Originally a fishing village consisting of wooden houses ("palheiros"), the town was transformed in the nineteenth century into a seaside resort, becoming one of the most popular in a period when people were strongly advised to bathe in the sea because of its healing properties.
Nowadays, it is a lively city with a long and extensive beach, but it also offers visitors a thalassotherapy centre, the oldest golf course in the Iberian Peninsula, founded by British citizens at the end of the nineteenth century, a Casino and a full range of hotel accommodation.
Amongst its various annual events are the Music Festival in June and the Cartoon Festival in November.
Located to the south of Espinho while still a continuation of its sands, Silvalde Beach adjoins the similarly named settlement, a parish whose origins stretch far back into history and whose inhabitants long ago took up agriculture and fishing.
Defined by two breakwaters, and accessed by a seaside walkway next to the centre of Espinho, Baía Beach is the most popular in the city.