Esposende is a small town located on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and a stopping point on the Portuguese Coastal Camino De Santiago.
Despite being home to numerous blue-flag white sand beaches, Esposende has yet to become known on the international tourist stage, which can only be a good thing.
Esposende is situated next to the Cávado River before it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. While the town has strong links to the fishing industry, Esposende’s history goes back to the Bronze Age. Within a few kilometres of the town are a number of well preserved and fascinating archaeological sites.
So, let’s take a look at things to do and see in 24 hours in Esposende.
With so many beautiful and wild beaches in this area, free from mass tourism, you will be spoilt for choice for a place to settle down, and enjoy a spot of sun-worshipping. The main beaches close to Esposende are Praia de Ofir and Praia Suave Mar, both of which are part of the Litoral de Esposende protected kandscape.
The beaches of Esponsede are the perfect place to try out surfing and kite-surfing. with three surf camps in the area and you can also hire paddleboards to get around the calmer estuary waters.
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Castro de São Lourenço
Castro de São Lourenço, is located a couple of kilometres from Esposende around two hundred metres above sea level, Dating back to the 4th century BC, many believe the village was occupied at various times up until medieval times.
Due to its vantage point high above the Cavado River. the site was part of a series of hill forts which controlled the region’s coastal shipping route.
Set among the pine forests on the hillside of São Lourenço. the village consists of granite houses and the remains of the three defensive ramparts.
Other sites of archaeological interest in the area include several dolmen type burial chambers, standing stones, and the medieval cemetery of Barreiras in nearby Fão.
Igreja da Misericórdia de Esposende
Located in the historical centre, the Igreja de Misericordia de Esposende is a Portuguese National Monument.
Built in the 17th century, the Baroque church is charming, if a little understated, with granite portals, and the town’s coat of arms on the gable.
Inside, the Crucifixion shrine in the Capala do Senhor dos Mareantes, is the main attraction. This image is set against a sculpted ensemble, with gilded sun rays, Mary, Joseph and the heads of angels.
Museu Municipal de Esposende & Museu Marítimo de Esposende
There are two museums in Esponsende; Museu Municipal and Museu Maritimo.
The Museu Municipal includes exhibits right back to the upper Palaeolithic to medieval times. There are finds from the Castro de São Lourenço, such as buckles, hairpins, coins, knives, spearheads and glassware.
There’s also material from the medieval cemetery in Fão, a Roman villa unearthed in Apúlia, and three Megalithic dolmens situated in the municipality.
The Museu Maritimo shares Esposende’s extensive maritime history with models, photographs and equipment salvaged from ships.
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Santuário da Senhora da Guia
The Santuario de Senhora sits on a hill high above the Atlantic Ocean. Rebuilt in 1970, it is well worth the climb up to enjoy views from the chapel including a garden, fountain, monumental cross, and statutes of people of importance to the area.
If you visit Esposende on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago, I hope you enjoy your 24 hours!
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