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Adventures

Things to do in and around Ericeira

What are the fun things to do in and around Ericeira? The area has a lot to offer. It’s close to cities like Lisbon, Sintra, Mafra, Cascais and Estoril, which are great for citytrips. Nature is spectacular and hosts many A-locations for surfing, SUPing, yoga, hiking and mountainbiking. And after a long day of sightseeing and being active, there’s always a cafe around the corner where you can find a nice glass of regional wine and a pastel de nata.

Surfing

Great waves for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers

The World Surfing Reserve of Ericeira offers waves year-round. In summertime they are usually smaller than wintertime. But the best thing about surfing in Ericeira is that there are waves for every level. Mellow beachbreaks that are perfect for beginners, and more challenging reefbreaks for intermediate or experienced surfers.

Read more about all surf spots in and around Ericeira in our Ericeira Surf Spot Guide.

Want to take surflessons or rent a surfboard? We have connections with surfschools close to Olá Onda. Let us know and we’ll arrange everything. Check out our Surf page for more information and prices. Read more

Yoga

Stretch & relax

What better way to start or end your day than with a nice yoga session? Stretching your muscles while gaining strength and getting relaxed at the same time. Lucky for you we provide private yoga classes as well as our famous sunday morning “Yoga & Brunch” events.

Yoga & Brunch is an event we host every sunday morning. We start at 11h with a 1,5 hour class of Vinyasa Flow (open to all levels) and after we enjoy a healthy brunch. Read our blog on the Yoga&Brunch events for more information.

Costs: €20 – €2 extra if you need to rent a mat.

Private classes can be arranged any time you’d like. Duration from 60 to 75 minutes and mats and props are included.

Prices: 1-2 persons: €40 | 3-4 persons €15 per person | 5 or more €10 per person.

Snorkeling and wake surfing

In the Berlengas

The perfect daytrip: on a boat to the Berlenga Islands, just 12 kilometers of the coast of Peniche. Together with a professional company we provide these fun boattrips. You start the day with the speedboat from Peniche to the main island. There we will do a walking tour on the island, while a guide tells stories about its history; the shipwrecks, pirates, it’s flora and fauna and the ocean. You walk from the lighthouse to the fort. After the tour the snorkeling starts. In a beautiful cove with clear blue water you can see fish everywhere and jump of rocks into the water. Maybe you’ll finish the day with some wake surfing behind the boat. Read more about this adventure in our blog.

Costs: €35 for the entire trip

Mountainbiking

Explore by bike

There are countless fun mountainbike tracks in and around Ericeira that suit every level. Also along the coastline of Santa Cruz, in the magical forrest hills of Sintra or discover the bikelanes in the nature around Cascais and Guincho. We will get you geared up with high quality mountainbikes, water, a helmet and a guide. You will only need to bring sunscreen and some comfortable clothes.

Together with a Portuguese guide you can enjoy scenic coastal tours or challenging singletracks and admire the Ericeira World Surf Reserve or traditional countryside and villages.

Guided tours

Cliff top ride €30
Lizandro Trails €40
Cheleiros Wine Tasting Tour (Half day) €50

Stand Up Paddling

Paddle your way through Ericeira

Stand Up Paddling is a great way to be active in the water, without taking too much risk. It’s suitable for all ages; it’s a nice way to work out while enjoying the scenery on the water. Ericeira has some beautiful spots where you can do Stand Up Paddling, on the river or on the ocean. Let us know what type of tour you prefer and we’ll arrange everything! Tours take about 90 to 120 minutes.

Group lesson: €35,- per person
Private lesson: €70,- per person

Sightseeing

Citytrip through Portugal

Lisbon

Go to Lisbon. Now. The capital of Portugal is a definate must-see if you come to Portugal. It has everything you need: coffee (but it in a street kiosk for only 0,90 cents), good food (affordable restaurants are everywhere), party (check out Bairro Alto for cheap beer and then head to Lux for cocktails), views (Lisbon is built on 7 hills, so there are 7 viewpoints -miradouros-), a river (walk along the Tagus river to Belém), culture (churches, castles, monuments, museums aplenty) and friendly locals (most speak English and will give you a warm welcome). Only a 30 minute drive from Olá Onda.

