This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Espinho. To help you make friends with Espinho before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Espinho is a quiet, small but lovely coastal city located in the north of Portugal, in the municipality of Aveiro. Espinho is well known for its amazing seafood, friendly people, beautiful beaches and landscapes, and the nice and relaxed vibe, specially in summer. Espinho is easily reachable from the biggest cities like Lisbon or Porto (three hundred kilometers and thirty kilometers, respectively) by car, train, or bus (the last two options are more economical).
In summer, probably the best time to visit Espinho, you can start your day with a big breakfast in the esplanades in front of the ocean, then relax a little bit on the beach, take a coastal walk, or learn how to surf. This is one of the best places to surf in the north of Portugal, but even in summer, you will need to wear a suit, because the water is really cold. You can start your afternoon with a nice lunch (as Espinho is a fisherman city, try their amazing, fresh fish –- grilled, roasted, or fried, every option is amazing), and then walk through the city center to enjoy the lovely shops and local art crafts. At night, visit a shellfish restaurant to enjoy other typical dishes –- during your dinner, ask to try one of the amazing white or green wines made in the north area of Portugal. After that, you can enjoy a nice drink in a bar, visit the casino, or dance all night in the local discos. During your stay, don't miss the chance to visit Porto, the second-biggest city in Portugal (just forty minutes away) -– it's really worth it.
There are not many hostels in Espinho; most of the accommodations are small houses managed by families, so try to book in advance. Espinho hostels are clean and small, but affordable and with very friendly staff.
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