Ericeira Travel Guide

  • Ericeira
    by halikowski
  • Ericeira
    by halikowski
  • Ericeira
    by halikowski

Ericeira Highlights

  • Pro
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     good food, good waves, friendly people 

  • Con
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     tourist development has gone bit crazy 

  • In a nutshell
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     nice little fishing village, with some of the best waves in the world 

Ericeira Things to Do

  • Praia do Sul

    At the southern end of town, this is, maybe, the best bet combining distance and quality. It's not difficult to walk there from town, and you'd better do it, because the parking is small.A great hotel where I've never been - Vila Galé, a known chain - dominates the beach.

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  • Beach

    Why not? It is small, in the good days risks to be full, but it is there, the sun invites and, usually, is not dangerous. It never was my first idea in Ericeira, because... never happened, that's all.Of course, this is only one of the main options nearby, not the best, to be honest, but really close to town.

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  • Fountains

    Many beautiful corners of Ericeira are embellished by the old fountains, now useless, but still decorative, even under the rain. They were built in the decade of 1920, when Ericeira became an important summer destination, needing to supply water to a few more thousand dwellers.

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  • St Pedro Church

    This modest church from the XV century, has a rich interior, "impossible" to appreciate or to photograph under the dimmed light of a dark winter day (yes, in Portugal, there are a couple of dark days each winter!). The cross at the entrance was built in the XVIII century.

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  • Saint Sebastian chapel

    At the north entrance of town, this small chapel stands alone in the middle of a parking lot, shared by cars and boats. It's a simple building coming from the fifteen or sixteen centuries, with one particularity: all the interiot, even the roof, is covered by tiles.Entrance is free.

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  • Public Library

    Ericeira's public library is installed in the Cultural House Jaime Lobo e Silva, maybe the most beautiful building in Ericeira. With more than 17000 books and a multimedia section, it may be useful for those staying more than the few hours we always have in each (frequent) visit.

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  • Mafra's harbour

    When the kings started to use Mafra's palace, in the 16th century, Ericeira became the port for royal use. If was from there that our last king left to exile. The city of Ericeira has grown, but the port seems to remain almost untouched. The (now) useless defenses are still present in the rocks.

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  • Typical Houses

    It's nice to stroll in the old central quarter of Ericeira. The old houses are maintained and painted according to the traditional colours, and the comercial activities are discreet, respecting the harmony of the whole.

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  • The beaches by Ericeira.

    The beaches by Ericeira are long and wide and has a good surf.Because of that surfers rom all over the world come there.Be ware though that the waves are quite big and the water quite cold as this is the atlantic and the portugese west coast.Nevertheless the beaches are real pretty and there is space for everyone.

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  • SUNSET

    Right before sunset the whole town gathers at the ocean to watch.You can spend few evenings in Ericeira and nothing happens.....you began to wonder, why everybody gathers at the ocean every evening? don't they have anything better to do?And then one evening...........then you know why!And from that day on, you will be there every day.....

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  • Fishing port in Ericeira

    Fishing port is a great place to take a walk everyday. There is always something to see as the time goes and the sea changes.

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  • Ericeira beach

    The ocean is cold, but there is plenty of sun.The bed is 2 Euro and umbrella is 2 Euro, so you have to pay 6 Euro for two people. There are also free umbrellas provided by the town, but they are on the back of the beach....and there are no beds.

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  • Surfing

    There are lots of breaks to surf here. You can surf on either low and high tides at different beaches plus an awesome reef break at Ribemar. Double overhead and a tricky sore break, it's all there. Mix it up with with the local pros!Check out Rapture Surf camps and on facebook, good pics and contacts.

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  • Ericeira Streets - 4 of 4

    Ericeira is a surprisingly beautiful town that will charm you immediately and that you will never forget. Here streets are lined with typical whitewashed houses with blue window surrounds, and it shows that its residents are proud of it. It is very clean and well maintained.

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  • Ericeira Streets - 3 of 4

    Ericeira is a surprisingly beautiful town that will charm you immediately and that you will never forget. Here streets are lined with typical whitewashed houses with blue window surrounds, and it shows that its residents are proud of it. It is very clean and well maintained.

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  • Ericeira Streets - 2 of 4

    Ericeira is a surprisingly beautiful town that will charm you immediately and that you will never forget. Here streets are lined with typical whitewashed houses with blue window surrounds, and it shows that its residents are proud of it. It is very clean and well maintained.

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  • Ericeira Streets - 1 of 4

    Ericeira is a surprisingly beautiful town that will charm you immediately and that you will never forget. Here streets are lined with typical whitewashed houses with blue window surrounds, and it shows that its residents are proud of it. It is very clean and well maintained.

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  • Praia dos Pescadores

    This beach is located in the center of the village. It is a small beach, very apreciated because the peer makes the beach a very safe one for children. As a result of that, years of sea blocking have turned the peer into ruins. Even the lighthouse it once had is now in the bottom of the sea.In the sand you can find places to play beach volley,...

