A short one-hour drive from Lisbon, Ericeira is a beach town on the Atlantic. Known for its strong Portuguese fishing roots, now combined with its world-class surf beaches, Ericeira is the perfect place to spend some time when visiting or living in Portugal.
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How to Get There
There are two ways to get to Ericeira: you can take the bus or you can drive/uber.
Bus: There are no trains to Ericeira, but those who choose not to rent a car can take the bus operated by the Mafrense company, which departs from the Campo Grande terminal in Lisbon. It’s found right outside the Campo Grande metro station (which is on the green and yellow lines), across from the Alvalade XXI/Sporting Lisbon Stadium. It terminates in Ericeira but makes several stops on the way, through the suburbs. Only a few times a day is the route shortened and partially goes through a highway. This means that the same bus service can either take just over one hour to reach Ericeira, or as long as 1 hour and 40 minutes, depending on the time of day. It also has irregular departure times, but there are one or two buses per hour, between 6:27am and 11:45pm (11:25pm on Saturdays and 11:40pm on Sundays). The bus bays at the terminal are numbers 24 and 25. Those departing from number 25 also stop in Mafra, but those from number 24 do not. Tickets are bought from the driver and are €6.40 for a one-way journey.
Drive/Uber: My uber ride from Lisbon was 40 euro each way (~1 hour drive). If you want the convenience of door-to-door service and aren’t on a tight budget, I’d take the uber. Costs will fluctuate depending on uber rates.
Where to Stay
Located within 5 minutes walking distance to town, Laneez is the best budget option in Ericeira. With a huge terrace that overlooks the Prai Du Sol, you won’t be able to beat the view for the price. Dorms and double rooms are available. The hostel is clean and has a very welcoming staff. They offer surf and yoga lessons.
The Blue Buddha Beach House located right in the city center of Ericeira, offers short-term rentals. They have an incredible sea view as the building is located right on top of the Praia do Norte beach. If you are looking for options for a longer-term stay, check out their Beach House option.
Where To Eat
Once you wake up and walk around this little town looking for coffee, you should ensure you stumble across Amour for your first hit of caffeine. They make a variety of coffee drinks and also host events throughout the week. Check their website linked above to see the latest.
Esplanada Furnas $$$
Exceptionally fresh seafood & located right on the water. Order your choice of the fresh fish available in the front, and the servers will grill it to perfection and de-bone at the table. Pair with a Portugese glass of wine.