The 10 Best Things to Do in Esposende, Portugal

January 18, 2018 Merry Kessler

Esposende (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ʃpɔˈzẽd(ɨ)]) is a city and a municipality in Braga District in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 34,254, in an area of 95.41 km². The city itself (the parish Esposende, Marinhas e Gandra) had a population of 9,197 in 2001. It gained city status on 2 July 1993. The present Mayor is Fernando Couto Cepa, elected by the Social Democratic Party. The municipal holiday is August 19. It is located on the Portuguese Way of the Camino de Santiago.
Restaurants in Esposende

1. Castro de St. Lourenco

R. de Sao Lourenco | Monte de S. Lourenço - Vila Chã, Esposende 4740-001, Portugal +351 253 960 100
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Castro de St. Lourenco

Reviewed By paradoxifl - Toronto, Canada

Definitely worth the drive up the hill. Really cool iron age and Roman ruins with a cute museum (bathrooms!) And great views. There's a couple buildings that are reconstructed, but most are original stone ruins. The explanations are in Portuguese and English. The staff speak French. Likely need a car, taxi, or bike to get here because it's really uphill in the woods out of town.

2. Dunar

Travessa Sra. das Neves 9, Esposende 4740-312, Portugal
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5 based on 63 reviews

Dunar

The Dun is a touristic animation company, having the license from the Directorate General of Tourism No. 39/2004, specializes in organizing outdoor activities and adventure sports. Operates within the pedagogy, sport and ecology.

Reviewed By Peter D

Marinho of Dunar guided my daughter (18) and me (56) on a wonderful 2 h quad ride this morning near Esposende in a wide range of landscapes, including dunes, beach and watchtower, river borders and fascinating Forests and hills with exciting dirtpaths and cobbled gradients. And especially, a very varied ride through all sorts of rural paths and tiny roads through the fields between tiny villages where you really get a feel for what quad riding is all about, even with as little experience as us. It was a first time for both of us, but our guide took care of that with clear explanations, relaxed care and safety consciousness. It's easy. You do need a driver's licence, but nothing else. Absolutely worth it!

3. Kook Proof

Rua da Central 5C, Esposende 4740-237, Portugal
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5 based on 40 reviews

Kook Proof

A collection of dedicated professionals, motivated and competent. Our team in Esposende, Portugal, is carefully selected to ensure quality and good service. Apart from that, expect a good laugh, great fun and a good ambience all day and night. Yes, we love this.Join us on a camp to learn kitesurf, improve your Surfing skills, go hiking or mountain biking or simply relax and enjoy the beach activi

Reviewed By ps2015467 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The kookproof team is a very professional team of kite instructors with the aim to learn students how to kitesurf and to ensure that everyone is having an amazing time. The team organises alternative events when the weather doesnt allow kitesurfing; lessons are not lost...MoreWe are glad you liked it. We love to teach kiteboarding and for us is very rewarding to see the students achieving their goals. Hope to see you here again in the future.

4. Piscinas Foz do Cavado - Esposende2000

Avenida Engenheiro Eduardo Arantes e Oliveira, Esposende 4740-204, Portugal +351 253 964 182
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4 based on 50 reviews

Piscinas Foz do Cavado - Esposende2000

Reviewed By 748mrf - London, United Kingdom

I found this local swimming pool club is perfect for the summer as it has a large swimming pool outside. But if it's cold you can always go inside the inside pools and Jacuzzi. There are a few facilities inside such as a cafe and a hairdressers, but as it is in the city centre you can always find whatever you want quickly. I would recommend it.

5. The Salt Flow

Avenida Antonio Veiga | Praça das Torres de Ofir, Esposende 4740-331, Portugal
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5 based on 15 reviews

The Salt Flow

The Salt Flow differs from others schools due to our very personalized lessons, our commitment to teach the best way we can and our professional qualification to give frequently feedback so our students can improve faster then usual. We are located in a protected area called Litoral North Park, covering 16 km of land and water, including two rivers, home of many preserved bird species. Although we are commited to serious teaching, we have a pretty cool and welcoming environment waiting for you.

Reviewed By Cary S - Breda, The Netherlands

Thanks guys for making me feel at ease before I went Surfing for the first time. Really relaxed owners giving you tips free of charge and helping you whereever they can. We rented surf boards for two days and although day number two was crazily...MoreThanks for your kind words. Awesome to had you here catching waves with us. Keep Surfing and sharing that good vibes of yours!

