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Ericeira Surf Spot Guide

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This is the one and only Olá Onda Ericeira Surf Spot Guide. This guide tells you all about the different surf spots in Ericeira and the entire area to the north and south. Which surf spots are good for beginners? And for the more experienced surfer? What is the best tide? Is it sand or reef bottom? Where can I rent a board? And park my car? This guide tells it all.

Within just a couple of kilometers of Ericeira coast there are several high quality waves for all levels. All surf spots within Ericeira will be described, as well as some north and south of town. Nice to know: all spots in Ericeira have a sign next to the road, with the name of the spot and a color, like a skipiste. Green, blue, red and black.

São Lourenço

Type

Righthand pointbreak. A long wave that is good for intermediate to advanced surfers.

Works best with

Wind from the east, swell from the (north)west at mid-tide.

Crowd

Being a little further from town, it’s not as crowded as other Ericeira spots.

Information & board rental

There is a lot of parking and some restaurants, but no surf shops.

Coxos

Type

Reefbreak that breaks to the right. For experienced surfers only. Coxos is considered by many to be the best wave in Portugal. It’s also a fun place just to watch other surfer do their magic here.

Works best with

Eastern winds and southern or western swells, at low tide

Crowd

When it’s good it’s busy.

Crazy Left

Type

Reefbreak that breaks to the left (what’s in a name?) A difficult barrel wave for experienced surfers only.

Works best with

Wind from the (north)east, swell from the south/west at high tide.

Crowd

Can be busy

Cave

Type

Reefbreak that breaks to the right, again, for experienced surfers only. Cave is considered to be the heaviest wave in the area. World champion John John Florence got injured here in 2012. Imagine that.

Works best with

Big swell from the (north)west and wind from the east at low tide.

Crowd

Not many people (can) surf here.

Ribeira D’Ilhas

Type

Very consitant reefbreak that breaks to the right, almost year-round. Accessable for all levels. Ribeira D’Ilhas is probably the most popular spot in Ericeira.

Works best with

Wind from the east, swell from the (north)west and at all tides.

Crowd

(Almost) always crowded.

Information & board rental

On the beach there are cafes, surf schools and shops, you cannot miss them.

Reef

Type

Powerful righthander that breaks on shallow reef. Not for beginners.

Works best with

(South)east winds, swell from the west at low to mid tide.

Crowd

When it’s good it can be crowded

Pedra Branca

Type

Left-handed reefbreak for experienced surfers only.

Works best with

Wind from the (north)east, swell from the (south)west at mid-tide.

Crowd

Can be fairly busy on a good day.

Matadouro

Type

Consistent reefbreak suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers who wish on improving their skills. It's the perfect beginners wave with low tide, and that is where our surf lessons will be taught. Only a 10 minute walk from Olá Onda Guesthouse.

Works best with

Wind from the east and swell from the west. Around high tide it's best for intermediate surfers.

Crowd

Less crowded than Ribeira D'Ilhas, but can be pretty busy with lessons.

Information & board rental

For the most part the ground is flat reef rock, but there are some rocks you need to watch out for. Ask another surfer for some advice before you go in, our check out the spot first at low tide. Ericeira Surf Riders has a trailer here every day in summer, and you can rent a board there and take surf lessons.

Praia do Sul

Type

Next to the hotel it's a righthander that breaks over reef. All the way on the other side of the beach there is a little A-frame that breaks over sand and rocks.

Works best with

Big swell from the west and wind from the east at low-tide.

Crowd

Sometimes when the swell is really big, it can get crowded because it's the only spot that's still accessible.

Information & board rental

Praia do Sul is considered to be the main beach of the town, so it’s close to lots of surf shops where you can rent boards.

Foz do Lizandro

Type

An exposed and consistent beachbreak with several peaks breaking both left and right.

Works best with

Wind from the east, swell from the north-west and at outgoing tide.

Crowd

Can be pretty busy.

Information & board rental

Next to the carpark there are several rental shops & restaurants

São Julião

Type

Beachbreak that catches a lot of swell.

Works best with

Small swell from the (north)west and wind from the east at low-tide.

Crowd

When it's good it can get crowded.

Information & board rental

São Julião beach has a lot of parking space and one restaurant with a good view over the beach.

SOUTH OF ERICEIRA

Carcavelos

Type

Beachbreak with some rocks on the right side.

Works best with

Wind from the north, swell from the south or (north)west, at all tides.

Crowd

Being one of surf spots closest to Lisbon, it is always crowded, especially in the weekends.

Information & board rental

Carcavelos has a boulevard with restaurants and several surf shops where you can rent a surfboard and wetsuit. Paid parking only.

São Pedro do Estoril

Type

A consistent right-hand reefbreak. This is where surfing in Portugal began and the first surfclub was created.

Works best with

Wind from the north or east and swell from south or west, at all tides.

Crowd

Can be pretty crowded, especially longboarders like this spot.

Information & board rental

São Pedro do Estoril has a nice boulevard with palm trees, and a lot of space to park your car (paid).

Praia do Guincho

Type

Consistent beachbreak that is very exposed to the north wind. Guincho is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Lisbon area.

Works best with

Wind from the east or south and swell from the north-west at all tides.

Crowd

There’s always a crowd.

Information & board rental

You’ll find several rental shops on the beach.

Praia Grande

Type

Beachbreak with consistent waves. Very exposed.

Works best with

Wind from the east and swell from the (north)west. Surfable at all tides.

Crowd

Large crowd in summertime.

North of Ericeira

Praia Azul

Type

Beachbreak. A beautiful long golden sand beach, with high cliffs on both sides, with dunes in the middle.

Works best with

Wind from the east, swell from the (north)west and around low tide.

Crowd

Not crowded, enough space for everyone

Information & board rental

There is a lot of parking space, but no restaurants or surf shops.

Santa Cruz

Type

Beachbreak. There are almost no sheltered areas, so very exposed to wind and swell. Breaks both left and right.

Works best with

wind from the east, between low- and mid tide, but depending on the sandbanks it can work until high tide.

Crowd

Can be busy in july and august, but the other 10 months of the year you are likely to find just a couple of local surfers in the water.

Information & board rental

Go to Manel Surfshop in town or Noah Surfschool at Praia da Fisica.

Santa Rita

Type

Beachbreak. Several peaks moving depending on the sandbanks. Breaks both left and right.

Works best with

Wind from the east and swell from (north)west, at low tide.

Crowd

No crowd.

Information & board rental

Just a couple of restaurants but no surf shops.

Peniche

Type

Peniche is, just like Ericeira, a surfers heaven. Because of the way the coast is formed, there is always a spot to surf with every swell and wind direction, for all levels. Countless spots, both reef and beachbreaks. Our favorite is Cantino da Baia, on the left side of the big bay between Peniche and Baleal.

It's a consistent beachbreak that is perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers.
Because the beach is curved, the waves differ in size depending on the direction of the swell.

Works best with

Wind from the east, north and north-east and swell from the (north or south)west at all tides.

Crowd

Can be pretty crowded, especially in summertime.

Information & board rental

In all of Peniche there are several places to rent a board. The Rip Curl store is closest to this spot, next to the carpark.

Nazaré

Type

Known worldwide as the spot where the biggest wave ever was surfed.

Works best with

Big swell.

Crowd

Never crowded, except when the waves are bigger dan 15 meters, and the crowd mostly consists of jetski's.

Information & board rental

Be wise and don’t go surfing here 😉

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