Welcome to Ericeira - unique in Portugal

Ericeira - often called the Portuguese Mecca of Surf - has become one of the best known surfing destinations in Europe. Due to the constant swells and excellent breaks its coastline offers, the town's beaches were the first in Europe to be dedicated a World Serving Reserve honor. There are waves during the whole year, in winter even big wave riders find their ultimate challenge and in summer its never too small to throw an aerial 360. ;

Besides of offering excellent conditions which attract more and more people each year, Ericeira has managed to remain its charm. The historical center of Ericeira continues to be a typical South European fishermen village proud of its long history, which dates back to the Phoenicians and got its Charter in the 12th century. Three major churches, the typical wall-tiled buildings and cobbelstone streets are omnipresent examples of the typical beautiful Portuguese architecture. ;

Ericeira is also famous for its gastronomy. On weekends mainly people from near Lisbon visit Ericeira's restaurants looking for fresh fish and shellfish. ;

Beach, Sun, Surf and Relax

In summer Ericeira is a tourist resort of excellence. The water might be a bit colder than the Mediterranean and the climate a bit rougher, but the beaches, washed daily by Atlantic waves, offer cleanest water and unpolluted air rich in healthy mineral salts. During the bathing season most of Ericeira's beaches are watched by lifeguards. Beach bars offer cold drinks and local snacks while you spend a long day on the beach. Public toilets and showers, sunshade rental and access for disabled are standard services. ;

If a lazy day on the beach is not what you have in mind, we offer surf board rental and surf lessons. Come on, try it... you'll see how much fun it is! ;

Jantar, Caipirinha e Festa

Evenings in Ericeira start with a great meal in one of its many restaurants. Fresh fish from the grill or seafood dishes in one of the "Marisqueiras" are specialties of Ericeira's gastronomy. here you find typical recipes like "Sopa de Cabozes" (crab, whiting-pout and mussel soup), "Caldeirada" (a rich fish, shrimps and mussels stew) or "Arroz de Marisco" (crabs, lobster and clams rice stew) are a gastronomical must to try. But you also have a great variety of steak houses, Italian cuisine, sushi and of course pizza, burgers and toasts. ;

After dinner you should try a tasty Caipirinha or a Mojito in one of the busy bars. Nightlife goes on until early morning hours. The oceanfront nightclub Ouriço ("Sea Urchin") is the oldest still operating nightclub in Portugal and will be celebrating in August 2021 its 60 years of existence with a traditional firework. It's the place to be seen and sometimes you have to wait a bit to pass the line !
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