Welcome to Ericeira, the surfing capital of Europe and the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe.
Located just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon centre, Ericeira is a quaint fisherman village that oozes Portuguese charm, tradition and surf history. Here you’ll find an exceptional coastline that covers seven world-class waves in a space of only 4 km.
Ericeira is the home to Portugal's first and largest surfing association, the Ericeira Surf Clube. Founded in 1993, the club started to organise local, regional and national competitions in surf, bodyboard, kneeboard and longboard throughout the years as well as opening surf schools to train local athletes and visiting tourists who wanted to learn how to surf.
The diversity of waves in the area, along with their various degrees of difficulty, offer consistent opportunities for all levels of surfers, from beginners to professionals.
The best surfing beaches are known as the coastal belt: Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira d’Ilhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos and São Lourenço. And Ribeira d’Ilhas routinely hosts the Quiksilver Pro Portugal each year, an ASP men’s prime professional contest.
The town centre sits up on a cliff sheltering a port where fishermen beach their boats and unload their fish, octopuses, and lobsters. The town centre is a beautiful place to lose yourself in its maze of narrow cobbled streets, flanked by charming white cottages with blue-painted corners, grouped around the parochial church whose interior boasts a coffered ceiling and tiles with coloured edges.
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“A world-famous destination for surfing within easy reach of Lisbon, Ericeira offers an incredible quality of life for those who want to embrace the surf-before-work culture.”
David Moura-George, Managing Director, Portugal & Real Estate Specialist
What makes Ericeira such a great destination?
Renowned for the quality and consistency of the waves, Ericeira is a world-class surf zone that has a variety of waves ranging from beach breaks to powerful reef breaks, including iconic spots such as Ribeira d’Ilhas and Coxos. Its best surf season is from Fall-Spring (October-May). It is an area of exceptional beauty, dominated by rocky cliffs and punctuated by beaches located in small bays, the waters of the Ericeira coastline are some of the richest in biodiversity in the world.
With a narrative closely entwined with the ocean, Ericeira has rich culture and surf history. The ancient population of Ericeira included an ethnic group called ‘Jagoz’, which lived almost exclusively from the sea. Similarly, the community of surfers at the core of this Reserve have been there for years, quietly living off the quality and variety of surf offered up on a regular basis.
What’s the town centre of Ericeira like?
If you can draw yourself away from the allure of the waves, walking around the area you will find yourself in between contemporary townhouses set in tranquil residential streets and the buzzing central area with traditional handicraft shops, fashion boutiques, and not forgetting many surf stores spread around.
It’s possible to overlook the port beach from the town’s main square and enjoy the view sitting in charming seafood restaurants appreciating delicious fresh local food. Even if the town no longer depends on fishing activity, Ericeira is famously known for its fresh fish and seafood. Several places in the village allow you to eat out at a table on the cliffs while you enjoy the view. For fish or seafood, the price varies between €20 to €40 per head but dips way below this for any other type of food for lunch. Key dining spots include Tasquinha do Joy,
Restaurante Esplanada Furnas, Nutwoood Gelateria and Croissant da Villa.
What is Ribeira d’Ilhas like?
The beach of Ribeira d'Ilhas, located 2 kilometres to the north of the town centre, is set in a valley between high cliffs widely regarded as one of the best beaches in Europe for surfing. Its foreshore was recently redeveloped to commemorate the importance of surfing to the local culture and economy. The area has a magnificent view, a restaurant (Ribeira d’Ilhas Restaurant & Bar) with a laid-back atmosphere, surf shops, and infrastructure to support surf schools, including a first aid area and parking. Every day, many locals drive from Lisbon to Ribeira d’Ilhas to enjoy high-class waves before going to work.
At the end of the 19th Century, many of Lisbon's local aristocracy began to build homes in the parish and the development of the commercial port made Ericeira a fundamental pillar of the region's economy, which held a spotlight on the village becoming a true gem well-known amongst locals. Later on, it turned into a popular summer retreat for many of Lisbon's families in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, it is a popular destination for local and visiting tourists, as well as surfers from around the world, due to the mix of its small old European village charm and amazing waves. Since surfing's arrival in the mid-1970s, Ericeira has become the focal point for Portuguese surfing and the number of surfing-related businesses that have sprouted up in the area continues to grow.
What is a World Surfing Reserve?
Ericeira is a World Surfing Reserve, meaning it serves as a model standard for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding areas by recognizing and protecting key environmental, cultural and economic attributes in coastal communities created by the Save The Waves organisation.
Launched in 2003, the Save The Waves Coalition is solely dedicated to protecting surf ecosystems on an international scale believing that the surfing community holds immense knowledge, passion and responsibility for the coastlines and surf breaks they visit. The organisation motivate and empower this international community for good.
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