Espinho is a modern, high-level tourist resort that welcomes thousands of visitors during the year. In addition to its beautiful beaches, full of light and color, the city has many other attractions:
With a coastline of 8km Espinho has several beaches awarded with the Blue Flag of Europe where the vast blue sea that surrounds the fine sand is intersected by breakwaters that make the water gentle and auspicious to baths with the pleasure and safety of a carefully guarded beach, but also displays an adequate ripple for sports such as surfing or bodyboarding. So the quiet of a isolated beach contrasts with other active one, where you can watch a match of beach volleyball or stay in a lively bar. It is also in these beaches that the World Cup FIFA Beach Soccer Portugal and the Espinho Surf Destination happened.
Since 1894, that is held in Espinho a weekly fair that is now one of the largest weekly markets in the country.
To visit it is the best way to dive into this city and get to know her, because in addition to the commercial aspect is also a major tourist attraction, both for the variety of products for sale and because of the possibility to make direct transactions between the producer and the consumer.
Every Monday, you can find a wide variety of products, from jewelry to flowers, besides clothing, handicrafts, fish and more.
So, the influx of portuguese and foreign tourists is quite significant, a true living wheel of colors, smells and flavors, to not be missed!
Castro de Ovil
The Castro de Ovil is a collection of archaeological ruins of a village of the II century BC, which falls in the Iron Age of the Northwest part of the Iberian Peninsula, although it also shows traces of the Roman occupation. This hill fort is referred in documents of the Middle Ages, being the first references found in a document dating from 897.
Identified in February 1981 in a place called the “lugar do Monte”, parish of Paramos, in Espinho. The archaeological work began in the early 80s, and interventions were resumed in 1994 under the action of the Office of Archaeology of Espinho City Council.
The collected pieces is primarily of indigenous ceramics, smooth or with typical decoration of the Neolithic contexts.
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The Casino of Espinho has contributed to the “renewal of tradition” and tries to fulfill the expectations of the people who frequent it.
Open all year, the Casino is the meeting point for people from various places, attracted by their shows, renowned restaurant, conference room, art gallery and game rooms with roulette, French banking, baccarat, slot machines and bingo.
The emotions of the game and the colors of the bets, alternate with the brightness of the animation.
The Multimeios Center, is a space designed to welcome and provide the best that there is at national and international level in various platforms of cultural interest and also works as a research and study center in the astronomy field, thanks to its planetarium.
So, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, festivals and lectures are an attractive program, this reference in current architecture, which combines aesthetics with functionality creating a unique space reserved for both leisure and professional context of different areas. This is the main building of the FEST, the heart of everything.
The current building of the Academy of Music / Espinho Auditorium was inaugurated in 2006. These new facilities include the Academy of Music and many other facilities, the Espinho Auditorium and the room Mário Neves, with 280 and 100 seats.
The program is open to all music genres and backgrounds, as well as theater, dance, new circus and temporary art exhibitions. The Classical Orchestra of Espinho has a residence and exhibition. The auditorium is then a cultural space of artistic fruition and cultural multidisciplinary.
Municipal Museum / Art and Culture Forum of Espinho
As a result of the rehabilitation project of the former Fábrica de Conservas Brandão, Gomes & C.ª (A canned food factory) appeared the Art and Culture Forum of Espinho, a space dedicated to research, cultural development and the provision of services to the community. It is assumed as a multifaceted place where knowledge, training, education and leisure are the main figure.
With one auditorium, three atriums and a interior terrace, which allow enhancing the versatility of the space with the realization of various cultural and social activities, an educational service room and training rooms this is definitely a place for the community and prepared to receive numerous activities in different areas.
The Espinho Municipal Museum which occupies the core of the old canning factory and is extended on the first floor by a gallery for temporary exhibitions, perpetuates and discloses the history and cultural heritage of the city, becoming a dynamic space of interaction between the past and the present.
The functionality of the municipal museum also involves the documentation and research center.
When the day ends the visitor can still spend a fun night. The waterfront invites for a quiet walk or an evening full of life, where restaurants, cafes, terraces, clubs and beach bars, boost the night life with concerts, “karaoke” and various initiatives.