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Visits & Leisure

City of Espinho

Lagoa de Paramos
S.Pedro Chapel
Castro de Ovil
Music Academy of Espinho

The city of Espinho has to offer, besides its beautiful beaches, full of light and color, many other attractions: it has the oldest Golf Course of the Iberian Peninsula, an Aerodrome, Casino, Multipurpose Ship, Tennis Complex, Horse Riding, Swimming Pools , Multimedia Center, Art and Culture Forum, integrating the Municipal Museum, High Quality Hotels, Youth Hostel, Camping, the largest Weekly Country Fair in Portugal and a Thalassotherapy Marine Spa, unique in Portugal.

In the cultural context, several activities carried out throughout the year are a reason for attracting nationals and foreigners, such as the Animation Film Festival, the International Music Festival, the Ethnographic Parades, the Folklore Festival, the different Cultural Events and Sports, among countless others.

 

Places to visit

 

Lagoa de Paramos - Bird Watching

Located south of the Municipality of Paramos, it is an ecological, landscape and recreational area of great ornithological and plant diversity. It should be noted that some of the existing species are listed in the "Directives of the Council of the European Communities on the conservation of wild birds".

 

St. Peter's Chapel

Inaugurated in 1942, every year on June 29, the fishing village celebrates its Patron and Patron with a procession that runs through the main arteries of the city coming out of the Chapel.

 

Matrix of Espinho

Dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, its project is due to the architect Adães Bermudes, in the last years of the 20th century of the 20th century. It follows the Neo-Romantic type of the second half of the 19th century, which continued in Portugal.

 

Old Factory of Canned Brandão Gomes - FACE

The magnificent building, with architectural characteristics of great beauty, still resists the time, being now completely recovered and to the full service of the culture of the city. The FACE- current Forum of Art and Culture of Espinho.

 

Multimeios Center

The Multimeios Center is an infrastructure that includes a planetarium, an auditorium that also functions as a movie theater, a gallery, an astronomical observatory, a cafeteria and several rooms to support the events that take place there.

 

Swimming pool

Work of the architects Eduardo Martins and Manuel Passos, the Atlantic Solar Swimming Pool, was inaugurated on June 10, 1943.

 

Casino

Open all year round, it is the meeting point of people from various venues, attracted by its international shows, renowned restaurant, conference room, art gallery and games rooms

Port city

Torre dos Clérigos
Palace of the Stock Exchange
Cathedral of Porto
Ancient Chain of Relation

Porto is a charming city, situated on the slopes of the Douro River, near its mouth. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to its beautiful monuments and historic buildings such as the imposing Cathedral or the Clérigos Tower, Porto is Portugal's second largest city and boasts superb views over the world-famous Port Wine Cellars on the bank opposite the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia. Although largely industrialized, Porto offers a harmonious synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions.

 

Places to visit

 

Port Wine Cellars (Vila Nova de Gaia)

Standing in front of Porto's historic center on the southern bank of the Douro River, the Port Wine Cellars are an important tourist attraction. This sweet and fortified wine is produced from grapes grown in the Douro region and sent to the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, where it is prepared and aged. Visitors can choose from over 50 basements on the waterfront to discover the dozens of varieties of Port Wine, which is now one of the most famous in the world.

Cathedral (Porto)
The imposing Cathedral of Porto was completed in the 13th century, although it has undergone many changes over the centuries. With beautiful carvings, paintings, sculptures, treasures of sacred art and a Romanesque rosacea, besides the beautiful Baptismal Chapel, clad in polychrome marbles, and beautiful baroque tiles in the cloister and porch, this is undoubtedly a fascinating monument.

Torre dos Clérigos (Porto)
This bell tower of Baroque style was completed in 1763 and dominates the old center of the city. It is the tallest of its kind in the country, and visitors can climb their 225 steps to admire the views. The adjacent Church of the Clergy is an excellent example of the synthesis of Baroque and Rococo architectural styles and displays an elaborate façade, beautiful carvings and a remarkable tube organ from 1774.

Music House (Porto)
Designed for the event Porto Capital of Culture in 2001, Casa da Música is a dynamic and modern concert hall dedicated to the creation and celebration of music. It is also an important cultural center with guided tours, workshops, a restaurant and several bars where visitors can relax. The great diversity of events ranges from jazz to classical music and from the performance of international DJs to world music shows.

Palace of the Stock Exchange (Porto)
Featuring an imposing neoclassical façade, the former Porto Palace was built in the 19th century. Its most famous attraction is the Moorish Salon, of exuberant Moorish style and inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada, often used as a reception room for visiting heads of state. The majestic interior decoration includes sculptures, paintings and frescos by many Portuguese masters. The building also houses numerous cultural events and exhibitions, and also has a restaurant.

Serralves Museum (Porto)
Surrounded by vast gardens used for outdoor events, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art occupies a modern building designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. It has a remarkable collection of national and international works after 1960, and organizes a great variety of cultural events, among which concerts and educational workshops for children.

