Praia do Sul, the "southern beach" of Ericeira
Ericeira has four sandy beaches in the center and two outstanding surfing beaches nearby. Most of its coast is quite rocky and with thick yellow sand. It has turquoise waters with big waves, with the exception of the central beaches at low tide, when they can be quite calm. This means that you don’t have to be a surfer or a water sports enthusiast to enjoy the beaches of Ericeira; you may simply enjoy a day in the sun.
As most are within walking distance, it’s recommended that you get to know a few beaches and decide which have the right scenery and atmosphere for you.
- Praia dos Pescadores
- Praia do Norte
- Praia de São Sebastião
- Praia da Ribeira d'Ilhas
- Praia do Matadouro
- Praia da Empa
- Praia do Sul
- Praia da Foz do Lizandro
“Fishermen’s Beach” is Ericeira's most central beach. It's the one with the fishing boats, popular with families and tourists, who stop to photograph the scenic harbor.
See the Praia dos Pescadores Guide.
Also known as Praia do Algodio, this beach is to the north of Praia dos Pescadores. It's a small beach, but very popular due to its central location.
See the Praia do Norte Guide.
North of the center of town is this rather wild beach, accessed through a cobbled staircase. It's the first "surfing beach" on the northern coast, so it mostly attracts bodyboarders and surfers.
See the Praia de São Sebastião Guide.
Ericeira's main surfing beach is about 3km north of town. It's where the surfing championships take place and the reason many young people visit Ericeira.
See the Praia da Ribeira d'Ilhas Guide.
This rocky beach is found between the central beaches and Ribeira d'Ilhas. It's popular among anglers, but also with surfers and tourists, who stay at the colorful houses behind it.
See the Praia do Matadouro Guide.
Just above Praia do Matadouro and across a camping site, is this small beach, part of Ericeira's World Surfing Reserve. It's often deserted, except for a few people enjoying the tidal pools.
See the Praia da Empa Guide.
The “Southern Beach” is the first beach to the south of the center of town. This is usually Ericeira's most crowded beach, as it’s within walking distance of most hotels, and is overlooked by the landmark Vila Galé Ericeira (the biggest hotel in town).
See the Praia do Sul Guide.
About 3km south is the region's biggest beach. It’s an alternative to Ribeira d’Ilhas when it comes to surfing.
See the Praia da Foz do Lizandro Guide.
How to Get to the Beaches in Ericeira
All of Ericeira’s beaches are within walking distance of the center of town. That includes Foz do Lizandro, which is the most distant beach, if you consider over a half hour to be walking distance.
You can actually walk from Foz do Lizandro to Ribeira d’Ilhas, through the oceanfront sidewalk and bike path along the road, which is only interrupted in the center of town. You’d have to walk for over one hour, but if you’re a walker, you’ll enjoy the journey, and you may always take a break for drinks or a meal in the town halfway through it.
To know the location of each beach, see the Ericeira beaches map.