Did you really come to Ericeira if you didn’t at least try surfing? This unassuming coastal town was declared a World Surfing Reserve (Europe’s first) back in 2011, in homage to its beach breaks, spitting tubes and surf culture. While the majority of waves here are best suited to more advanced surfers, there’s a generous handful of schools and classes for novice boarders. Try Waves & Lines Surf Academy, Ericeira Surf School or Surf Riders, which also teaches SUP, yoga, horse riding and climbing. With options to rent and experts behind the tills, shops such as 58 Surf, Magic Quiver and Ericeira Surf & Skate are good for getting the gear (whether or not you have any idea how to use it). Time your trip in line with tours by the World Surf League and Quiksilver Pro Ericeira competitions to see pros in action.
Ericeira Surf School, Despomar, Lda, 1 Rua Mira Parque, 2655-482 Ericeira