Ericeira, Portugal is a beautiful and interesting place to visit for tourists, sun-seekers and surfers alike, with a lot to offer besides just great waves and top-rated beaches. So if you’re not a surfer, don’t fret, there are many things to do in Ericeira. We’ve compiled a short guide to visiting this jewel of a town, with plenty of activities, some relating to surf culture, but none exclusive to those who practice the sport.
With its proximity to Lisbon, Mafra and Sintra, Ericeira is a great base for exploring some of the region’s most spectacular spots. But there are sightseeing-related things to do in Ericeira as well. For example, wandering around the cobbled streets of this traditional Portuguese fishing village and checking out the traditional white-washed houses and old churches will relax your mind and send you back to a simpler, quieter time. Natural scenery also abounds, with stunning views of spectacular cliffs and beaches that will take up plenty of space on your camera’s memory card.
Surfing, summer and music go hand in hand. So it should be of no surprise that things to do in Ericeira include a considerable amount of music-related activities — and that’s not including the bars and nightclubs. The local Quiksilver flagship Boardriders surf and skate store hosts a series of concerts during the warmer months. The location has been the site of a series of Friday concerts known as Quik Sessions and more recently Boardriders Sunset Sessions. There is also the very popular Sumol Summer Fest, an annual outdoor reggae festival featuring Portuguese and international artists and DJs. Those with more classical music tastes are encouraged to look up Ericeira’s Philharmonic.
For a small town, Ericeira has a lively restaurant, bar and nightclub scene during the summer, which brings an influx of international tourists as well as those from nearby Lisbon, who come to relax and escape the crowds and heat of the city. Overlooking Praia dos Pescadores is the popular youth hangout Ouriço, located on Rua Capitão João Lopes, while Praça das Navegantes is home to such spots as La Luna Bar, Cadillac Bar and Big Wave Bar. Older visitors and those in search of a bit of jazz and blues can enjoy draft beer at Ponto Sete, a British pub on Rua Dr Miguel Bombarda.
Being located right on the coast means Ericeira is a prime spot for local seafood and even some internationally inspired fare. Lobster is a local speciality, but tapas, pizza, traditional Portuguese dishes and local craft beers help round out the dining on offer. See this article for more info.
Skateboarding at Boardriders: The DC skate park located at the shop provides a great place for those who prefer to ride on concrete instead of waves.
Art: Exhibits, workshops and ecology at Skeleton Sea environmental art centre.
Market shopping: Ericeira’s traditional food market offers fresh foodstuffs and flowers at reasonable prices. If you haven’t been to a Portuguese market, it’s a great place to start.