Welcome to Ericeira


'Ericeira' comes from Ouriceira, which means a place flush with ouriços (sea urchins). Fans of the purple version of the spiny delicacy will be delighted during the season (late October to April) and during the city's Festival do Ouriço-do-Mar in April.


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Private Tour: Seafood Festival Lunch at Fishing Village and cultural experience

Begin your tour with hotel pickup at 9:30am.  Then, you will travel in a new, air-conditioned minivan to the Fishing Village of Ericeira   (about 45 minutes) .   In the morning our first stop will be Mafra to see from outside The Palace of Mafra - monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery and is an excellent place to stop for cake (Pastel de Mafra) and coffee before Ericeira. 11:30 AM Ericeira is a fishing village famed for its fish and seafood dishes-Check out the traditional whitewashed houses and old churches will relax your mind and send you back to a simpler, quieter time. Natural scenery also abounds, with stunning views of spectacular cliffs and beaches that will take up plenty of space on your camera’s memory card.12:40 AM Arriving the Restaurant right in front of the beautiful sea in Ericeira, you can eat the best fresh seafood meal (Crab / Lobster / Shrimp and much more) with Portuguese wine you Bear.The departure from the restaurant will be at 2:45 PM and you could choose to visit the Cabo da Roca – Roca Cape is the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal or return directly to Lisbon. The estimated arrival at the Hotel will be at 5:00PM or 6:00PM (depending if you prefer the long way or short way to return).Ericeira: Considered one of Europe’s best ‘small destinations’! Ericeira is a quite ancient town, believed to be connected with the Phoenicians. The sea has always had an essential role for the village and it was a very important port during the 19th century. This is the place where the Portuguese royal family escaped to their exile after the 1908 regicide. Ericeira is a popular beach destination, known for its natural beauty, welcoming atmosphere and delicious seafood. Have time to visit the Palace of Mafra that is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery. Construction began in 1717 and was completely concluded in 1755. The palace was classified as a National Monument in 1910, and was also one of the finalists of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

$251.18 Day Trips & Excursions

Mafra and Ericeira Private Day Trip from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalBuilt in the 18th century by order of King João V (1689-1750) in fulfilment of a vow he made, to be blessed with an heir from his marriage to Maria Ana of Austria, or be cured of a serious illness, the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra is the most important baroque monument in Portugal. All in limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 m2), including 1.200 rooms, more than 4.700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards. Such magnificence was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing the King to carry out his patronage of the arts and the strengthening of royal authority.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aldeia Tipica Jose Franco, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalTypical Village of José Franco is a living museum to show the customs, labor activities and other aspects of rural life in Portugal.Duration: 30 minutes

$62.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Private day tour visiting two baroque palaces and the scenic Atlantic coastline from Sintra to Ericeira

If you have already visited Sintra and its western and southern surroundings, such as Estoril, Cascais and Roca Cape, you may be surprised to know that the region has much more to offer. The northern side of Sintra Hills is a place of old traditions, royal palaces and stunning views over the ocean.Among the historical attractions of the region stands out the awesome Palace of Mafra, a splendid Baroque building, considered one of greatest monuments in Portugal. Built in the 18th century, Mafra's complex (palace, convent and basilica) was ordered by the king João V, who using the incomes from the gold of Brazil, designed the building with great opulence and sumptuousness.The visit to the Palace of Mafra will help us to understand the religious and messianic ideas that dominated the King João V's reign.The palace and its construction provided the settings and background to the awarded novel “Memorial do Convento” written by José Saramago, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998.On the way to Mafra we will visit another royal palace, the National Palace of Queluz, also known as the Portuguese “Versailles”. This palace and its wonderful gardens were frequently used for glamorous parties of the nobility and as a retreat to the court.Peter I Emperor of Brazil was born in the same bedroom of the Queluz Palace, where he died 35 years later. The bedroom of the emperor was kept intact as it was, until nowadaysBetween visits to the two palaces we will have our lunch in Ericeira, a coastline village, well-known by its natural beauty, picturesque architecture, seafood restaurants and for being an important internationally known surf spot.

