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Espinho region has archaeological vestiges stating that once an hill fort existed in the area, named “Castro de Orvil”, relating this region to ancient human occupation. Nevertheless, the origins of the Espinho town are from a group of fishermen from a nearby village that established in Espinho due to the fish abundance, namely the sardine, and started to spend some nights in the area, starting to build improvised wooden houses.
In the 19th century, Espinho transformed itself into a tourist destination, in a period when people were strongly advised to bathe in the sea because of its healing properties, and also because of the development provided by the construction of the railway, in 1870. From this period it is still possible to observe the colourful houses, with long balconies all over the Espinho coast.
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