You’ve probably heard all about Lisbon as a digital nomad destination, but what about its neighbor, Ericeira? Just about 45 minutes northwest of Lisbon is Ericeira, a charming fishing town and surfing paradise in Portugal. It’s such a perfect surf spot that it’s actually the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe!
Ericeira digital nomads can enjoy the laid back vibe of the town, whether or not they are surfers. Sunbathing on one of the several beautiful beaches here is just as popular as surfing! You’ll also find great yoga culture here (which often goes hand in hand with surf culture). There are plenty of yoga studios in Ericeira, and many people come to town for yoga retreats, too.
Ericeira boasts many of the same great weather benefits as Lisbon, like long summers that last into September, mostly sunny days, and mild winters. The climate and affordability make Ericeira a very attractive place to stay and work, so it’s no wonder that it’s an up-and-coming digital nomad destination.
Here are some recommendations for you if you’re thinking about spending some time as an Ericeira digital nomad.
Cost: Is Ericeira expensive?
Portugal is one of the more affordable countries in Western Europe, which makes life a little easier for digital nomads. Cost of living in Ericeira, including groceries and eating out, is relatively low.
Safety: Is Ericeira Safe?
Portugal is considered to be a very safe country, and Ericeira is very safe as well. However, you should always keep your wits about you and be aware of your surroundings to be cautious.
Getting Around Ericeira
Since Ericeira is pretty small, it’s easy to get around. The town is very walkable, and you’ll love wandering the cobblestone streets. You can also rent a car or take the bus to nearby beaches and cities if you need to travel a bit further. Uber is readily available, as well.
Visas for Portugal
For US citizens, no visa is required for stays under 90 days. For Europeans, Portugal is part of the The Schengen Area, making it extra simple for citizens from Schengen Area counties to travel to Portugal.
Cafes in Ericeira
Best Cafes in Ericeira:
- The Mill
- Casa das Três
- O Pãozinho Das Marias
- Bowls - Surf Cafe
- Magic Quiver
Lisbon favorite The Mill has another location in Ericeira! Here, you can enjoy the same delicious third-wave coffee made famous by the Lisbon location. There are loads of menu options with an Australian touch, including vegetarian choices. There’s a good amount of seating, both indoors and outdoors.
This specialty coffee shop has you covered for caffeinated beverages. They’ve got everything from specialty espresso drinks to pour over coffee to various teas...even bubble tea! They also have a great variety of foods for each meal, and many vegan options.
Have a sweet tooth? Head to O Pãozinho Das Marias for delicious pastries to go along with your coffee, including traditional Portuguese Pastel de nata, which is a delicious custard tart. There’s plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy your sweets al fresco.
For classic coffee and specialty coffee in a laid back spot, you’ll love this Surf Cafe which has a nice covered patio for outdoor seating. As the name suggests, you can also get bowls here. You can make your own acai, yogurt, or poke bowl. As for coffee, they have your traditional espresso drinks as well as more unique options like passion fruit iced macchiato or a fig and honey latte.
Where To Eat in Ericeira
Of course, you’d expect to find some amazing seafood while staying in a fishing village, and many people say that the best seafood in town can be found at Mar d'Areia. It’s a favorite among locals, so you know it’s good! Here you can enjoy the freshest seafood, and you can even choose the exact fish you’d like to be cooked for you.
For dinner with an amazing view, especially at sunset, try Brisa, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. You can choose from delicious Portugeuse/Meditteranean dishes, predominantly seafood. Try their lobster, clams, crab, or sea urchin!
While you wouldn’t expect a surf shop to serve food, let alone make killer sandwiches, Magic Quiver is a must-visit. They have some great sandwich options, ranging from Maldivian inspired tangy tuna to Turkish inspired falafel. They also have all-day breakfast and brunch options.
Craving traditional Italian food? You can get delicious pasta dishes or pizza made with fresh ingredients at Pão D'alho. Pizzas range from the classic margherita pizza to the quattro stagioni which has prawns, ham, mushrooms, and olives. Plenty of vegetarian options are available.
Nightlife in Ericeira
At this small tiki style bar, the crowd spills out to dance on the surrounding cobblestone streets. There are a bunch of great cocktails to choose from, like Mai Tais in tiki totem cups and fruity drinks in big pineapple containers. You can also catch various types of live music here.
You don’t find a semi-outdoor nightclub too often, and that’s just part of the reason why you should head to Pedro Pescador for late night drinking and lounging. The club has a lot of seating if you’d rather hang out than dance, and of course, yummy cocktails that’ll keep you coming back.
Hemingway’s is a small bar with a chill atmosphere. The bar specializes in gin and gin cocktails – they have over 70 kinds! Of course, if you’re not a gin drinker, you can choose from wine and beer, too. Sit inside or outside and enjoy some casual drinks.
This bar is a favorite for locals. You can enjoy specialty cocktails made by bartenders who really know their stuff. They play a variety of different types of music, from jazz to reggae to blues to ‘80s tunes. They often have live music, as well.
Day Trips from Ericeira
Peniche is a unique seaside city peninsula about an hour north of Ericeira. Aside from being a prime surf spot with huge waves, this fishing town is charming and has plenty to explore...and tons of fresh seafood to be eaten! You can also explore the Peniche Fortress if you’re into history. Off the coast of Peniche is a set of tiny islands that make up the Berlengas Natural Reserve. Take a boat over and check out all the unique wildlife. You can even snorkel or scuba dive here to see the marine wildlife up close.
Check Out Nearby Beaches
Take advantage of being on the coast and check out some other beaches. You don’t have to travel far for a change of scenery! Praia de São Julião and Praia da Foz do Lizandro are just a bit south of central Ericeira, and are favorites among surfers because it has some consistently huge waves. Praia da Foz do Lizandro has a really big sandy area as well which is great for sunbathing. Further north are Praia dos Coxos and Praia de São Lourenço, which–you guessed it–are also great for experienced surfers. At all of these beaches you can find surf rentals and usually beach chair and umbrella rentals, as well.
Best beaches near Ericeira:
- Praia da Foz do Lizandro
- Praia dos Coxos
- Praia de São Lourenço
- Praia de São Julião
Sintra is a must see, and it’s only about 30 minutes away from Ericeira. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s breathtaking whether or not you’re super into history. The city filled with palaces, castles, and other amazing historical architectural structures. Pena Palace and Castelo dos Mouros are two of the most famous ones to explore. The whole area is truly magical, and it has a totally different vibe than Ericeira or Lisbon. There are plenty of guided tours you can sign up for if you’d like to get the inside scoop on what you’re seeing from an expert.