Ericeira - often called the Portuguese Mecca of Surf - has become one of the best known surfing destinations in Europe. The town was honoured as the first European surfing reserve due to the constant swells and excellent breaks its coastline offers. There are waves during the whole year, in winter even big wave riders find their ultimate challenge and in summer it’s never too small to throw an aerial 360.
Besides of offering excellent conditions which attract more and more people each year, Ericeira has managed to remain its charm. Ericeira continues to be a typical South European fishermen village proud of its long history, which dates back to the Phoenicians and got its Charter in the 12th century.
Ericeira is also famous for its gastronomy. On weekends mainly people from near Lisbon visit Ericeira's restaurants looking for fresh fish and shellfish.
During the bathing season most of Ericeira's beaches are watched by lifeguards. Beach bars offer cold drinks and local snacks while you spend a long day on the beach. Public toilets and showers, sunshade rental and access for disabled are standard services.
Dinner, Caipirinha and Party
Evenings in Ericeira start with a great meal in one of its many restaurants. Fresh fish from the grill or seafood dishes in one of the "Marisqueiras" are specialties of Ericeira's gastronomy. Typical recipes like "Sopa de Cabozes" (crab, whiting-pout and mussel soup), "Caldeirada" (a rich fish, shrimps and mussels stew) or "Arroz de Marisco" (crabs, lobster and clams rice stew) are a gastronomical must to try. But you'll find also a great variety of meat restaurants, Italian cuisine, Sushi and of course pizza, burgers and toasts, and why not try the Portuguese athmosphere at "Taberna Lebre" with it's live music.
After dinner you should try a tasty Caipirinha or a Mojito in one of the many bars. Nightlife goes on until early morning hours. The oceanfront nightclub Ouriço ("Sea Urchin") is the oldest still operating nightclub in Portugal and celebrated its 50th birthday in 2011. It's the place to be seen and sometimes you have to wait a bit to pass the line!map-generator.net