ERICEIRA, MY LOVE – A LOCAL’S GUIDE
Talking about the place where we live should be the simplest thing on earth. But it’s not. How to put in a single text all we know, what we like, what delights us, what puts a smile on our face every day?
I’m talking about Ericeira, a small fishing village about 50 km north of Lisbon.
You may think I am exaggerating and even that my words or images that you’ll see in the video below aren’t enough to think that this place is so special.
But believe me, it is.
In this article I’ll show you:
- A Bit of Ericeira’s History
- Points of Interest
- Best Beaches
- The Restaurants and Bars of Reference
- Where To Sleep
- Video About Ericeira
Legend has it that the name Ericeira is a derivation of Ouriçeira, or “land of hedgehogs (aka ouriços, in Portuguese).” Some say it came from a large number of hedgehogs that existed in the region; others, from the huge amount of sea urchins, found in these beaches. I, for myself, defend the second thesis.
The history of this land is connected to the fishing tradition. Over time, the Port of Ericeira gained economic relevance, having lost its status throughout the 19th century.
After that, the region turned to vacationers, searching for the beautiful beaches and its iodine levels.
But the episode that helped to put Ericeira in the History of Portugal books was the departure by sea of the Portuguese king, Manuel II, into exile in Brazil, fleeing the republican revolution.
11 POINTS OF INTEREST
Chapel of St. Sebastian
Pillory of Ericeira
St. Marta Church
St. Peter’s Church
Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem
Port of Ericeira
St. Marta’s Park
Ericeira’s Market Place
BEACHES FOR ALL TASTES
Ericeira recently won the title of World Surfing Reserve, for the quality of the waves in this small piece of land by the sea.
There are seven waves in the reserve:
- Pedra Branca
- Ribeira D’Ilhas
- Crazy Left
- São Lourenço
But even for those who aren’t fans of the sport, the beaches of Ericeira are of great value and natural beauty.
It’s not every day that we can go through the rocks and find loads of starfish. 😉
Of course, we aren’t talking about the temperatures of air or the sea of the Algarve, but if you can take a vacation in September, for example, it is guaranteed you’ll have great days at the beach.
If, however, you have to take your vacation in a normal period – June to August – it’s quite possible you’ll be buffeted by the prevailing north wind. But don’t worry: at South Beach, the hotel protects you from the wind and you can still count on a natural pool at low tide.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS REFERENCES
TIK TAK – medium / high restaurant with great food and a fantastic wines selection
PRIM – Good food and great ambiance. It has few tables, so it’s best to arrive early
MAR D’AREIA – Ideal to eat fish. Try the grilled fish eggs salad
UNISUSHI – The best sushi restaurant in the area. Look for different sushi, always made with very fresh fish
JOGO DA BOLA – This is the village main square and here you’ll find many terraces, ice cream parlors, and cafes
O LEBRE – The typical village tavern that eventually turned into the “fashion bar”. If you’re hungry, ask here for a Preguinho
O TUBO – With surfing decoration, it’s not uncommon to see here tourists from the various surf camps
O OURIÇO – It’s probably the oldest club in the country. It has 60 years, but the facade is always new. Virtually all year they paint it differently. It’s a small space and the music of the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s.
AND IF THERE’S STILL TIME TO SLEEP…
This isn’t my expertise. After all, I live here and I haven’t really the need to try other accommodations.
Anyway, here are two that I know and can recommend:
Overlooking the ocean, in a building of five floors completely restored and still with traces of another time. In addition to having the sea right on the doorstep, you can count on a large pool for the days when the sea is angry.
Like the suggestion? Book here your stay.
For those who enjoy the hostel atmosphere, but without necessarily having to share a room with another six, the OMASSIM may be the solution.
We’re talking about a hostel defending all that is healthy, so, in addition to surfing lessons, there’s also yoga classes and retreats. It’s also here that you can eat the best vegetarian food in all the surroundings.
That said, are you eager to know Ericeira? Have you already visit the place? Give me your feedback in the comments box.