Located at 45 minutes from Lisbon airport, Ericeira is a charming and traditional fishing village where the locals are very connected to the sea and surfers from all over the world come for the quality of the waves. The characteristics of the sea and the coast, where tall cliffs alternate with small sandy coves, the preservation of Mediterranean natural habitats and the surf culture make Ericeira a destination for surfers from around the world.
The beaches of Ericeira have some of the best waves in the country, in fact it is internationally recognized being the first and unique World Surfing Reserve in Europe. The part of the coast that is considered by the American organisation Save the Waves Coalition is 8km long and includes beaches that are a worldwide reference point for surfers, such as Ribeira de Ilhas, Coxos and São Lourenço beach.
The diversity of waves provides various degrees of difficulty and therefore excellent conditions for practicing surfboard sports, be it at a professional or elementary level. The most challenging waves are at Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira d’Ilhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos and São Lourenço. For who wants to try it for the first time or improve the surfing level with surf lessons, there are some waves more beginner’s friendly such as Foz do Lizandro, Algodio and Matadouro beach.
However, those coming to the village don’t have to be surfers to feel at home. Ericeira welcomes visitors from all over the world to its narrow streets and cosy atmosphere, its beach spirit and the feeling of being on holiday all year round.
The beaches close to the village at Pescadores or further away at Foz do Lizandro, are more sheltered and therefore suitable for families with children.
One of the biggest attractions of this region is its cuisine, full of traditional flavours of the sea. The fresh grilled fish is a must, but seafood is also very popular, particularly lobsters and sea urchins, which are raised in sea farms at Ericeira.
You will have the opportunity to surf and also to enjoy the other activities such as cultural trips to Mafra and Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage), tasting the local wines and visiting Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe continental.
Ericeira is also located on the coast between Cascais and Peniche both great surf spots witch are always great options to be explored.
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