Espinho, Portugal

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Espinho
Municipality
Espinho Casino at night
Espinho Casino at night
Flag of Espinho
Flag
Coat of arms of Espinho
Coat of arms
LocalEspinho.svg
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
Government
 • President Pinto Moreira (PSD)
Area
 • Total 21.06 km2 (8.13 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 32,786
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Website http://www.cm-espinho.pt

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 Pinto Moreira, elected by the Social Democrat 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.

Sports[edit]

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 is also playing 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.

Surf event Espinho Surf Destination is an annual event held in Espinho, organized by the World Surf League. The city will also host 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, between 9 and 19 July.

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

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Demographics[edit]

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

Parishes[edit]

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)

References[edit]

  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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