Ancient Chain of Relation (Porto)
The old and austere headquarters of the Court of Appeal is one of the most emblematic buildings in the history of Porto. Started in 1765, the triangular-shaped structure was designed to also house the arrest of the court, which today bears the name. Numerous personalities passed through their cells, including Camilo Castelo Branco, who wrote his famous novel Amor de Perdição while he was in custody. Since 2001, the building houses the Portuguese Photography Center, but continues to retain many of its original features.

Building of the Institute of Vinhos do Douro and Porto (Porto)
The building of the Douro and Porto Wine Institute is located in the heart of the historical center of Porto and houses the institution responsible for the quality and authenticity of Douro wines. In the entrance lobby, in stone, you can appreciate the most important dates in the history of the production of these wines. There is also a space dedicated to its promotion, which includes guided visits to the testing laboratories, wine tastings and a shop.

Jardim de São Lázaro (Porto)
Going back to 1834, the Jardim de São Lázaro is the oldest municipal garden in Porto and is filled with old lindens, magnolias and acacias, as well as flowerbeds, beautiful sculptures, a bandstand and a marble fountain that belonged to the convent of São Domingos.

Garden of the Cheerful Walk (Porto)
Situated on the banks of the mouth of the Douro, this beautiful romantic garden was inaugurated in 1870 and has centuries-old trees. Its fountain, designed by Nicolau Nasoni, is a national monument, and the Café Swiss Chalet was an important meeting place for intellectuals in the late 19th century. Flanked by beautiful avenues with palm trees, ancient araucaria and many other plants, the splendor and poetic beauty of Jardim do Passeio Alegre make it one of the most appreciated by the people of Porto.

City of Aveiro

Tomb of the Princess Santa Joana
Church Misericordia of Aveiro
S.Jacinto Nature Reserve
Maritime Museum of Ílhavo

The district of Aveiro captures the essence of a destination that we would expect to see in a travel book, with its gondola-like moliceiros, natural lagoons, elegant 19th century architecture and cobblestone walkways - it is a special place where the old modern.


Situated in the sub-region of Baixo Vouga, between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountainous areas of the contiguous districts, Aveiro presents a very varied landscape, characterized by a long sandy coast, a beautiful estuary and several parks and gardens.

Known as the "Portuguese Venice", the charming city of Aveiro is crossed by a canal and is considered one of the most charming destinations in the country, thanks to its colorful moliceiros, the buildings in pastel shades of Art Nouveau style and its quiet atmosphere urban - an ideal setting for your holiday.

While in town, visit the famous Fish Market - a traditional market that houses some of Aveiro's best seafood restaurants. Countless restaurants and a wide range of shops and bars are to be found in the surrounding area. Choose one of the traditional cafes as you stroll through the city and taste the soft, soft eggs that are the specialty of the district. You can also take a bike ride on the so-called BUGAS (the bikes provided by the camera), walk through the city's sparkling canal, the picturesque alleyways and explore some of the city's furthest attractions.

Places to visit

 

Religious architecture


Church of the Misericordia
This church is one of the most attractive examples of religious architecture in the district. Built at the end of the 16th century, this monument displays a traditional façade with blue and white tiles, renaissance elements in its porticoes and a wonderful selection of colorful tiles inside.

Convent of Jesus
Founded in the 15th century, this former Dominican convent is strongly associated with the most influential princess of Aveiro - Santa Joana de Portugal. Known for her devotion to the religion that lasted throughout her life, this princess entered the convent in 1472 and lived there until her death. Today, we can visit the marble tomb, and admire the Baroque motifs, the Manueline porticoes, the Manueline cloisters and the Mannerist chapels that embellish this historic monument.

Museums

Museum of the Vista Alegre
Aveiro is the birthplace of Vista Alegre's famous porcelain, an example of the long Portuguese tradition in ceramics. Set within the original factory where these delicate works of art are produced, this museum is one of the district's most visited attractions. Contemplate the historical traces of the earliest pieces of the brand, see the antique designs and learn how the tools used to create these porcelain marvels work, which have evolved over time.

Museum of Aveiro
Situated inside the grand Convent of Jesus, this museum is considered one of the most important sacred art in the country. It exhibits a collection of Portuguese paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, meticulous works of azulejos, pieces elegantly worked in gold and a vast collection of clothing, jewelry and relics.

Maritime Museum of Ílhavo
This museum displays an interesting selection of maritime ethnography of Aveiro, including fascinating examples of the first moliceiros, a variety of navigation tools and photos, as well as the largest collection of rare shells in the entire country. In 2003, this museum was awarded the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Prize for Contemporary Architecture for its modern design.

Nature

Infante D. Pedro Park
Spend a few hours away from the city center and enjoy quiet moments in one of Aveiro's most beautiful parks. Walk through the vast gardens, take a relaxing boat ride in one of the lagoons and visit the Museum of Hunting and Fishing located in this space - an ideal setting to spend a quiet afternoon.
 

San Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve
Located at the tip of the beautiful San Jacinto peninsula, between the sea and the estuary, this magnificent reserve is one of the most well-known natural sites in the country. Since its opening in the late 1970s, marshes, wild ponds and sand dunes have become a habitat for local flora and fauna, being considered a true bird sanctuary. Do not miss exploring this fantastic reserve, whether you prefer to walk along the pedestrian paths or take a stroll in typical Moliceiros.