By booking a hotel near Ericeira, you’ll find yourself in one of the most visited places on Lisbon's coast, especially sought out by surfers. It has some of the most amazing beaches with ideal surf conditions. Ericeira itself is quite picturesque with quaint blue and white houses and several restaurants with great seafood on the menu. It also hosts International Surf Events and was nominated as a World Surfing Reserve by the international organization ‘Save the Waves Coalition’.
Things to Do In Ericeira
Relax in Foz do Lizandro Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the region where rocky seabeds predominate. It is a good place for beginner surfers, whose progress is aided by numerous surfing schools in the area. This is also probably the most family friendly beach in Ericeira with good beach facilities including great beach bars.
Discover one of the best beaches for surfing in Europe, Ribeira D'Ilhas. It hosts a round of the ASP World Tour Surf Championship and is located towards the northern part of town. This beach has great accessibility and parking, a bar and a lifeguard during summer.
Enjoy Fisherman's Beach, one of the most frequented beaches in summer, with a lovely bay and calm sea. It was once the port of arrival and departure of various sea-faring vessels. The beach has several facilities including straw hats, sun loungers and disabled access.
Head to the Chapel of St. Sebastian and admire its hexagonal dome and an interior fully lined with blue and yellow tiles. Located south of the village and built in the 18th century, the Santa Marta Chapel, which is dedicated to ‘Our Lady of Needs’, displays a beautiful gold and polychrome carved altarpiece.
Explore Ericeira Market with fresh fish, seafood, traditional flowers, fruits and vegetable stalls. On Fridays it fills up with locals in search of fresh seafood. You can also shop for handicrafts produced locally.
Taste the local gastronomy. ‘Açorda’ of Lobster (made with bread) and Lombaça (seafood stew with rice) are just some of the local fish specialities to try. Try sea urchins, the caviar of Ericeira. Also don’t forget to taste the typical sweets from Ericeira known as ‘Areias’ (butter biscuits). You can find a fine array of restaurants near Fishermen’s Beach.