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Travel Guide of Ericeira in Portugal by Influencers

Ericeira is a civil parish and seaside community on the western coast of Portugal considered the surfing capital of Europe for being the only European spot among the World Surfing Reserves and due to the exceptional coastline conditions for the practice of Surf.

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Discover our travel guide of Ericeira in Portugal made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Ericeira:

  🏖️ Ocean     🏘️ Town     🏖️ Beach     🏖️ Shore     ⛰️ Cliff     🏖️ Coast  

Travel Tips for visiting Ericeira

Ericeira in Portugal, between beautiful waves and good vibes

Cliffs, beaches, narrow streets with white houses, the scent of the ocean, and a relaxed atmosphere borrowing as much from the surf culture as from the fishing village: 35 km northwest of Lisbon,

Ericeira is a nice getaway to escape from the Portuguese capital.

35 km northwest of the center of Lisbon, perched on a cliff and looking out over the ocean, Ericeira is a perfect excuse to leave the capital behind for a weekend. Home to an international community of seasoned surfers, it is also a pleasant seaside resort that combines beaches, sports activities, and seafood feasts. This is where Ericeira comes from a fishing town that got its name from ouriços (sea urchins in Portuguese), as there were dozens of them on its beaches.

Ericeira could have remained a small and quiet fishermen's town 

But from the 19th century, it became the seaside residence of the Portuguese royal family living in Mafra, a few kilometers away... Until the fall of the monarchy: on October 5, 1910, the royal family embarked in the port of Ericeira and went into exile in London.

Ericeira is nowadays known worldwide for its impressive waves.

 As early as the 1970s, the first surfers from the United States and Australia stopped here, their boards under their arms, ready to challenge the waves of the Portuguese coast.
Very quickly, Ericeira becomes a surfing spot and is recognized, in 2011, as World Surfing Reserve. The only holder of the title in Europe, Ericeira is thus endorsed by the champions of the practice.

They are called São Lourenço, Coxos, Crazy Left, Cave, Ribeira d'Ilhas, Reef and Pedra Branca. Breaking along 4 km on the coast of Ericeira, these seven waves have earned it the title of "World Surfing Reserve" in 2011. It is the only destination holding the title in Europe and specialists compare Ericeira to the "Seven Mile Miracle" on the north coast of Oahu, Hawai

Beyond the ocean, the heart of Ericeira beats to the rhythm of a relaxed and festive atmosphere, very much influenced by the surf. From stores to cafes and bars, Ericeira is a place where you can experience the "surf culture" - in all its fun and, at times, global standardization.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Ericeira

When to go to Ericeira?

With an average temperature of 21°C, Ericeira is pleasant all year round.

Beginners should try surfing between May and the end of August because the waves are suitable for it. Experienced surfers will choose to go between September and December: the waves are more powerful.

Good to know: the sea wind blows all year round, offering a refuge from the summer heat and sometimes some big gusts! A windbreaker can be very useful.

From Lisbon

  • By car: take the A8 freeway towards Leiria, then exit at Mafra and take the A21 to Ericeira.

  • By bus: go to the Campo Grande bus terminal (a ten-minute cab ride from the airport). There are buses from 8 am to 11 pm, every hour. It costs €7 per ticket and takes 75 minutes to reach Ericeira. 

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Mafra National Palace

  8.5 km (5.3 miles) away from Ericeira

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Boca de Inferno

  30.7 km (19.1 miles) away from Ericeira

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Vasco da Gama Bridge

  34.6 km (21.5 miles) away from Ericeira

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Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa

  36.1 km (22.4 miles) away from Ericeira

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Jardim do Torel

  36.5 km (22.7 miles) away from Ericeira

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25 de Abril Bridge

  36.8 km (22.9 miles) away from Ericeira

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Carmo Convent

  37.1 km (23.0 miles) away from Ericeira

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Parque Natural da Arrábida

  63.2 km (39.2 miles) away from Ericeira

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