$45.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

PRIVATE TOUR ATLÂNTICO - CASCAIS SINTRA & ERICEIRA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cascais Marina, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalIn this tour we will visit three villages also distinguished by belonging to a Saloia region, located by Cascais following the Guincho that is part of the natural park of Sintra. Cascais with a large stretch of sand, a mountain range of Sintra and the dunes give an internationally recognized landscape.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Guincho Beach, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalIn this tour we will visit three villages also distinguished by belonging to a Saloia region, located by Cascais following the Guincho that is part of the natural park of Sintra. Cascais with a large stretch of sand, a mountain range of Sintra and the dunes give an internationally recognized landscape.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Farol do cabo da Roca, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalContinuing by the Cape of Rock that is the most Western point of mainland Portugal, as well as continental Europe.We can pass through a vast number of beaches in Sintra such as Praia da Adraga, Praia da Grande, Praia Pequena, Praia das Maçãs, Azenhas do Mar, Praia da Aguda, Praia do Magoito and São Julião Beach, also known as Praia Foz of Falcão, the river of Foz do Falcão personifies the natural border between the Vilas of Sintra and Ericeira.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Praia das MaçãsContinuing by the Cape of Rock that is the most Western point of mainland Portugal, as well as continental Europe.We can pass through a vast number of beaches in Sintra such as Praia da Adraga, Praia da Grande, Praia Pequena, Praia das Maçãs, Azenhas do Mar, Praia da Aguda, Praia do Magoito and São Julião Beach, also known as Praia Foz of Falcão, the river of Foz do Falcão personifies the natural border between the Vilas of Sintra and Ericeira.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Lugar das Piscinas das Azenhas do Mar, Azenhas do Mar, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalContinuing by the Cape of Rock that is the most Western point of mainland Portugal, as well as continental Europe.We can pass through a vast number of beaches in Sintra such as Praia da Adraga, Praia da Grande, Praia Pequena, Praia das Maçãs, Azenhas do Mar, Praia da Aguda, Praia do Magoito and São Julião Beach, also known as Praia Foz of Falcão, the river of Foz do Falcão personifies the natural border between the Vilas of Sintra and Ericeira.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ericeira Sup, Ericeira, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalLet's take a stroll in Ericeira, considered as a surfing reserve, full of grilled fish, tasty seafood, beautiful beaches, and for its traditional cakes, we can enjoy all this and much more of this Vila facing the sea ...Duration: 2 hours

