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Espinho

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Espinho is a seaside resort town in the north of Portugal.

Get in[edit]

It is served by frequent trains to Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Ovar and Aveiro. There are a few connections per day to Lisbon on fast trains.

Get around[edit]

The most interesting areas of the city are on walking distance, as they are mostly in downtown, close to the train station.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Main Church - Igreja Matriz de Espinho.
  • City Hall square and adjacent João de Deus city park.
  • The fishermen pulling the nets to the shore on early morning.
  • City open air market, every Monday - fish, vegetables, clothes, shoes, fabric, etc.
  • The City Museum at the Fórum de Arte e Cultura de Espinho, that is in the building of a former factory of canned food called Brandão Gomes.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Watch a volleyball match. Espinho is the Portuguese volleyball capital. Three local clubs host matches regularly: Associação Académica de Espinho, Clube de Voleibol de Espinho and Sporting Clube de Espinho.
  • Gamble in the Casino.
  • Play tennis at Complexo de Ténis de Espinho.
  • Walk on the city-long promenade by the beach.
  • Swim (be careful with the currents though) and enjoy the sun on the nice white sand beaches that Espinho offers.
  • Walk on the gangway that starts in the northern beach of Espinho and takes you through the dunes with a fine sea view up to several kilometers into Vila Nova de Gaia.
  • Rent a light aircraft and fly it at the Aero Clube da Costa Verde [1].
  • Visit the Planetarium and watch the stars from the Observatorium at Centro Multimeios de Espinho [2].
  • Watch a concert at the Music Academy [3].
  • Play golf at the Oporto Golf Club [4], in the suburb of Paramos, south of the city of Espinho.

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Cinanima - International Animated Film Festival [5], that usually takes place every year in November.
  • FIME - Espinho International Music Festival, that takes place every year [6].

Buy[edit][add listing]

Fresh vegetables and local fish in the weekly open-air market.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Being a coastal town with deep fishing roots, Espinho has a wide variety of seafood restaurants.

Drink[edit][add listing]

During the Summer there are plenty of bars by the beach. In other seasons, you might want to visit "Bombar"[7] or "Doo Bop", the places by the beach where many locals gather for a beer and good music in the late evening/night.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Hotel Mar Azul.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Praia Golfe.  edit
  • Aparthotel Solverde.  edit

Contact[edit]

The Tourism Office (Posto de Turismo, address: Rua 23 n.º 271, 4500-803 Espinho) is open every day from 9AM to 1PM and 2 PM to 5 PM. It can be be reached on the following phone numbers: +351 22 733 58 00 (1676) and + 351 227 335 872. You can also send them an e-mail at turismo@cm-espinho.pt

Internet[edit]

Denisov Café, Rua 12 589 - Free & superfast WiFi, just ask for the password.

Get out[edit]

  • Santa Maria da Feira with its Castle and its interactive science museum Visionarium is less than 20 km away and reachable by train or bus.



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