.3" | +351 937 286 983

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Restaurante Cabana

Restaurante Cabana

Ideally located near the beach with sea views this renown restaurant offers great seafood and traditional Portuguese dishes at reasonable prices.

Daily: 12h00 - 23h30
Avenida 8 - Rotunda da Praia da Seca, 4500-206 Espinho, Portugal.
N 41º 00' 25.9" | W 08º 38' 27.7"
+351 227 341 322


Restaurante Avenida 8

Restaurante Avenida 8

A very friendly restaurant serving food of high quality at affordable prices. The wine list is well chosen and reasonable.

Tuesday - Saturday: 12h00 - 15h30/19h00 - 00h00, Sunday: 12h00 - 15h30, Monday: CLOSED
Avenida 8 308 4500-205 Espinho, Portugal.
N 41º 00' 38.8" | W 08º 38' 40.3"
+351 963 846 369


Grão De Soja

Grão De Soja

A vegetarian and vegan restaurant which serves locally sourced fresh produce at reasonable prices. The dishes are inventive as they are tasty. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the staff equally so. If only they would open evenings.

Monday - Saturday: 12h00 - 15h00, Sunday: CLOSED
Rua 23 760, Espinho 4500-276, Portugal.
N 41º 00' 26.0" | W 08º 38' 13.1"
+351 220 992 253

Espinho is 31.5km (19.6 miles) South of Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport PORTO. Website

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22km (13.5 miles) South of Porto on the A29.

Latitude - 41° 00' 26.1 N Longitude - 08° 38 '41.7 W

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Espinho lies on the main north-south mainline and has regular urban and regional trains from Porto:
• Linha de Aveiro (urban) Train Timetable

• Coimbra-Aveiro-Porto (regional Train Timetable

• Linha do Vouga the last narrow gauge railway in Portual (still open at time of writing) serving: Aveiro, Agueda, Sernada do Vouga, Albergaria-a-Velha, Oliveira de Azeméis, São João da Madeira, Santa Maria da Feira, and Espinho Train Timetable

Comboios de Portugal Website

• Rodonorte Coach company servicing North & Central Portugal Website

• Rede Expressos Services from Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon and many other regional and national locations. Website