Espinho, Portugal

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Espinho's beach
Espinho's beach
Flag of Espinho
Coat of arms of Espinho
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 41°00′N 8°38′W / 41.000°N 8.633°W / 41.000; -8.633Coordinates: 41°00′N 8°38′W / 41.000°N 8.633°W / 41.000; -8.633
Country  Portugal
Region Norte
Subregion Grande Porto
Metropolitan area Porto
District Aveiro
Parishes 4
 • President Pinto Moreira (PSD)
 • Total 21.06 km2 (8.13 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 31,786
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)

Espinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ʃˈpiɲu] ( )) is a city and a municipality located in the Aveiro District, Portugal. It is located in both the Greater Porto and the Metropolitan Area of Porto. It is one of the smallest municipalities in Portugal and was until 1899 part of the Santa Maria da Feira Municipality.

In 2011, Espinho had a population of 31,786,[1] in an area of 21.06 km².[2]

The current Mayor is José Barbosa Mota, elected by the Socialist Party.

It is a beach resort and a zone of legal gambling with a casino - Casino Solverde. Its fair - Feira de Espinho, having been first organised in 1894, is well known in Portugal. The city is home to CINANIMA - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Animação, an international animation festival. The municipal holiday is June 16.


The city is the home of two Portuguese sports clubs: Sporting Clube de Espinho and Associação Académica de Espinho, and former Portugal national football team player Fernando Couto.



Population of Espinho Municipality (1900 – 2011)
1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2011
3691 11736 23084 32409 34956 33701 31786


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias):[3]

  • Anta e Guetim
  • Espinho
  • Paramos
  • Silvalde

Cities and towns[edit]

  • Espinho (city)
  • Silvalde (town)
  • Anta (town)
  • Paramos (town)
  • Guetim (town)


  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ Direção-Geral do Território
  3. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 44" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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