Ericeira’s beautiful coastline stretches approximately 8 km and consists of several pristine scenic beaches and outstanding surfspots, including iconic beach breaks such as Ribeira d’Ilhas.

No wonder Ericeira is a favourite destination for seaside holidays between Portuguese tourists and surfers from all over the world!

São Lourenço beach

São Lourenço beach is the most northern of Ericeira’s beaches, located just 7 min from our Ericeira holiday apartment.

A wide sandy beach in a sheltered bay, with good infrastructure, parking, a beach bar and excellent fish restaurants nearby…what else do you need? Surfers will find a righthand point/reef break here, a long wave that is good for intermediate to advanced surfers.

Watch the video of beautiful São Lourenço beach

Coxos beach

Coxos beach is a small yet lovely horseshoe-shaped beach, bathed by extremely clear water and sheltered from the north wind.

Don’t be fooled by the beach’s name: the world-famous waves of Coxos (which forms a part of the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve) are not found here, but in the neighboring bay to the south.

There is a small bar, toilet facilities and parking.

Ribeira d'Ilhas beach

Ribeira d’Ilhas beach, located between Ericeira and Ribamar, is internationally renowned as one of the best surfing spots in Europe.

It has been host to the ASP (WQS) surf world championships since 1985. There is a big car park available and the Ericeira beach bus stops nearby. You will find an excellent restaurant with terrace on the beach as well as several excellent surf schools.                                                 

This is how the stunning Ribeira d’Ilhas beach looks like – video


Matadouro beach

Matadouro beach is located in front of Ericeira’ skate park. It is a lovely small beach with parking. Several surf schools offer lessons here. The great thing about this surf spot is that there’s a really cool skate park and restaurant with big terrace (Boardriders Ericeira) on the other side of the street overlooking the break. This is the perfect set up to hang out in between surf sessions and chill. 

Intermediate surfers will love the multiple peaks. The main break is a right hander on the north side of the bay.

Check out Matadouro  – watch video

São Sebastião beach

Under the gaze of the church that gives it its name, São Sebastião beach is situated at the northern end of the village of Ericeira.

The beach (which is long but narrow, practically covered by the ocean during high tide) is accessed by a beautiful stairway of Portuguese cobblestones.

Another attraction at this beach are the waves, highly sought after by surfers and bodyboarders.

Praia do Sul beach

The beautiful beach of Praia do Sul (also known as Praia da Baleia Beach) is located just south of Ericeira.

The break can be divided into two different waves. The first is a right point/reef break that is only suitable for experienced surfers. The second is a mixed (sand and reef) break that is also suitable for less experienced surfers with smaller swells. On the cliff top exist two support parking lots. This beach is sheltered from winds coming from all directions, except west, so it’s an ideal spot for children to play and swim.

Foz do Lizandro beach

When traveling to Ericeira with children, Foz do Lizandro beach is the perfect beach to go!

There is a river that runs from the sea which allows younger children to play safely in slightly warmer water and let the kids safely try body boarding on the little waves. For those wanting to catch some good waves the ocean is right there, it’s a great spot for surfers whether beginner or more skilled.

Lots of free parking, several surf schools and several excellent cafes/restaurants with healthy food along the elevated walkway parallel to the river/sea front.

Other facilities include changing rooms, toilets and showers and a first aid station. Beach umbrellas and sunbeds are available to hire on the sand.

Watch the video to see the beautiful scenery of Foz do Lizandro beach.

São Julião beach

Praia de São Julião in the south is one of the more picturesque beaches on the Ericeira stretch of coastline.

If you catch it at low tide, it can be several kilometers long and an unbroken stretch of white sand beneath dramatic cliffs.

Popular with surfers and sunbathers alike, this beach is a great place to spend the day sunbathing and to hit some waves.


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