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Ericeira is a fishing village 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Lisbon, 25 km (16 miles) from Sintra and 10 km (6 miles) from Mafra. It has has the Atlantic Ocean as an eternal companion. Out of this relationship, the sun has given the best of its light and an ocean of traditions has been born.

The hospitality of its people, the harmony of the "old village" with its narrow cobblestone streets, characteristic housing, singular monuments, the sea, the fishing, the cuisine, the bold Atlantic views and the multiplicity of cultural programming interlace here in a grand way to welcome its visitors...


Presently the commerce in Ericeira is of medium dimension, but was quite important in former times. The first royal charter, dated in 1229, already mentions the merchants: "mercatores qui ibi uenerint uender". In the 19th century Ericeira developed by the means of its port a commercial traffic which involved the major part of the province of Estremadura and the north of Lisbon. Many years Ericeira was considered as the granary of the Estremadura. Today the small commerce, with its personal and appealing service, offers the visitor a wide range of products.


Gastronomically Ericeira is known for its quality of fresh fish and seafood.

More than 50 restaurants and seafood restaurants ("marisqueiras") offer a great variety of dishes, some famous and typical of the Ericeira area, like the "puré de mariscos" (seafood purée), "frango de caldeirada" (chicken, peas and various condiments) or "sopa de cabozes" (crab, whiting-pout and mussel soup).

Cultural Centres

Biblioteca Municipal da Ericeira
(Municipal Library)
R. Mendes Leal, Casa de Cultura
2655 Ericeira
Phone: 261 865 880
Visiting Hours: Tuesday to Friday. from 10.00 to 19.00
Saturday, from 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 18.30h
closes Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays
  Casa de Cultura Jaime Lobo E Silva
(Cultural Centre)
R. Mendes Leal
2655 Ericeira
Phone: 261 860 551
Visiting Hours: Monday to Thursday, from 09.30 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 20.00
Friday and Saturday, from 09.00 TO 22.00


Arquivo - Museu da Sta. Casa da Misericórdia da Ericeira
Lg. Da Misericórdia
2655 Ericeira
Phone: 261 862 536
Visiting Hours: Upon arrangement
Points of Interest: History, ancient art, ethnology and archeology

Festivals and Markets

January, 20th - "S. Sebastião" Festival - Ericeira
January, 22nd - "S. Vicente" Festival - Ericeira
July, 25th - "Santiago" or "Dos Alhos" Market - Ericeira
August - "N. Sra. da Boa Viagem" Festival - Ericeira: Realized on the Sunday closest to the 20th of august
August , "Sagrado Coração De Jesus" Festival - Fonte Boa dos Nabos
December, 8th - "N. Sra. da Conceição" Festival - Ericeira


The tradition of Ericeira's nightlife continues to attract a regular and distinctive audience, not only Portuguese, but foreign as well, especially in summer and at weekends. A large variety of bars and nightclubs promise an exiting night.

And it is certainly a long tradition: the second oldest nightclub in Portugal, the "Ouriço", picturesquely located overlooking the cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean, opened its doors in august 1960.

Sport & Leisure

Ericeira is famous for its beautiful beaches, located where the high cliffs of the rocky coast meet the Atlantic Ocean.

Surfing is the dominant sport and sunbathing is the most popular activity of tourists who come from all over the world.

However, Ericeira offers a lot more besides surfing to those interested in sport. Body-boarding, skim-boarding, windsurfing, fishing, diving, sailing, jet-skiing, water-skiing and beach-volley are some of the activities enjoyed at the beaches of the village.

In addition, the modern facilities of the municipal gymnasium and the Santa Marta park offer even more sporting facilities. Or you could discover the beautiful landscape on a mountain bike, horseback riding or by just hiking around.

Public Transportation

Ericeira offers several possibilities for itinerant visitors. Car rental agencies, taxis and public transport companies offer their services. The small buses of the "Turispraia" company run from Ribeira d'Ilhas beach in the North, through Ericeira to Lizandro beach in the South.

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