Praia dos Pescadores

Guide to the Fishermen's Beach in Ericeira

Praia dos Pescadores, Ericeira

Praia dos Pescadores is Ericeira's most central beach

Not all beaches in Ericeira have surfing waves. If you’re not a surfer and want to swim in calmer waters, you have this beach right in the center of town, protected from the winds by sheer cliffs. It’s called “Fishermen’s Beach” or “Beach of the Boats” (“Praia dos Barcos”) because it faces the port and is where fishermen keep their boats.

Largo das Ribas, Ericeira

The Largo das Ribas viewpoint above the beach

It’s faced by a 30m-high wall, above which stand a number of restaurants, most of them specializing in seafood. It acts as a viewpoint where locals sit and enjoy the views, and a tile panel nearby recalls that “it was from this beach, on October 5th, 1910, that the Portuguese royal family embarked into exile, in front of the entire respectful population of Ericeira,” as Portugal was proclaimed a republic.

Praia dos Pescadores, Ericeira

Praia dos Pescadores is the only beach in Ericeira that doesn't have waves for surfers

That panel is on the southern side of the 15th-century Chapel of St. Anthony, which was where fishermen prayed before heading into the sea.

Beach for: Families
Lifeguards: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes
Showers: Yes
Rentals: Yes
Bar or Restaurant: No
Accessible: No
Parking: Nearby

How to Get to Praia dos Pescadores

All roads seem to lead to this beach, as it’s in the heart of the old town. For its exact location, see the Ericeira beaches map.

Hotels by Praia dos Pescadores

Hotel Camarão, Ericeira

  • Hotel Camarão
  • Located behind the market, this budget hotel isn’t far from Praia dos Pescadores. Rooms vary in size, but are all clean and comfortable. Some on the top floor have a sea view.

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    GiG Capsule Hostel, Ericeira

  • GiG Capsule Hostel
  • This exceptional hostel is just steps up the hill from Praia dos Pescadores. It features two modern dorms and a shared kitchen, but there’s also a good restaurant with outdoor seating.

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    Olive3 Hostel, Ericeira

  • Olive3 Hostel
  • Centrally located halfway between Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Sul, this hostel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, a garden, a shared lounge and kitchen, and barbecue facilities. It’s partly decorated with pieces collected by the original owner of the restored 1950s building, which is now divided into studios, dorms, and double rooms with shared bathrooms.

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