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Located just 23 kilometres (14.5 mi) north of Sintra with convenient bus services, the charming coastal town of Ericeira is a delightful destination for a day trip. Evolving from its origins as a humble fishing village and a small port, Ericeira has blossomed into an exciting tourist hotspot, renowned among surfers yet still undiscovered by mass tourism. Let MADABOUTSINTRA.COM be your ultimate companion in optimising your Ericeira experience. Explore our curated recommendations for accommodation, dining, attractions, and activities. Enjoy the flexibility of booking hotels with confidence, thanks to our free cancellation options. Additionally, elevate your adventure with our selection of organised tours, designed to enhance your trip with convenience or add a touch of excitement.

Ericeira boasts a captivating coastline characterised by dramatic 30-metre-high cliffs and sandy coves, offering breathtaking vistas. Despite its evolution, the town retains much of its original charm, exuding a picturesque ambience. Its pristine beaches cater to visitors of all ages, making it an ideal destination for families. Moreover, Ericeira's proximity to nearby attractions such as Mafra and Sintra further enhances its appeal, positioning it as an excellent base for a memorable family holiday.


Ericeira's enchanting charm lies in its well-preserved medieval streets, characterised by cobblestone pathways flanked by whitewashed houses adorned with vibrant door and window trims. The bustling heart of the town is the vibrant Rua Dr Eduardo Burnay, linking the outskirts to the central square, Praça da República. Along this bustling thoroughfare, visitors can discover an array of eateries, bakeries (pastelarias), cosy taverns, and surf shops.

Renowned for its delectable seafood, Ericeira boasts a culinary scene centred around the freshest catches from its bustling fishing port, Porto de Pesca. Legend has it that the town's name traces back to "ouriços do mar," meaning sea urchin in Portuguese, highlighting its rich maritime heritage. For a taste of local flavours, visitors can explore the Municipal Market, located at the northern edge of town, where an abundance of fresh produce awaits.

Despite its traditional roots, Ericeira embraces a vibrant surf culture, attracting trendy bars, clubs, and weekend revellers from Lisbon and beyond. This fusion of tradition and modernity creates a dynamic atmosphere where surf enthusiasts and locals coexist harmoniously, united by their deep connection to the ocean. In Ericeira, the spirit of maritime heritage lives on, shaping its identity as a coastal gem cherished by locals and visitors alike.

History of Ericeira

Ericeira boasts a rich history dating back to the ancient Phoenician traders who arrived here in the first millennium BC. Its royal lineage traces back to 1229 when Dom Frei Ferdinand Rodrigues Monteiro, the Grand Master of the Order of Aviz, granted it its inaugural royal charter, establishing the County of Ericeira.

Throughout the 19th century, Ericeira flourished as a favoured retreat for royalty and Portugal's elite, leaving behind a legacy of grand residences that still grace the town today. The bustling port thrived as a global trading hub, connecting distant shores, including Brazil. However, with the advent of the railway, Ericeira's economic focus shifted from trade to fishing, shaping its maritime identity.

Ericeira holds a poignant place in Portuguese history as the site from which Dom Manuel II, Portugal's last King, fled to the United Kingdom on October 5, 1910, amid mounting Republican unrest. Fleeing the tragic memory of his father and older brother's assassination, Manuel sought refuge abroad, spending his remaining days in south London. Decades later, Ericeira served as a sanctuary for refugees escaping Nazi persecution, offering them a new home in this historic coastal town.
Ericeira History

Rua Prudêncio Franco da Trindade - Ericeira

Surfing Mecca

Ericeira Surfing
Ericeira was awarded the title of Europe's first and only World Surf Reserve in February 2011, a preservation programme with a mission to protect vital environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing areas. This recognition has elevated Ericeira into the same ranks as the Gold Coast, Australia and Santa Cruz, California. As a result, Ericeira hosts world championships. Not all the beaches here are for professional surfers. Ericeira boasts consistent swells and pristine conditions year-round, making it a mecca for wave enthusiasts from across the globe. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice eager to catch your first wave, Ericeira's diverse coastline offers waves suitable for every skill level. Join us as we dive into the world of surfing in Ericeira, where adventure meets relaxation, and every wave tells a story. Whether you're seeking an adrenaline-fueled escape or a tranquil beach retreat, Ericeira offers an unforgettable surfing experience you won't find anywhere else. [ More About ► ]

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Lisbon: Private Mafra, Ericeira, and Queluz 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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Tour to Ericeira in private tour

Tour to Ericeira in private Tour

The Vila da Ericeira is a prominent and old tourist centre located in the parish of the municipality of Mafra 35km (21 miles) from Lisbon. It forms part of the region known as Estremadura. Ericeira has beautiful sheltered bays and offers visitors a chance to experience this charming fishing village characterised by its white houses framed in blue.

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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.

Last but not least, to finish this special day, 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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Beaches for Bathing

The picturesque Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermans Beach) is the most centrally located within Ericeira. As its name suggests, it overlooks the fishing harbour. The beach is backed by tall sheer cliffs which offer shelter from Atlantic breezes. Its central position, along with its proximity to the towns amenities, makes Praia dos Pescadores popular with families but 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). It 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. There is a toddlers bathing pool at one end and 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 a lifeguard, changing rooms, toilets, showers, bars and cafés. There is 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

Museum Village (Aldeia Típica de) José Franco

In the quaint town of Sobreiro, nestled between Ericeira and Mafra, lies one of Portugal's most renowned miniature villages. Crafted by the skilled potter José Franco in the early 1960s, this intricate scale model village captures the essence of rural life in the Mafra region, showcasing its rich culture and traditions.

Step into this charming miniature world to discover tiny windmills, chapels, grocery stores, and wineries, each meticulously crafted to depict the essence of typical country life. You'll even find a miniature replica of the picturesque fishing village of Ericeira.

Adjacent to the model village is a reconstructed pottery workshop, complete with antique tools and artefacts, offering a glimpse into traditional craftsmanship. Explore life-size replicas of castle walls, windmills, and a children's park, or sample the region's wines at a small winery. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the bakery and indulge in freshly baked treats, completing your immersive journey through this captivating miniature world.
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 toiletries, a hairdryer and a shower in each room. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the property. Ericeira Soul Guesthouse offers a sun terrace.

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. In a town dominated by hostels and guesthouses, it continues to attract comfort-seeking travellers. It's a short stroll to the town centre and to 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, its menu is actually varied with a good selection of wines and prices 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 quite exotic and original and handcrafted by the friendly staff who are almost as sweet as their fare. Outside seating is available but 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 44.8km (28 miles) north-west of Lisbon Portela Airport Website

From Lisbon join the A8 and A21 north-west.
Latitude - 38º 57' 50" | Longitude - 09º 25' 02.1"


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