The best Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira

Jul 04, 2013 BY AWE365 Team

Just 30km from Lisbon on the Atlantic coast, Ericeira was once just a small fishing village before people discovered the amazing waves and fell in love with this charming little town. With so many different surfing options, it’s suited to all levels, from first timers looking to learn to surf to pro surfers looking for the best waves.

Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira

Arguably one of the top surf holiday spots in Europe, a Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira is the perfect destination for your next surf adventure.

Another remarkable thing about a surf holiday in Ericeira is the certified Blue Flag beaches. The Blue Flag certification signifies that the beach complies with the FEE’s standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and management. Those same high ecological standards were part of the reason that the Save the Waves Coalition designated Ericeira as a World Surfing Reserve – the only WSR in Europe – in 2011.

A Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira is an unforgettable experience that you will have you coming back again and again.  You can book a tailor made surf holiday in Portugal through Travel Action.

Top 5 beaches for the best Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira

Foz do Lizandro

A short walk south and you come across Foz do Lizandro, one of the most popular beaches with tourists and locals. With lifeguards patrolling this beach all summer, this is a huge bonus for families with younger kids.  Foz is particularly popular for surf lessons, which makes it ideal for beginners.

Ribeira d`llhas

The most famous spot when going on a surf holiday in Ericeira is Ribeira d’Ilhas. Five minutes drive north from the centre of town and you find Ribeira. It’s a right hand point which means on its day you can get a wave up to 300 meters long.  The waves are suited to all levels but it’s a particularly  good introductory beach.

Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira

Säo Juliäo

About fifteen minutes drive south of town you will find Säo Juliäo.  When all the other spots are flat in Ericeira this long stretch of beach always has some fun waves on offer.  Hike away from the main peak and you might found some empty banks. As the locals will tell you, when the sand banks are good it can provide some really good waves.

Pedra Branca

Just north of town, turn left at the Ericeira surf centre  and follow the dirt road to the car park on the cliffs. From here you can view the waves and, if you’re keen, head down to the beach. Pedra Branca is a mean and hollow left hander that breaks on a shallow rock shelf.  Catch one good wave here and you’ll remember it forever.


Coxos is definitely the wave of choice for the experienced surfer.  The swell hits the reef bottom and unloads with power, creating right hand barrels like the kind you see in surf movies. The entry and exit from the water is very tricky but well worth it.

Where to stay on your surf holiday in Ericeira

For the best surf experience, stay in the relaxed and fun Rapture surf camp, just a stone’s throw from the beach. Stay with other surfers in a shared house, where you can chill in the lounge, kick back on a daybed outside and top up your tan, or sip cold beers and enjoy a barbeque after a hard day’s surfing.

This is a great value option for your next Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira, where you’ll meet new friends and make the most of your surf holiday. With experienced Australian surf guides and instructors taking you on a guided surf tour, you’ll visit the best surf spots each day. High quality equipment is available for hire and comprehensive school tutoring is on offer if you’re looking to learn to surf.

The best Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira

There are dorms and quads, ideal for single travellers and groups, as well as available private double and twin rooms. There are also surf apartments right next door, suitable for families and small groups. Transfers are available from Lisbon airport.

Daily breakfasts are provided, as well as five tasty dinners each week. On the chef’s nights off, enjoy  a barbeque or make the trip into town. Check out O Canico, one of Ericeira’s most poplular restaurants, renowned for its excellent seafood and great prices. Or maybe head out to Foz de Lizandro beach to eat pizza and watch the sun go down.

You can book a Rapture Camps surf holiday in Portugal through Travel Action.

Surf Vans – self drive tour

Another unique way to enjoy a Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira is with surf van hire. These funky spray-painted vans can be hired from the airport or downtown Lisbon. The surf vans can sleep up to four people and come with various options, including solar shower, barbeque and surfboard hire. Experience all the surfing beaches along this beautiful coast at your own pace. Park up at a remote beach and wake up to the sound of the breakers. Then get out early and surf with the whole beach to yourselves.

Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira

You can enjoy a Portugal surf holiday in Ericeira all year round, although the surfcamp only operates from May to October. In the summer you will also find consistent swells and warmer temperatures and waters. To book your next surf holiday in Portugal, contact Travel Action

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