Espinho lies of the Southern periphery of the Costa Verde, beyond is the Costa da Prata. Espinho has eight kilometres of beaches 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 run from this point to the pier at the southern end of collectively known as the Praia da Frente Azul and are 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 outdoor swimming pool protected by the Atlantic winds by an exterior wall, it includes a children's pool, a bar and a sunbathing area.
Praia da Baía
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 day's beachcombing along with a cold beer.
At the southern end the beach flows into the Praia das Sereias whose name 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.
41° 00' 33.9" N | 08° 38' 46.3" W
Beyond Praia das Sereias's Southern pier is the stretch of sand known as the Praia do Bairro Piscatório Beach. Its name refers to the fisherman who apply their trade here. Known as Arte Xávega, this form of fishing dates back to the 18th century and 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
Praia de Salgueiros