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Ericeira: a Top Surf Spot Just an Hour from Lisbon

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Known for its fine sandy beaches, small coves, waves prized by surfers around the world, and tranquil atmosphere, Ericeira is a perfect day trip from Lisbon. This small Portugal town will delight travelers seeking a relaxing seaside retreat, a perfect place to enjoy the Silver Coast and learn more about the history of Portugal‘s fishing traditions.

Is Ericeira, Portugal worth visiting?

Since the mid-1970s, Ericeira has become a favorite spot of the Portuguese surfing community and quickly gained worldwide fame. This seaside town offers not only beautiful beaches and a variety of sports activities, but also a vacation atmosphere designed to relax and enjoy the salty air. 

It also retains the authentic atmosphere of a small sleepy fishing village, which you can immerse yourself in by wandering through the streets of the center, filled with white and blue houses and seafood restaurants. 

Make sure to visit Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermen’s Beach) and its small port. It was from this beach that the Portuguese royal family (the last in power) fled to the United Kingdom during the 1910 revolution. 

The most beautiful beaches in Ericeira

Things to do in Ericeira - Quoi faire à Ericeira

The first thing you’ll want to do on this day trip to Ericeira is enjoy the vast open sea. Head to Praia da Baleia (also known as Praia do Sul), near the city center, to gaze into the sapphire blue ocean and admire the Vila Galé Hotel in the distance. Unlike most other beaches in the area, it’s sheltered from the wind, making it a great place to just lie on the sand and sunbathe. 

Families will prefer the fine sand of Praia da Foz do Lizandro, just south of the city center. It’s a bit busier, but it’s also much better equipped, with plenty of facilities, including parking, toilets and showers, restaurants and bars on the beach, and a lifeguard station. Big waves don’t make it all the way out here so the water is a lot calmer, too.

As for the advanced surfers, they’ll want to head to Praia dos Coxos and Praia Ribeira d’Ilhas, which are known for their waves and the international competitions that are held there every year. 

Learn how to surf during your day trip to Ericeira

As of 2011, Ericeira boasts the title of “World Surf Resort”, the only one in continental Europe. The recognition by the Save the Waves coalition aims to protect the ecosystem of the surfing zone, which extends for more than 8km along the coastline. 

You’ll soon notice the big waves around this small village on the Atlantic coast. They are indeed very impressive! There are several world-class surfing spots for enthusiasts of all levels and for the curious to try their hand at the sport.

And with more than 40 surf schools to choose from in Ericeira alone, it is very easy to book a session. In fact, it’s one of the best things to do in Ericeira. Also visit the World Surf Reserve Interpretation Center, located above the Tourist Office, to learn about the different waves in the area and their characteristics. 

Ready to take on the waves? Don’t be caught off guard – the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are very cold, even in the summer. For this reason, a wetsuit and booties are an essential part of your equipment to fully enjoy this marine adventure. 

Here are a few places and surf schools in Ericeira where you can book surf lessons:

Where to eat during your day trip to Ericeira

  • Balagan: A place for surfers, digital nomads and vacationers looking to get a coffee or a meal with a view.
  • Restaurante Mammy: The name of this restaurant may not seem impressive, but the dishes are worth a visit. The grilled octopus promises to delight your taste buds.
  • Mar das Latas Wine & Food: Make sure you have a front-row seat to the Ericeira sunset show by opting for a terrace seat at this friendly wine and seafood bar overlooking the ocean.
  • Kayak Bar: To grab a bite and sip a cocktail without leaving Praia dos Pescadores. Settle into the hammocks at this small establishment and instantly go into relaxation mode.
  • Barbatana Surf & Deli: Located at Praia da Foz do Lizandro, this laid-back restaurant welcomes families and surfers to grab a fresh-squeezed juice, an acai bowl or a burger.

How do I get from Lisbon to Ericeira, Portugal?

How to get to Ericeira from Lisbon - Comment se rendre à Ericeira depuis Lisbonne

Getting from Lisbon to Ericeira is quite straightforward. There are a few options available depending on your preferences and budget. Located about 35 km northwest of the Portuguese capital, it can be reached in less than an hour by car or bus from Campo Grande train station. This is definitely one of the most fun day trips from Lisbon!

  • Ericeira by bus: Carris Metropolitana operates regular bus services from Campo Grande bus station in Lisbon. The journey typically takes around 80 – 110 minutes. Tickets can be purchased directly at the bus station or online.
  • Ericeira by car: If you have access to a vehicle, you can take the A8 and A21 expressways. The car journey usually takes about 45 minutes. 

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