Esposende is a town situated on the north coast of Braga district, more precisely at the mouth of Cávado river. Surrounded by pine forests, it is known for the beautiful beaches located in the Área de Paisagem Protegida do Litoral de Esposende (Protected Landscape Area of Esposende Coastline). In the city center you can visit the Igreja da Misericórdia, the chapel of Senhor dos Mareantes and the Municipal Museum. Pay also a visit to Largo do Mercado and Largo de São Sebastião and the castle of São João Baptista. The original Complexo das Piscinas Foz do Cávado (pool complex), situated on the river, can be found at river Cávado's waterfront. The Parque Natural do Litoral Norte (Natural Park of the North Coast) deserves an attentive visit: it is a place of great natural wealth, where the dunes and the estuaries of the rivers Cávado and Neiva, the pinewood and the variety of species of fauna and flora stand out. Here is suggested for the visitors to go on guided tours, river and trail tours, for bird-watching sessions and for other environmental activities. Be sure to sample the delights of fish and seafood, prepared so well in this part of the country, and give a little jump to Fão to appreciate and take with you the unforgettable clarinhas and folhadinhos de Fão (kind of sweet and fried pies with a pumpkin and cinnamon filling)!
What to do in Esposende
Parque Natural do Litoral Norte
The 18km long shoreline, between the mouth of the Neiva river and Apúlia, is a quite rich ecosystem, with a stretch of sandy beaches and dunes that are prompt to erosion. The estuaries of the Neiva and Cávado rivers, together with the pine woods and the farmlands are also a part of this protected area. The fauna is quite rich …
Museu Municipal de Esposende
Inaugurated in 1993, this museum deals with two areas: ethnography and history. It has an Ethnography and Material Culture Room, an Archaeology and History Room and the Tiles Room where temporary exhibitions take place.
Conjunto de Moinhos da Apúlia
Set of five typical windmills, located in the dunes of the beach of Apulia. Consist of a circular plant, all in schist and granite.
Marginal de Esposende
This avenue that sides the river is attended by people of all ages who enjoy walking or bicycling. The Marina of Esposende, with fishing boats and yachts, is located near the middle.
Quinta da Malafaia - Arraial Minhoto
This space organizes minhotan festivals, every Saturday between June and November, 8:0 pm to 1:0. Here are also holidays and Carnival. Works on fixed prices with regional food to description and animation of Portuguese popular music bands.
Praia de Marinhas-Cepães
A beach that belongs to the Area of Protected Landscape of the Sahoreline of Esposende. It has a first aid post and a library.
Praia da Apúlia
A beach with an easy access, quite wide and clean, with dunes and mills. It belongs to the Area of Protected Landscape of the Shoreline of Esposende and has a scouts camp, a summer camp and a playground. It has …
Marina de Esposende
In parallel to the River Avenue you can walk or cycle. More or less in the middle of this lies the Marina de Esposende which hosts fishing boats and pleasure craft.
Centro de Lazer Foz do Cávado
This Center has a shopping area, swimming pools, a sauna, a cafe and a restaurant.
Castro de São Lourenço
Fortified settlement proto-history consisting of three lines of walls, denoting various stages of construction. It was occupied in the Chalcolithic, in the 3rd century BC; then, continuously, from the 5th century BC to the 5th century\/VI century ad; and later, …
Forte de Esposende / Castelo de São João Baptista
Bastion fortress built in the late 17th century, the early 18TH century by Dom Pedro II. Formed part of the defensive plan of the Portuguese coast and aimed to protect the entrance of the river Cávado. Features a rectangular plan …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Esposende
Temple built in the 16th century, where stands out the valuable stuff. Inside, the chapel of our Lord reference of Seafarers, with carved and imaginary in the 16th and 17th centuries, some panels illustrating episodes from the Passion of Christ …
Where to eat in Esposende
Rustic restaurant housed in an old cabin, where the fishermen kept the Sargasso. The fish and seafo…
The Lady Peliteiro is a multifaceted space. In addition to a restaurant, it's also a gastronomic at…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant located by the beach, with a rather friendly service and quite pleasant dishes.
Simple and familiar space, with two dining rooms, serving essentially barbecue dishes.
Simple and familiar restaurant, located on the ground floor of a roadside House, serving regional a…
A large space with two rooms that serves mostly grilled dishes, namely chicken dishes.
Modern and pleasant space with large Windows that make the room bright and welcoming. It mainly ser…
Where to sleep in Esposende
It is near the beach of Ofir, in the protected area of the coast of Esposende, between the pinewood and the sea, the Axis Ofir Beach Resort Hotel, a unit with …
The Gentle sea, Hotel in Esposende, is situated on the seafront and has easy access to the beach, inviting guests to a dip in the summer and long walks on the …
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