6. Espozende Surf School

Praca 15 de Maio | Praia Suave Mar, Esposende 4740-287, Portugal
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5 based on 12 reviews

Espozende Surf School

EspoZende Surf School is an official school of the Portuguese Surfing Federation, which has excellent conditions for learning Surfing and Bodyboarding at Suave Mar Beach in Esposende. As the name implies, Espo "Z"ende with "Z", intends to bridge the sport already practiced more than 20 years ago by the county, when Esposende still wrote with "Z" and bring back such a great tradition. Come learn with us and know this sport in the middle of a privilege of Nature, EspoZende!

Reviewed By 325luis30 - Esposende, Portugal

The best surf School in Esposende. Very friendly staff, always willing to help! Very good accomodations! Thanks for everything guys!Hi Luis! Thank you for your feedback! I hope see you again. Best Regards, ESS Team

7. Santuario da Senhora da Guia

Belinho | Belinho, Esposende, Portugal
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Santuario da Senhora da Guia

Reviewed By Luis S

Try the stairs from the parish church of Belinho and climb up to the sanctuary (passing an excellent example of bad urban planning and peculiar 'building rights') to a very well thought-out sanctuary with statues and gorgeous views.
There is also a road for vehicular access and plenty of parking space, as well as picnic spots.

8. ElementFish

Caminho Padre Manuel de Sa Pereira 1, Esposende 4740-405, Portugal
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5 based on 7 reviews

ElementFish

Our beach-side camp is right at the Atlantik ocean - beatifully situated in the dunes of the Ofir nature park. In our spacious premises and our huge garden you will easily find a place for yourself to relax and let go. Also the surf beach in front of the house is usually empty. The rooms: 4x bright & friendly double rooms (two rooms share one bathroom/toilet) 1x 4-bed room (extra bathroom/toilet) 1x 6-bed room (extra bathroom/toilet) Extra beds are available if travelling with family or if you want to have a room just for the three of you Amenities Dreamlike location directly at the ocean and in the dunes (priceless!) Free wifi Hugh terasse with fantastic view over the lagoon of Ofir BBQ Lounge with music, TV & DVD player + kicker table 2500 m2 garden with various chill-areas Bar with fresh coffee, cold drinks

Reviewed By Christina1808 - Ulm, Germany

Ich war Ende Juni im Elementfish Kitesurfcamp und kann nur gutes berichten! Die Anlage war super: direkt am Meer (mit unglaublich schönen, menschenleeren Stränden), gepflegt, gute Zimmer, toller Aufenthaltsbereich, Pool und eine sehr entspannte Atmosphäre. Das Essen war richtig lecker (klasse Frühstück, Abends: Hähnchen, selbstgemachte Pizza, Curry,...)! Alles war toll organisiert. Yoga mit Vicky hat mir sehr viel Spaß gemacht und eine tolle Massage konnte man auch buchen. Der Kitesurfspot ist fußläufig zu erreichen und sehr gut für Anfänger geeignet und (für mich sehr wichtig) man muss keine Angst haben aufs offene Meer hinauszutreiben (es ist vergleichbar mit einem Fluss). Als es einen Tag keinen gescheiten Wind hatte, wurde eine SUP Tour und eine kleine Einführung ins (wellen-)surfen für uns organisiert. Mit mir waren auch noch ca 10 Alleinreisende Leute da zwischen Mitte 20 und Mitte 30 und zwei Pärchen - man hat also schnell Anschluss gefunden und wir saßen fast jeden Abend lange bei Wein zusammen. Es war wirklich eine schöne Woche und ich überlege schon, wann ich wieder kommen kann :)

9. GKS Go Kite School

Centro de Atividades Náuticas - Forum Esposendense, Esposende 4740-204, Portugal
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

GKS Go Kite School

Reviewed By BeauJeanne

These guys totally understood what kitesurfing is about; they breathe the surfers spirit! All very skilled in multiple adrenalin sports, they are very professional when it comes to security, while taking it to the next level. As they're not focused on mass tourism, having a smaller school, they're able to give a lot of personal attention. And not to forget..they're just very nice and a lot of fun! Heartwarming to see how a bunch of friends realize to just do what they love and share that with others. Very nice experience. Highly recommended!!

10. ImagineTours

Esposende 4740-270, Portugal
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5 based on 3 reviews

ImagineTours

ImagineTours is created with the aim of providing transfers and tours in Northern Portugal, showing all the tourist richness and beauty of this area. For us each customer is special therefore we believe that every experience must be unique. We offer a wide choice of Regional and Thematic tours and Tours "A la Carte", as well as transfer services. Therefore, we invite you to come and discover with us the best kept secrets of Northern Portugal.

Reviewed By ando2016 - Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Airport Pickup and drop off good and reliable. They do trips and tours 7 seater for four with luggage was very comfortable.

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