Espinho, Portugal

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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
Metropolitan areaPorto
 • PresidentMiguel Reis (PS)
 • Total21.06 km2 (8.13 sq mi)
 • Total31,702
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)

Espinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ʃˈpiɲu] (listen)) 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, 16 km from its city centre. It is one of the smallest municipalities in Portugal and was, until 1899, part of the Santa Maria da Feira Municipality.

In 2021, Espinho had a population of 31,027, a slight decrease from the previous census in 2011, when 31,786 were registered,[1] in an area of 21.06 km².[2]

The current Mayor is Miguel Reis, elected by the PS.

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, and FEST - New Directors New Films Festival, an international film festival. The municipal holiday is June 16.



The city, known as the volleyball capital in Portugal, is the home of nine Portuguese sports clubs: Novasemente/Cavalinho, Sporting Clube de Silvalde, Associação Desportiva de Anta, Clube de Voleibol de Espinho, Sporting Clube de Espinho, Associação Académica de Espinho, Academia de Ténis de Espinho, Clube de Ténis de Espinho and Associação Desportiva Rio Largo.

Sporting Clube de Espinho and Associação Académica de Espinho are regular presences in the Portuguese Volleyball First Division. The first one is the Portuguese team with more titles (including a CEV Cup, formerly known as CEV Top Teams Cup) and the second one was once national champion.


Sporting Clube de Espinho (Os Tigres da Costa Verde) plays in Campeonato Nacional de Seniores, the third football championship in Portugal.

Former Portugal national football team player Fernando Couto, Olympiacos coach Vítor Pereira, the olympic medalist António Leitão and volleyball players, such as Miguel Maia and João Brenha, were born in Espinho.

Beach Volleyball

The city hosted the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, between the 28th and 30 July. Espinho also hosted the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 2019, between the 16th and 21 July.[3]

Beach Soccer

The city hosted the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, between the 9th and 19 July.[4]


Surf event Espinho Surf Destination is an annual event held in Espinho, organized by the World Surf League.


The oldest golf club in Portugal and Spain, Oporto Golf Club, is also located in Espinho.[5]



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

Espinho is also home to a significant Madeiran immigrant community.


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias):[6]

  • Anta e Guetim
  • Espinho
  • Paramos
  • Silvalde

Cities and towns[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]


  • Carlos Guimarães Pinto (born in Espinho, Portugal, in 1983), a Portuguese economist, author, university professor, think tank executive, blogger and politician. A prominent member of the Liberal Initiative party.


Fernando Couto, 2011


  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ "Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país". Archived from the original on 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  3. ^ "Home - Espinho FIVB". Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Matches". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Oporto Golf Club". Portugal Golf. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 44" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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