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Ericeira Hotels

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  • Residencial Camarao

    Avenida do Espirito Santo 32, Ericeira, 2655-275, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel VilAzul

    Calcada da Baleia n0 10, Ericeira 2655 - 238, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Beachtour Ericeira

    Rua Mira Parque 2 A, Ericeira, Estremadura, 2655-213, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Ericeira Restaurants

  • A good lunch

    Ericeira is a known place where people from Lisbon and surroundings go to eat seafood. Some restaurants are famous, meaning long lines at the doors, and, sometimes, a fat bill. Tired of it, I tried this small restaurant in the main commercial street, and came out very satisfied. The food was excellent, the people very friendly, and the bill very...

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  • Good Seafood

    Another day in Ericeira and another positive experience in a new restaurant.This one is called Tik-Tak and it's located near the center. We had good prawns, fried and grilled, with a tasty salad. The desert was also well prepared and presented.A short wine list, but well balanced and priced.The ambiance is sober and with good taste, with paintings...

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  • Snailssss.....

    Nice little cafe where we have seen local young guys eating day before. Just a place to stop for a cold beer and plate of caracoles (snails) We had there plater of tiny caracol for 3.10 Euro, (see picture)

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  • Grandma's food!!!

    If you are looking for a nice place to eat in VERY TOURISTY Ericeira, go to America. Restaurant is owned by two older people. Grandma is cooking and grandpa is serving. Their kids and grandkids are coming for dinner every night. Other than that, the restaurant is TOURIST FREE!!!! My favorite!!! Food is great. It is typical Portugeese food. I guess...

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  • seafood - not cheap but good

    nice place to stop for quick lunch or dinner.It is quite expensive, and owner speaks English too well (wonder where the prices came from).There is plenty of local people eating....they are either very rich or....the prices are different for them.The food is great, but more expensive than in good restaurant in New York.

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  • Excellent all round food

    The food is fantastic! Good portions and very good service. Large outdoor dining area in very cute cobbled street. Steak, seafood, all good

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Ericeira Local Customs

  • Fishing

    Ericeira was, in the 18th century, one of the more important fishing places of Portugal (the proximity of Lisbon being the reason). The conditions of the harbour are hard, and the development moved that importance to other ports - in Lisbon's area, for instance, Peniche and Sesimbra.Tourism became the first activity, but fishing keeps present,...

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  • Popular events

    In the small villages of Portugal, mainly in the north, during summer, is common to find some festivities, with not much than an opportunity for meeting people and chat. Some (generally bad) music, popular cakes and vendors, and that's all. I was not expecting it in winter, in a touristy place like Ericeira, but... I found it. Funny!It happens in...

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  • sea and wind - no fridge needed

    Walking on the streets of Ericeira you can find laundry lines outside of the windows, but instead of laundry, Ericeirans dry the fish on them. That is the local way, people preserved fish for years.See pictures

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Ericeira Off The Beaten Path

  • Seafood Vivariums in the Furnas

    Eating seafood is "mandatory" in Ericeira, and you may stroll on the cliffs, watching the holes made in the rocks to keep the lobsters (now empty, I think). Most people use these cliffs to lay in the sun, catching the strong iodine.

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  • Foz do LIzandro

    In 1971 I was taken at night to a terrific place for military training. I had to descend in slide, from a steep hill to what seemed to be a beach. 36 years later I went back to that place, about 10 km south of Ericeira, and... terrific? My God! How subjective things can be. It's a common empty beach, with a calm small river and... the hills of...

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  • Pillory

    Medieval symbol of justice, most of the small towns with discreet history are proud of their pillory. Ericeira is no exception, and in 1924 they reconstructed it, with the original stones, buried in place when Ericeira was lowered from "vila" to "freguesia". Dated from the XIV century it still keeps the rings were the convicted were tied.

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Ericeira Sports & Outdoors

  • Surf the heavy reefs

    Well, if you bodyboard or surf you have heard of Ericeira with its many reefs, points and beach breaks.Withing 10Km you can find something for anybody. Heavy 12 foot reefs, super shallow and hollow reefs. Nice reefbreaks, good pointbreaks.And the beauty is, that with any swell directions, some reef or beach will be going off, and it will start 1...

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  • Ribeira D'Ilhas Beach

    This beach has been considered one of the best beaches in Europe to surfing. Since 1985 it is one of the stages of the World Surf Championship.

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Ericeira Favorites

  • Christmas decorations

    See the Christmas decorations in the streets, in spite of such a light glowing, resplendent, brilliant, bright day !!!

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  • Roofs

    See the nice form of the roof, and the Christmas decoration on a balcony, in such a clear sunny day !!!

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  • Surfing in the ...

    Ericeira is already known for surfing world wide by professionals or for simple lovers of the sport.

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