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Only a 45-minute drive from Lisbon, the attractive town of Ericeira has managed to reinvent itself from being a fishing village and port to an exciting tourist attraction. Unknown to mass tourism yet famous to surfers, MADABOUTSINTRA.COM is your indispensable guide to maximising your experience. Search our indispensable recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, places to visit and things to see. Rest assured, book hotels with confidence when you take advantage of the free cancellation options. We also offer a selection of organised tours that can remove the effort out of your trip or add a sense of adventure.

Ericeira overlooks a dramatic coastline consisting of 30 metre high cliffs and sandy coves. Ericeira is well equipped to accommodate tourists yet prices still remain exceptional value for money. The town retains much of its original charm and continues to be very picturesque. The beaches here are superb and there's lots to see close by, such as Mafra and Sintra.


Ericeira, originally a fishing village

The town preserves its medieval layout with narrow cobbled pedestrianised streets lined with white lime-washed houses adorned with traditional coloured door and window trims. The town's main artery is the Rua Dr Eduardo Burnay that joins the outskirts to the main square Praça da República. Passing along its route are an abundance of eateries, bakeries (pastelarias), watering holes and surf shops.

The town is famed for its excellent seafood, restaurants serve the catch of the day from the Ericeira's working fishing port, Porto de Pesca. Legend has it the town's name is derived from "ouriços do mar" which means sea urchin in Portuguese. The rewards from the sea can also be found at the Municipal Market at the northern edge of town that opens most days and where you can find other great local produce.

Yet alongside the traditional side to Ericeira, there is the hyper-cool surf community. Swanky bars and clubs, attract partying weekenders from Lisbon and global wave jockeys who blend in somewhat seamlessly without demeaning the ambience of the town. Ericeira is a town dedicated to the ocean in times past, as it continues to be today.


Ericeira is an ancient town. It is thought the Phoenicians traded here in the first millennium BC. It received its first royal charter in 1229 by the then Grand Master of the Order of Aviz, Dom Frei Ferdinand Rodrigues Monteiro, who thus established the County of Ericeira.

During the 19th century, Ericeira became the royal family's favourite getaway spot who was promptly followed by members of the court and Portugal's aristocracy. Their legacy can be found in the various stately homes built here. The town also gained prosperity as a global port trading as far away as Brazil. The port's income switched from trade to fishing after the railway came.

Ericeira was also the spot from where Dom Manuel II – "The Unfortunate", Portugal's last King, fled to the United Kingdom on the 5th of October 1910 to escape an advancing Republican mob. With the assassination of his father and older brother fresh in his memory Manuel fled Portugal, sailed into exile and lived out the rest of his days in the south of London. A few decades later, Ericeira became a safe haven for refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. People from all over Europe's occupied countries settled here to add an international atmosphere to the town.

Ericeira History

Rua Prudêncio Franco da Trindade - Ericeira


Ericeira is a surfing mecca

Ericeira was awarded the title of Europe's first and only World Surf Reserve in February 2011, a preservation programme whose sole aim is to protect key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing areas. This recognition has elevated Ericeira into the same ranks of the Gold Coast, Australia and Santa Cruz, California and hosts world championships. Not all the beaches here are for professional surfers, there are a diversity of waves and conditions to suit all levels of competence and types of boards. In close proximity, there are twelve beaches suitable for surfing with rental shops and surf schools at hand.
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Ericeira And Mafra Amazing West Coast Tour

Ericeira And Mafra Amazing West Coast Tour

Take in the highlights of Portugal’s West Coast on this full-day tour and benefit from the personal touch of a small-group tour. Visit the water sports hub of Guincho Beach, the seafront towns of Cascais and Azenhas do Mar, and admire the views from Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. After lunch, explore the surf town of Ericeira and tour the magnificent Monastery and National Palace of Mafra.

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Private Tour Atlântico - Cascais Sintra & Ericeira

Private Tour Atlântico - Cascais Sintra & Ericeira

On this tour you will visit three villages within the area known as the Saloia region, passing through Cascais passing Guincho that is part of the natural park Sintra. Continuing by the Cabo da Roca, the most western point of mainland Europe. Pass through several beaches such en-route Let's take a stroll in Ericeira, considered a surfing reserve, full of grilled fish, tasty seafood, beautiful beaches, and traditional cakes.

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Surfing, Wine and History from Lisbon

Surfing, Wine and History from Lisbon

Your journey begins with a morning pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon, Cascais, Ericeira or Sintra. From there, enjoy a brief ride to Mafra, about 40 minutes from Lisbon, in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with free WiFi onboard. After Mafra venture to the quaint Portuguese one-of-a-kind village of José Franco. Next, head to Ericeira, the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe and 2nd in the world.

Finally, head to an exquisite winery and cellar for a tasting and historical experience that will provide you with a fascinating insight into the world of Portugal's wine production.

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The picturesque Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman's beach) is the most centrally located within Ericeira and, as its name suggests, overlooks the fishing harbour. The beach is backed by tall sheer cliffs which offer shelter from Atlantic breezes. Its central position with its proximity to the towns amenities makes Praia dos Pescadores popular with sun worshipers and families alike. However, it can seem a little crowded at peak times.

