Ericeira Travel Guide

You finally planned your surf trip to Ericeira? Great!
We want to provide you with special information and a view tips to make your trip as diverse and exciting as possible.

When you visit Ericeira (and any other place) to surf make sure that you follow some rules: When you get into the line up make sure the people who arrived before you get the first waves of the set, your turn comes with the next set. Afterwards make sure that one goes after another. If you don´t drop in, the other surfers won´t drop into you either. Is it not the worst feeling to loose your wave because somebody is in your way? To avoid being in front of another person remember to paddle always in the channel. If everybody follows this rule no one will be in the way of anybody. Rocks surround all beaches in Ericeira, what makes it easy to get dragged into them. Don´t forget to check the wind and currents when you arrive at the beach. Wind and currents mostly work together.

Ericeira works best with glassy conditions (no wind) and/or offshore (east wind). To find out wind and weather conditions use Windguru Ericeira. Because the quality of the waves depends on the tides, it is always important to know them. Inform yourself on Magicseaweed. If you are a beginner
 we advice you to visit Ericeira between May and the end of August. Experienced surfers might enjoy most between September and December.

Ericeira has a lot of world-class waves for different levels of surfers. If you are experienced you can surf any kind of waves: reef, point and beach breaks. In case you are not that experienced avoid point and reef breaks. First you run danger to hurt yourself on the rocks and second a lot of good surfers will be in the line up, what makes your chance to catch waves smaller. We advice to choose rather beach breaks like Foz do Lizandro and São Julião. Even though try to find a not crowded corner on the beach: Less people around you, more waves you catch and faster you get better. We suggest booking a place in a surf camp or lessons in a surf school. Ericeira has a variety of schools and camps, but you have to make sure that they have a license to teach and that the teachers know how to surf! Don't forget to ask a receipt after you pay your surf lesson or surf camp. We suggest: Tiago Pires Surf School, Mellowmove Surfcamp, Na Onda.If you are experienced and want to rent a board you can visit us at The Surfboard Shop.

If you have any questions regarding the surfing rules, understanding of weather and water conditions, surf spots or surf schools don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to increase the quality, safety and fun of your holidays no matter if they are in Ericeira or somewhere else.


We selected the best restaurants in Ericeira!

SUL - Surprise your dearest with a sparkling wild berry champagne sangria and the freshest grilled fish and the best dessert in Ericeira: A wild berry crème brulee.

LEBRE - Prego or Bifana is the Portuguese hamburger and essential for a hungry surfers stomach. You get them everywhere, but here you find the best! Don´t forget to upgrade your Prego with cheese, egg and onions!

BRISA - The Portuguese coast is famous for it´s world-class seafood. These guys have the eye to select the best pieces for you.

MAR DAS LATAS - What a beautiful sunset, perfect for a glass of wine and tapas with a view to the ocean. Enjoy some local wine, homebrewed beer and fish tapas. It is essential for our environment to support the closest around us: Try the local wine Santana produced in Mafra (next to Ericeira), and a delicate Azorean tuna can with sweet potato (our favorite!) from Azores.

TIK TAPAS - Tapas are a very fun way to eat with your friends: order, talk, talk, order more, talk more.. especially if your favorite soccer team is playing!

NA ONDA - Enjoy the best Sushi in Ericeira at the beach and fun surf spot Foz do Lizandro. If a sushi menu at lunch or an all you can eat dinner, the fresh fish will impress you. Dont forget to reserve during summer time.

PÃO D´ALHO - Every local will ensure you that they serve the best Pizza in Ericeira. Healthy tip: Try the tomato soup!

MARISQUEIRA DE RIBAMAR - If you want to eat seafood without spending much money have a plate of delicate Portuguese shrimps (the smallest ones) in Ribamar on the way to the surf spot Coxos. There you can get delicious plates of mixed seafood as well, but make sure you bring your friends because they are huge!

TIK TAK - If you want to eat a good steak for dinner - man food they call it - choose the delicious pepper steak. They serve excellent wine as well!

BAMBOO BAR - Huge toasts and a fresh smoothie are the perfect snack.

GAFANHOTO - Secrete local spot for good and cheap traditional Portuguese food. My favorite: Rabbit or chicken stew.

PIZZA MOBILE - Sunset, beach, beer, good vibes and great pizza combined with a beautiful view to São Lourenço beach.