Sintra

Sintra is a mysterious but beautiful place. High on mountaintops you’ll find Disney like castles in crazy colours. It is close to the sea but has a micro climate. Strange plants grow here, and the forrest is a little Harry Potter like. Great for sightseeing and mountain biking or hiking. 40 minutes driving from Olá Onda.

Cabo da Roca

The most occidental spot in Europe. When you get there, you cannot go anymore west on Europe’s mainland. A special place, amidst of beautiful nature. Prepare for tourists.

Cascais & Estoril

Known as a fancy area for rich Lisboetas, Cascais and Estoril are well kept, well situated towns west of the capital city. Palm trees everywhere, a big promenade and harbor, countless beaches and good restaurants.

Santa Cruz

A more sincere Portuguese beachtown you will not find. Only Portuguese tourists here, so prices are low. You can get you coffee or glass of wine here for €0,60. If you want a little more chique, go to Noah, right on the beach. Speaking of the beach, it is beautiful. If the ocean is too rough for you, go to Praia Formosa, only a 10 minute walk to the south.

Mafra

Mafra is a small city 10 minutes driving from Olá Onda. It is mainly known for its gigantic and extravagant palace, the Palácio Nacional de Mafra. This palace makes the rest of the city look tiny. Inside the palace there is a monastry, a basilica and a library with over 36.000 ancient books.

Peniche

Surfers paradise. Because of the peninsula that is Peniche, and more northern Baleal, you can surf here with any tide, wind and swell. For all levels. Next to that, Peniche is also a typically fisherman’s town full of Portuguese history. Take a look at the former seaside prison, where opposants of dictator Salazar were kept. 1 hour drive from Ola Onda.

Nazaré

Home to the worlds biggest waves. If you have seen the videos of the biggest wave ever ridden in 2013, you’ll want to go here. The town of Nazaré is also pretty nice, especially the view from up the hill. Buy some nuts and dried fruit from the stalls of ladies in traditional clothes on the square. 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Olá Onda.

Óbidos

A charming little town, surrounded by a castle wall and filled with tiny white houses; Óbidos is very photogenic and romantic. It makes a great daytrip from Ericeira. You can walk all around the town on the wall, visit the castle, churches or monuments, drink some ginginha de Obidos, a cherry liquor typically from there. If you happen to be here in march or april, don’t miss the International Chocolate Festival. 50 minute drive from Olá Onda

Porto

Some call it the “Bronx of Portugal”. Dark, rugged but very hip and beautiful. JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter here. When you see Porto, you’ll know. The port is to die for, architecture is intruiging and culture is everywhere. Worth the 3,5 hour drive from Olá Onda.

Azenhas do Mar

A cute and small seaside town, with a tiny beach and a big semi-natural pool.

Skateboarding

Concrete surfing

When there are no waves, you can always go skate. There is a big concrete skatepark by Quicksilver only 10 minutes walking from Olá Onda. Next to that, Lisbon, Estoril and Lourinhã are home to several good concrete parks as well. These are definitely worth making a day trip for.

Nightlife

Time for cocktails

Especially in summertime, parties are not hard to come by in Ericeira. From your typical street party, plastic cup in hand, enjoying the summernights, to all nighters in clubs like Ouriço.

Sunbathing

2799 sunshine hours per year

With an average of 2799 sunshine hours every year in the Ericeira area, you are very likely to encounter sunny days on your holiday here. Perfect for those who love sunbathing, relaxing on the beach, reading a book and drinking some cocktails. All beaches in Ericeira are good for this purpose, but if you want some more privacy while sunbathing we recommend Calada, São Julião or Praia Azul.

Hiking

Discover Portugal by foot

The Ericeira area has great trails for lovers of hiking. There are some trails next to the ocean and more inland you’ll find nature in the national park of Sintra, Tapada de Mafra or Serra de Montejunto. Trails variate from just a couple kilometers to 10 or more. We are happy to provide you with more information to find a suitable trail.

Winetasting

Taste some fine wines

Did you know that Portugal is the 11th largest wine producer in the world? Did you know that most grape varietals for wine grown in Portugal are native? Have you ever tried another Portuguese wine next to Port? Most people will answer ‘no’, and it’s such a shame. We want the world to experience the Portuguese wines and that is why we recommend taking a wine tour. It’s not only a fun to drink alcohol all day, but you’ll probably learn a lot.

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