$45.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

PRIVATE TOUR QUELUZ, MAFRA E ERICEIRA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: National Palace of Queluz, Queluz, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalPalácio Nacional de QueluzMuseums and PalacesThe Palace of Queluz and its gardens, represents one of the finest examples of late 18th-century Portuguese architecture.Built at the orders of Pedro III, the husband of D. Maria I (1734-1816), and used as a royal residence, this palace is one of the finest examples of Portuguese architecture in the late 18C. It has been further enriched by an important museum of decorative art, whose collections mostly belonged to the royal family and are exhibited in an appropriate setting. Many of the rooms are decorated in the rocaille style, such as the superb Throne Room, its walls lined with mirrors and magnificent carved gilded woodwork.The surrounding gardens are embellished with fountains and ornamental ponds, where sparkling water spouts forth from mythological figures. Particularly impressive is the group of sculptures around the Neptune Basin.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalPalácio Nacional e Convento de MafraMuseums and PalacesThe sheer magnificence of the monumental architectural design of the palace, convent and basilica of Mafra bears witness to the opulence of the court of king João V (1707-1750). It was king João V who ordered the building of what proved to be the defining landmark of the Portuguese Baroque era. The design was by Frederico Ludovice who incorporated an architectural language and style Italian in inspiration.The summer residence of the royal family, the Palace includes various collections featuring works by mainly Portuguese, Italian and French artists working to royal order including Baroque painting and sculpture, religious vestments and ornaments and mural paintings by leading Portuguese artists including Cirilo Volkmar Machado and Domingos Sequeira. The Basilica houses a set of six organs, unique worldwide and they come in addition to two carillons totalling 114 bells - 57 in each tower. Made in Antwerp in the 18th century, they are also the largest of their kind worldwide. The Rocaille Library must be seen. On the eastern wing of the Convent of Mafra, the library is housed in an 83-metre main room, the longest in the complex. It is by far the most important monastic-royal library of the 18th century in Portugal. The Monks from the Convent of Arrábida organised the some 40,000 18th and 19th century volumes into a system that has survived to this day. They drew up a catalogue featuring the titles of all books acquired through to 1819. This valuable collection includes, 16th, 17th and 18th century books, many of them highly rare, such as the 22 foreign incunabula and 41 maps.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Aldeia Tipica Jose Franco, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalThe José Franco Museum Village, José Franco Typical Village, Typical Village of the Sobreiro region or simply Saloia Village. All of these names point to the small region of Sobreiro, between Ericeira and Mafra, home to one of the country’s best-known museum villages.The history of the small village dates back to the birth of the potter José Franco, in 1920. His father was a shoemaker and his mother, a vendor of chinaware, who would sell clayware from door to door, as well as at many fairs and local markets. As Sobreiro was an important centre for pottery, José Franco was familiar with the trade from an early age, and while still a child, he left primary school, learnt the trade with two local master potters, before working independently at 17 years of age. At the time, he restored the pottery studio that belonged to his grandfather, which had fallen into disuse.At the start of the 1960s, José Franco gave wings to a dream, that of recreating an ethnographic village, in which his childhood memories would crystallise, in witness to the lifestyle of the locals, as a homage to his native land. His village would have two components: it would be a replica of the ancient workshops and stores, the lived spaces, adorned and fitted with real objects, where the customs and work activities that were an intrinsic part of his childhood and the country life of the Mafra region would be reproduced. Simultaneously, the village would include a play area, aimed at children, full of miniature houses and inhabitants which would portray the activities carried out at that time: farm work, carpentry, windmills, chapels, grocery stores, wineries, peasantry and even a reproduction of the fishing village of Ericeira and the trades connected to the sea. In later years, the Village Museum was improved by the construction of a third area, walled like a castle, with a children’s park, incorporating some agricultural implements, which the children could move freely.Today, this little world, moulded by José Franco’s hands (he passed away in 2009), is visited by thousands of people every year. And, in addition to the exhibition of the figures in the museum that was dedicated to him, visitors can find life-size replicas of castle walls, windmills, a children’s park, a small winery in which one can try the region’s wines and even a bakery, where one can buy the famous bread with chouriço, and other products. The José Franco Village is the fruit of a lifetime dedication to the refined traditional activity of pottery, further demonstrating the rich artisanal culture of Mafra Municipality.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ericeira Sup, Ericeira, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalEriceiraTowns and VillagesA traditional fishing village, Ericeira has developed enormously during the 20th century due to the growing interest in it as a summer resort. It has, however, maintained its original characteristics and its own individual atmosphere.Fifty kilometres from Lisbon, in an easily accessible area, its beaches are very crowded during the summer, and are considered among the best in Europe for surfing. Ribeira d`Ilhas Beach, where one of the World Surfing Championship contests is held every year, is worth a special mention.A visit to Ericeira is also an excellent opportunity to try the shellfish and fresh fish dishes, the speciality of the regional cuisine.Duration: 2 hours

$1026.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Gastronomy & Heritage from Lisbon - PRIVATE GROUP

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalIn order to build up our appetite, we'll begin the day with a bit of Portuguese culture and history in Mafra (30min from Lisbon): We’ll visit one of the most iconic portuguese royal palaces in Mafra. It’s a place of magic where one massive building houses a convent, a palace, a basilica and one of the most beautiful libraries in the world! Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Praia dos Pescadores, Ericeira, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central Portugalwe’ll visit the fishing village of Ericeira, where we'll show you the local fishing spot and the local fish market in order to buy a fresh fish for lunch. We know you might be hungry but don't worry! We will provide you with some local delicacies.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Lines of Torres Vedras, Torres Vedras, Lisbon District, Central Portugalwe will head towards an old family owned vineyard where we will go on a wine tour... The culmination of the day will take place shortly at the same place, when we experience the ultimate portuguese lunch with a fresh fish grilled to perfection (the one we bought ; meat and vegetarian options available)… Did we mention that lunch will take place on the outside and facing the vineyards?Duration: 3 hours