N 38°57’45.9″ W 9°24’56.27″
Portugal is the country to go surfing within Europe during the fall. There are many surf destinations along the beautiful coastline, this week we focus our attention on Ericeira. It is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the country and is just under 40 minutes from the capital Lisbon. The special characteristics of the sea and coast, where the high cliffs are interspersed with small sandy beaches, combined with a lively surfing culture make it a surfing destination of world class.
Surfing in Ericeira
Ericeira is one of the most versatile surf destinations in Europe. This is also recognized internationally, in 2011 the destination was added to the highly prestigious “World Surf Reserves” list. The different surf spots in the region each have their own character and are therefore also suitable for different levels, which is the main reason for being on the World Surf Reserves list. So far, it is the only European surfing destination on this list, making Ericeira quickly gaining popularity. Luckely there is enough of the coast to enjoy for everybody. The 8 km coastline runs roughly from Cabo Carvoeiro to Cabo da Roca with Praia Ribeira d’Ilhass as the most important beach, where regular (international) surfing competitions are organized.
Great waves and stunning surroundings in Ericeira
Surfspots in Ericeira
In this area there are too many surf spots to be able to name all of them in one article. Today we focus on the most famous spots, and the ones that are suitable for the beginning surfers.
- Praia Ribeira d’Ilhass
as previously indicated, this is the most famous surfing spot of Ericeira. It lies in a fairly sheltered bay where the waves break on a reef. The wave can get quite high depending on the wind and tide. Because the wave is not very fast or steep, it is not a difficult wave to surf. This spot is therefore very suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers. Surfing is possible all year round on a consistent right hand reed break.
- Praia du sol
This beach is close to the town itself and is a perfect beach to visit if there are high waves in the region. The wave starts slowly and increases in speed and height at the end. This makes it a perfect place for novice surfers to try some higher waves. Because this beach is so central, there are plenty of facilities such as restaurants, cafés and even toilets. This makes it a nice beach to surf all day or even a whole week.
- Foz do Lizandro
This spot is very popular for beach guests, not just for surfers. This is mainly because it is a beach where the waves are generally much calmer than the surrounding spots. It is a beach break where the waves are best with a strong swell, where you can enjoy both left and right handers. The calmer waters make it a nice spot to improve your skills, there are also many surfing lessons on this beach. In addition, the facilities are of a high standard, even in the evenings there is plenty to do in one of the bars or restaurants.
The beach of Foz do Lizandro
Surfing for everybody in Ericeira
In Ericeira, surfspots with suitable waves can be found for every level. The type of wave can be different per spot, you have Beach, reef and point breaks, which are also suitable for different levels. For beginners it is advisable to visit beaches with beach breaks. If you already have more experience and want a challenge, look for a spot with a reef break. . If you are unsure about which spot best suits your level, you can always check with one of the many surf schools or houses in the region!
The range of Surf Houses is just as diverse as the surf. If you are looking for an oasis of luxury we recommend Quinta Surf House. Does a typical Portugese sound more to your liking then Magikvanilla Surf House is the way to go!