Ericeira is an enchanting village located about 11 kilometers west of the city of Mafra, in the region of Lisbon, Portugal.
This village has become an excellent summer resort, which preserves a beautiful old neighborhood, with a labyrinth of adorable streets, and a picturesque fishing port.
Ericeira was also the site of an historic event, when on October 5, 1910 King Manuel II began his path to exile as the Republic was proclaimed in Lisbon.
Its port, located at the foot of a cliff, shelters a fishing beach protected to the north by a breakwater. From the Largo das Ribas, it's possible to contemplate some beautiful views of the port, where fishermen beach their boats and unload their fish, octopuses, and lobster.
The area around the church is a beautiful place to lose yourself in its maze of narrow cobbled streets, flanked by charming white cottages with blue-painted corners, grouped around the parochial church whose interior boasts a coffered ceiling and tiles with colored edges.
The quality of its beaches and their favorable surfing conditions have made Ericeira one of the world's prime surfing locations, and the Ribeira d'ilhas Beach is an obligatory stop for anyone who loves this sport.
If you want to enjoy some lively festivals, visit Ericeira on July 25th, since this is when la Feira de Santiago is celebrated, on the Campo de São Sebastião; la Festa de Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem is also interesting, celebrated on the Sunday closest to August 20; la Festa de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which takes place December 8; and la Festa da Sagrada Familia, which is held on Fonte Boa dos Nabos in August.
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