A few kilometers from Lisbon this beach is not exactly the best place to swim, but is surely a good place for a brief stay.
Very well maintained and clean, it keeps its typical look in the central area, unspoiled by the massive construction around it.
Good views, and good seafood, it is also one of the first ideas when someone decides to go out without knowing where.
It is small, the water is cold, in the good days risks to be full, but it is there, the sun invites and, usually, is not dangerous.
It never was my first idea in Ericeira, because... never happened, that's all.
Of course, this is only one of the main options nearby, not the best, to be honest, but really close to town.
Ericeira was, in the 18th century, one of the most important fishing places of Portugal (the proximity of Lisbon being the reason).
The conditions of the harbor are hard, and the development moved that importance to other ports - in Lisbon's area, for instance, Peniche and Sesimbra.
Tourism became the first activity, but fishing keeps present, nowadays more sportive than professional.
St Pedro Church
Medieval symbol of justice, most of the small towns with discreet history are proud of their pillory.
Ericeira is no exception, and in 1924 they reconstructed it, with the original stones, buried in place when Ericeira was lowered from "vila" to "freguesia".
Dated from the XIV century it still keeps the rings were the convicted were tied.