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Sitting 35 minutes north of Porto, the popular coastal resort of Esposende is enviably bordered by a choice of sandy beaches. The town itself has a lovely selection of restaurants, cafes and a small selection of bars, both facing the coast and in the quaint historic centre. From Esposende, the best of the Costa Verde can easily be enjoyed, with the interesting cities of Viana do Castelo and Braga within a 30 minute drive.
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Enjoy some locally caught fish in the Costa Verde with plenty of supplies coming from the local fisherman, taste the fish grilled and freshly made with an array of different rices and vegetable sides. Most local restaurants serve both fish or meat platters, enough to keep all the family happy. Wash all these yummy delights down with some Vinho Verde or port which is specialist to the region.
With a selection of restaurants, cafes and a small choice of bars, whether you want to sample some local dishes, enjoy a casual pizza, or a couple of night caps, the small town of Esposende will be ideal for you.
Why not head further into the Costa Verde or even as far as the Douro Valley, where an abundance of vineyards can be found, tours arranged and wine tasted!
From the marina Esposende, you can catch a boat taking you on an hour and a half trip up the Cavado river, offering a relaxing experience that allows you to enjoy the unique landscape.
From Porto, around a 35 minute drive from Esposende, why not take a cruise into the heart of the Douro, whether you want to stop at vineyards on the bank of the river or sight see, there are plenty of different options available.
An hour and a forty five drive will take you into the heart of the Douro Valley, famed for its beautiful, unique landscape, with the Douro River meandering between through stunning countryside, and vineyard covered hills. It is certainly a sight to be seen.
Why not head to Caminha, just a 40 minute drive from Esposende, where you can take a short ferry journey or cross the bridge to Spain and experience the mix of both cultures in one day.
Santuario do Monte de Santa Luzia
Set high on a hilltop, Santa Luzia enjoys the beautiful views over the city, the river and ocean. Accessible by cable car, car or steps, this beautiful sanctuary dedicated to Santa Luzia and the Sacred Heart of Jesus begun its construction in 1904 and continued until 1959, architecturally inspired in a Roman-Byzantine style.
If you are a football fan, why not visit the home stadium of FC Porto, the Dragao Stadium, with guided tours usually available a few times a day.
Just 35 minutes’ drive from Esposende the colourful city of Porto is the second largest in Portugal, adorned with medieval relics, tall bell towers and baroque churches, this fascinating city is well worth a day visit during your stay. The birthplace of port, Porto has been a long standing mecca for wine enthusiasts, with many wine caves open for tastings. The historic centre, a Unesco World Heritage Site attracts many, with locals mingling on village style plazas lined with old storefronts.
The elegant city of Braga, is the third largest in Portugal, located around 30 minutes’ drive of Esposende, and well worth spending a day or evening exploring. Laced with ancient narrow streets and interesting buildings, with an upscale old town, packed with lively cafes, trim boutiques, excellent restaurants and low-key bars. Home to a number of impressive Baroque monuments, including one of the country's best-known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary.
Viana do Castelo
Just 25 minutes from Esposende, known as the jewel of the Costa Verde, the city of Viana do Castelo is blessed with an appealing medieval centre, and being situated by the Rio Lima estuary means that there are some lovely beaches just outside of the city.
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