Located on the north coast of Portugal, Esposende is known for its beaches and it is the holiday destination chosen by many Portuguese people. It has several blue flag beaches and extensive beaches, perfect if you’re a fan of hiking. However, the county has much more to offer and, in this post, you will find out what to visit in Esposende besides the beaches.
Castro de S. Lourenço
Castro de S. Lourenço is located in the parish of Vila Chá, at the top of the hill with the same name. The roots of the Castro date back to the beginning of the 1st millennium BC. Some of the houses were rebuilt, so we could have an idea of what they used to look like. At the top of the hill, we find a chapel from which we are gifted with a panoramic view of the whole county. The Castro is divided into several sectors, corresponding to different times and forms of occupation of the area. It is also possible to make trails that allow to discover the vast natural beauty of Esposende and to have access to all sectors of the Castro.
In a typical parish of fishermen and fishmongers, we find some windmills that are located well above the dunes. These mills were once used for grinding cereals. Currently, some serve as summer housing. If you are a fan of walks or bike rides by the sea, you can take advantage of the walkways that give access to the mills and that run the length of the beach.
Streets of Esposende
In the middle of all the natural wealth of Esposende, the streets of the city can go unnoticed. But they are totally worthy of your visit. The town is very flat and invites the tour. The architecture of the buildings in Esposende has a balance between the old and the modern. The high point is Largo Dr. Fonseca Limam where you can relax on an esplanade, visit the Municipal Museum or even contemplate the main monument, which is an ode to the fishermen.
Miradouro da Restinga do Cávado
This viewpoint must be the best-kept secret of Esposende since most people have no idea about it. The viewpoint of Restinga do Cávado is surrounded by the river and the sea. When we arrive at the viewpoint, we feel a unique peace because the silence and the view are overwhelming. The arrival to the belvedere can be made by car or by walk in the footbridges, that start next to the old hotel of Ofir and they cross a great part of the river Cávado.
Forte de S. João Batista
Also known as Forte de Esposende, Forte de S. João Batista was built during the reign of D. Pedro II with the goal of protecting the Portuguese coast and the entrance in the Cávado river. Next to the fort, you can also take pictures with the name of the city, Esposende!
These are some of the places that are worth your visit in Esposende. But there is much more to visit and discover in Esposende. We leave you below other places you must visit:
- Santuário da Senhora da Guia
- Igreja Matriz de Esposende
- Museu Marítimo de Esposende
- Igreja da Misericórdia de Esposende
- Museu de Arte Sacra
It is also worth telling you that Esposende is ideal if you love to eat fish. Throughout the county, there are many restaurants that serve fish where you will eat and cry for more!
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