MAR D´AREIA - Eat good and fresh grilled fish in the center of Ericeira.

NALU BOWLS ERICEIRA - Enjoy healthy and super trendy bali bowls stuffed with acai, fresh fruits and super food right while watching the waves at Praia do Sul.

We selected the best breakfast places in Ericeira!

SALOIA - This super local bakery has the best croissants and the best "marendinha" in Ericeira. It is small and hidden but just ask a local to show you the way.

LOJA DA AMELIA - Besides being elected the best gourmet shop in Portugal Loja da Amelia has a hidden gourmet coffee as well.

KFÉ - This hipster barista offers you not only different kinds, but even different preparations of coffee. Tip: Upgrade your delicious breakfast or brunch with a brownie!

PÃOZINHO DAS MARIAS - Have yummy breakfast sandwiches with cereals, poppy seeds and integral flour. Our tip: Have your sandwich with fresh cheese.

We selected the best bars and nightlife in Ericeira!

CALAVERA - Start your perfect party night with some drinks at this Mexican bar and restaurant.

TUBO - The best party night in Ericeira starts on Wednesdays at the Tubo where all neighbor bars collaborate to a big street party.

OURIÇO - Dance and party at Ericeira ´s most famous disco club, which is considered to be the first one in entire Portugal.

We selected the best activities in Ericeira!

THE SURFBOARD SHOP - Visit us for coffee and chat  Here you can get your custom made Mica Surfboard, rental equipment, surfboard ding repair service, information and tips or simply a nice ride on the skate ramp.

TIAGO PIRES SURF SCHOOL - For us this is the best surf school in Ericeira. They offer lessons and courses not just for beginners but also for experienced surfers who want to progress their skills.

TURISM ERICEIRA - Wanna learn everything about the World Surfing Reserve Ericeira? Check out the surfer museum at the main square.

YOGA AT BOARDRIDERS ERICEIRA - Activate your body at an inspiring and relaxing yoga class with Nadia at the Quiksilver gym.

QUIKSILVER SKATEPARK - Change your surfboard to a skateboard and rock at the skatepark. Here you can rent all equipment you need.

MERCADO - You are in Portugal and finally want to see old fishing women screaming and bargaining for there fish? Go there in the morning to
buy local fruits and veggies as well.

STAND UP PADDLE - Paddle out the beautiful river of Foz do Lizandro on a stand up paddle board. Rent yours at Na Onda.

HARBOR OF ERICEIRA - Have a romantic walk on the harbor till the jetty. It is not allowed to bring cars.

BABEIRO NETO - Remember the old black and white movies where man sit in lines reading newspaper and wait for their turn to get shaved? Take a seat and wait for your turn.

BE YOU - The biological and organic supermarket in Ericeira. Tip: They serve healthy, local and conscious meals at lunch time. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat for a Pilates lesson!

ESSENTIALS - Looking for a nice present for your girlfriend? We have an idea: Offer her a spa experience.

CASA GAMA - Have you ever been to a place where nothing else gets sold except three kinds of cookies kept in huge colored jars? Buy your cookies at the oldest business house in Ericeira.


We selected the best hotels, hostels and surf camps in Ericeira!

MELLOWMOVE - A nice, familiar and chilled surf camp in the beautiful village of São Lourenço.

ERICEIRA VILLA – The beautiful urban quinta with a big garden, pool and tennis court offers relaxing stays in cozy private rooms or dorms.

NALU SURFCAMP - Do you like it cozy and familiar? Stay with Lucy and her family. She is not just an amazing host, but chef as well. Your breakfast eggs come from her own chickens and vegetables for dinner from her garden.

MAGIC QUIVER SURF LODGE - Beautiful design apartments and rooms straight in the city center of Ericeira.

CHILL IN ERICEIRA HOSTEL - Nice people, colorful rooms and the best view in town: 360 degrees of Ericeira.

HOTEL VILA GALÈ ERICEIRA – The iconic hotel was once residence of the Portuguese monarchy. Nowadays it is an elaborated hotel with a spa area. Tip: You can use the spa also without being guest.

LAPOINT SURFCAMPS - Here you can get fun, party and surfing all-inclusive.

Enjoy your stay in Ericeira and feel free to contact us for any further tips and tricks :)