Digital Nomad Guide to Ericeira, Portugal
The ultimate digital nomad guide to Ericeira, including where to stay and live, coworking spaces, coffee shops, and day trips from Ericeira.
Just a quick trip from Lisbon, Ericeira is a charming coastal town, known for its beautiful beaches and year round swell. People are quickly catching on to its allure, causing a spike in the number of digital nomads here. Because of this, you can find a healthy supply of resources available for remote workers (think: cowork spaces, fast WiFi, lots of cafes to work from, and more). Below you'll find a collection of our top recommendations.
Digital Nomad Community in Ericeira
Ericeira is just 45 minutes away from Lisbon, situated by the seaside with epic waves and a slow pace of life. It's a pretty charming little village that has attracted many likeminded digital nomads. There are plenty of cowork spaces and cafes with fast WiFi scattered around, and it's pretty easy to slip right into the community and meet other remote workers.
Coworking Spaces in Ericeira
The Salt Studio Cowork Ericeira
This is a cowork and events studio that offers weekly, daily and monthly memberships.
Kelp Coworking Space Ericeira
Located in the center of the city, Kelp Coworking has two phone booths, a meeting room, and a large outside patio with daily, weekly and monthly memberships.
Our space features floor to ceiling windows, 10 private rooms, desks in all rooms and a dedicated workspace.
Coworking spaces and cafes with WiFi in Ericeira
Cafes with Wifi in Ericeira:
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. 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 custard tarts, pastels de nata. There’s plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy your sweets al fresco.
For classic 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 açai, 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.
GiG - The Green is Good
Great spot for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. GiG specializes in healthy food and their menu features many vegan and vegetarian options available.
Dear Rose café
Don't miss the coffee here, or their bowls, or pretty much anything else on their menu. Enjoy the outside seating on their terrace with sea views nearby.
Located in the center of Ericeira, Sunset Bamboo serves up some delicious coffee, sandwiches, and açai bowls. The space is cute and comfortable and has indoor and outdoor seating.
Magic Quiver Surf Shop
Imagine: surf shop meet cafe meets deli. Magic Quiver Surf Shop is the place to go for everything you'd expect: boards, rentals, lessons, but they also have a great cafe/deli where you can set up shop for a bit.
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. It's also a great place to get your seafood fix. Check out the Peniche Fortress for some 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.
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 history is your thing. 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.
Check Out Nearby Beaches
Praia de São Julião and Praia da Foz do Lizandro are just south of central Ericeira, and are favorites among surfers as there is consistently big swell. 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.
Gyms and yoga studios in Ericeira
This beautiful boutique hotel offers yoga classes 4 days a week.
Outdoor cross training Ericeira
Workout outdoors in small groups at their one hour cross fit training sessions, held daily.
Shopping and groceries in Ericeira
Loja da Amélia is a local grocery store, 3 minutes walking from Outsite Ericeira. There is also a butcher and fish monger on the same square. If you'd prefer to use a large supermarket, Continente is a 10 minute walk up hill. This is a bigger supermarket, where you can find all of your groceries, toiletries and some homewares.
Health food stores
You can find nuts, seeds, grains and some nut butters in the organic market Be U - Organic Market.
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. If you're a non EU citizen working remotely and staying in Portugal for more, you may qualify for Portugal's D7 Visa.
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.
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.
Getting Around Ericeira
Ericeira is small and rather 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 further. Uber is readily available, as well.