Luxury holidays in Ericeira

There’s more than one kind of break to be found along Ericeira’s golden coast. Just under an hour from Portugal’s capital, this unsuspecting fishing village has become a much loved seaside sanctuary for urban Lisboetas and international wave-wielders alike. Home to Europe’s first World Surf Reserve, its pristine shores are maintained by a team of trusty stewards who work alongside local communities to protect the town’s varied ecosystems. Their efforts can be felt along all eight kilometres of Ericeira’s sandy stretches, where jagged cliffs rise up from quietly handsome coves. Once a prized sunbathing spot for royalty and aristocrats, today’s crowd is decidedly more bohemian; think beachside yoga, artisan boutiques, speciality coffee and hip co-working spaces where you’ll find remote renegades soaking up the sun with an ice-cold Corona in hand. Inland, the cobbled streets are crowded with vines of bougainvillaea and white-washed buildings decorated with Portugal’s trademark azulejo tiles. And with a name that derives from ‘sea urchins’ it goes without saying that Ericeira’s seafood is among the most adventurous in the country. Kick back in the town’s buzzy tapas bars for some unforgettable marine-themed feasting.

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When to go

Temperatures are pleasant most of the year, but if it's surfing you’re after, October to May is prime wave estate with tidal treats to keep you busy all winter. Come summer, top up your tan and your plate at the town’s annual Festival do Ouriço-do-Mar.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest airport is Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport. Flights arrive here from the UK and Europe, Asia and the Americas. Hourly buses run from the nearby terminal, Campo Grande, and will get you to Ericeira in just over an hour. If you’re driving, that time is halved, with an ETA of around 35 minutes.
  • Automobiles

    For serious surfers, a car can come in handy here, allowing you to swiftly suss out the day’s top spot. For the rest of us, Ericeira is compact enough to explore comfortably by foot, and day-trips are easy, with excellent transport links from both Lisbon and neighbouring Sintra.