Esposende and the Sea

Ivone Magalhães, Richard Furuta, Filipe Castro, Anna Linderholm


Esposende is a Portuguese city since 1993, with a population of around 34,000. Located on the coast, it has a long connection with the sea. Although the region has been occupied since the Paleolithic and is rich in archaeological remains, Esposende was granted a chart as a village in 1572, by king D. Sebastião ( 1554-1578).

The city long connection to the sea is the reason of this project, which intends to be an overview of its landscape and the story of its population, and its relations with the interior and the water.





We propose to develop here a set of computer tools that presents Esposende’s maritime landscape to a wide public from as many viewpoints as possible.

Megalithic Necropolis of Vila Chã

This plateau has been occupied since at last the Neolithic and presents a large number of megalithic (funerary) monuments and one menhir. It was first excavated in the 19th century…


See: Bettencourt, A., 2013. “Conjunto megalítico do planalto de Vila Chã, Esposende” in The Prehistory of the Northwestern Portugal. Braga:  CEIPHAR/CITCEM.


São Paio de Antas Menhir

Dating to the 3rd millennium BCE

São Bartolomeu do Mar Menhir

Arribadas Dolmen



Portagem Dolmen

This is a funerary monument dated to…


Rapído III Dolmen

This complex includes three megalithic tumuli. It has been dated to…

Castro de Lourenço 

Occupied since the 3rd century BCE,

Castro do Sr. dos Desamparados (CNS 12090)

Named after a 19th century church built nearby, this small fortified village was occupied from the Iron Age to the Roman period.