This charismatic beach town has developed enormously during the 20th century due to the growing interest in it as a summer resort. It has, however, maintained its original character and its own individual atmosphere.
This ancient town that goes back to the XII century was once the safe passage and home of Phoenicians. Its name means Land of hedgehog clerk, posted due to the abundance of hedgehog clerk in its beaches.
Thorough the century’s local inhabitants have always been blessed by the sea, that even with its tempers, provided abundance of fish and shellfish that feed the nearest towns. It was however on the XIX century that Ericeira received special attention as a trade and costumes point. It was from these docs that the Royal Portuguese Family exit the country to exile ending the monarchic regime.
Its commercial heritage is now translated in a remarkable tourism flow driven from an excellent location and privileged weather conditions. More recently a wave took over creating enormous opportunities and boosting this small finishing economy. Surf, a nature sport captivate every year hundreds of people from all ages. Surfers and body-boarders constantly search for the best waves. With 850km of coastline, Portugal promises waves to suit every taste. This coastline is like one gigantic beach that is ideal for thrill-seekers. Ribeira d’Ilhas, ‘Coxos’ and ‘Super Tubos’ are world-famous, and by many the Meca of Portuguese surfing.
You don't have to be a surfer to enjoy Ericeira, as it is not only famous for its constant swells, but also for its healthy air, beautiful beaches and landscape, the excellent food served by local restaurants and its raving weekend parties.
Nearby golf courses, horse riding facilities or bike tracks and paragliding areas are just some alternatives to the life on the 8 sandy beaches of Ericeira.
300 days of sunshine, mild temperatures in winter and sea-breezed summers invite you to come all year long. A beautiful and completely redesigned, oceanfront 4* hotel, two family owned 3* hotels, one self-catering apart-hotel, several hostels and b&b's, a camping site with wooden bungalows, privately owned apartments and a selection of surf-camps offer lodging for all tastes. Studio visits at local artists, scrolling through handicraft shops, fashion boutiques and surf shops are just a few distractions that will make your visits worthwhile.
Fifty kilometres from Lisbon, in an easily accessible area, its beaches are very crowded during the summer, and are considered among the best in Europe for surfing. Ribeira d`Ilhas Beach, where one of the World Surfing Championship contests is held every year, is worth a special mention.
When visiting this town you will have to try the shellfish and fresh fish dishes, the speciality of the regional cuisine.
- Restaurants: Dom Carlos in Ericeira; phone : +351 261 866 371;
- Esplanada Furnas in Ericeira ; phone +351 261864870
- Best spots: Eribeira beach, Ribeira D’Ilhas e São Julião beach
- National heritage: Ericeira village and Mafra Palace
- Others: NEUHAUS – Chocolate Store in Historic Centre