Praia da Foz do Lizandro has the waters of a river and of the Atlantic
This large beach (the biggest in Ericeira) has plenty of sandy space and is less windy than others in the region, as it’s protected by cliffs. It maintains a wild landscape, with the unusual feature of having the waters of a river and the ocean, which gave it its name -- “Beach of the Mouth of the Lizandro (River).”
The beach has wicker parasols in the bathing season
It attracts all kinds of people, from families to young surfers, who sit people-watching from the several café terraces when they’re not sunbathing or riding waves.
Those cafés, bars and restaurants (connected by a boardwalk) remain in business outside the official bathing season, and stay open until much after the sun sets -- they’re perfect for a late afternoon drink.
Praia da Foz do Lizandro is a good surfing beach
Surfers find it to be a good beach for beginners and pros, and there are good facilities such as changing rooms and a first aid station. It’s a good alternative to the more popular Ribeira d’Ilhas to the north.
The beach's boardwalk and cafés
How to Get to Praia da Foz do Lizandro
Foz do Lizandro Beach is located 2.5km from the center of Ericeira. It’s about a 35-minute walk down the coastal road from Praia do Sul, and less than 10 minutes by car. Unlike other beaches in the region, this one has plenty of parking space. For its exact location, see the Ericeira beaches map.
A bus to Sintra that departs once per hour on weekdays and less frequently on weekends from the bus station in Ericeira (marked with the name of the final stop “Portela de Sintra”), stops above this beach.
Hotels by Praia da Foz do Lizandro
Just a short walk up the coastal road from Praia da Foz do Lizandro, this highly-rated 4-star hotel features minimalist contemporary interiors. It’s divided into fully-equipped apartments, a restaurant, spa and fitness center.
Inland (a short drive to the south) is this traditional village that’s been entirely renovated as tourist accommodation. There are thirteen homes, all preserving their original architecture and rustic-style interiors. It’s for those looking to experience peace and quiet, as well as the Portugal of the old days. There’s a certain storybook atmosphere, enhanced by the small farm and its animals in the surroundings.