Espinho Casino at night
|Coordinates: 41°00′N 8°38′W / 41.000°N 8.633°WCoordinates: 41°00′N 8°38′W / 41.000°N 8.633°W|
|• President||Pinto Moreira (PSD)|
|• Total||21.06 km2 (8.13 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,000/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.
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.
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.
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.
The oldest golf club in Portugal and Spain is also located in Espinho, Oporto Golf Club.
Main Church in Espinho
Major pavilion in Espinho
|Population of Espinho Municipality (1900 – 2011)|
Administratively, the municipality is divided into 5 civil parishes (freguesias):
- Anta e Guetim
Cities and towns
- Espinho (city)
- Silvalde (town)
- Anta (town)
- Paramos (town)
- Guetim (town)
- Esmojães (town)
- Instituto Nacional de Estatística
- Direção-Geral do Território
- Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 44" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- Municipality official website
- Anta Village official website
- Silvalde Village official website
- Espinho Club official website
- Espinho TV official website
- Photos from Espinho