A short walk south from the town centre will take you to the Praia de Sul (Southern Beach) which is renowned for its golden sands and clean bathing water. The sheltered nature of the Praia de Sul makes it more suited to sunbathers, families and swimmers rather than serious surfing. A toddlers bathing pool at one end offers refuge from the waves. Running along the beach is a promenade where you will find a couple of restaurants with terraces.

Just over a mile South of Ericeira the river Lizandro flows into the sea and is where you'll find the largest expanse of sand within the area. The rear of the Praia da Foz do Lizandro beach opens up into dunes and a boardwalk where you can find plenty of amenities, including lifeguard, changing rooms, toilets, showers, bars and cafés as well as ample parking. The tamer waters of the river offer good paddling conditions for the little ones.

Ericeira Beaches

Praia dos Pescadores - Ericeira


Museum Village (Aldeia Típica de) José Franco

Museum Village (Aldeia Típica de) José Franco

Between Ericeira and Mafra is the town of Sobreiro where you will encounter one of the country's best-known miniature villages. The brainchild of the potter José Franco who created this scale village from clay during the early 1960s. The model village crystallises in time the country life of the Mafra region, its culture and its workings. The village contains miniature windmills, chapels, grocery stores, wineries, peasantry and even a reproduction of the fishing village of Ericeira. Adjoining the village is reconstructed pottery adorned and fitted with antique tools and objects. Also, there are life-size replicas of castle walls, windmills, a children's park, a small winery, where you can sample the region's wines, and a bakery.
Monday - Saturday: 09h00 - 18h00, Sunday: 10h00 - 18h00

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N116 34, 2640-401 Mafra, Portugal.
38° 57' 34.6"N | 09° 21' 13.1"W | +351 261 815 420


Ericeira Soul Guesthouse

Ericeira Soul Guesthouse

The Ericeira Soul Guesthouse is a popular choice for those who appreciate a warm, friendly environment within a great central location in Ericeira. This family-run business occupies one of the oldest buildings within the town yet has been tastefully modernised for your comfort. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi. You can find a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and a shower in each room. Buffet breakfasts are available daily at the property. Ericeira Soul Guesthouse offers a sun terrace. All-in-all Ericeira Soul Guesthouse proves to be a great choice for your money.

Travessa Santo António n°6 2655-361 Ericeira, Portugal.
38º 57' 54.8" N | 09º 25' 05.9" W

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Vila Gale Ericeira

Vila Gale Ericeira ★★★★

The hotel overlooks the Atlantic with sun terraces containing swimming pools and amazing views out to sea. The hotel was Ericeira's prime accommodation in its 1950s heyday, and in a town dominated by hostels and guesthouses, it continues to attract comfort-seeking travellers. It's a short stroll to the centre of town and to the Praia da Sul beach. Other facilities include a spa and gym, Some rooms include a balcony, and others offer sea views. All are equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, minibar and free WiFi. Vila Galé Ericeira's restaurant Ocidental serves fresh fish specialities and a selection of Portuguese wine. Guests can enjoy ocean views with a cocktail from the bar.

Largo dos Navegantes, 2655-320, Ericeira, Portugal.
38º 57' 37.3" N | 09º 25' 03.6" W

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GiG Capsule Hostel

GiG Capsule Hostel

GiG Capsule Hostel offers air-conditioned accommodation in Ericeira. Featuring a shared kitchen, this property also has a restaurant. The hostel also provides free WiFi as well as a paid airport shuttle service. All guest rooms in the hostel are fitted with a kettle. Every room is fitted with a shared bathroom with a hairdryer. All units will provide guests with a microwave. GiG Capsule Hostel has a terrace.

Largo do Cruzeiro, 2655-319 Ericeira, Portugal.
38º 57' 55.7" N | 09º 25' 07.1" W

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Tik Tak

A short stroll north of the main square is the popular Tik Tak restaurant. The reason for its popularity will become apparent as you're greeted by friendly staff and then treated to great food. Mostly renown for seafood Tik Tak's menu is actually varied with a varied selection of wines. Prices are reasonable. Portion sizes are typically generous but try to leave room for dessert!.

Monday - Friday: 19h00 - 23h00, Weekends: 12h30 - 23h00
7 Rua 5 de Outubro, Ericeira, Mafra 2655-255, Portugal. | 38º 57' 50" N | 09º 25' 2.1" W
+351 261 863 246 | Facebook

Blue Ice

There are enough flavours in this ice cream parlour to satisfy any ice cream addict happy for the duration of their holiday. Some flavours are exotic and original. All are handcrafted by the friendly staff who are almost as sweet as their fare. Outside seating is available, yet sadly card payments are not accepted.

33 Rua Dr. Eduardo Burnay, 2655-368 Ericeira, Portugal. | 38º 57' 47" N | 09º 25' 01.3" W
+351 261 861 662 | | Facebook

Only 28 miles (44.8km) north-west of Lisbon Portela Airport Website


From Lisbon join the A8 and A21 north-west.
Latitude - 38º 57' 50" | Longitude - 09º 25' 2.1"


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