Googling Ericeira and all you find is surf?! Keep calm, there is much more to this beautiful, coastal town than its world-class waves!
The Winter in Ericeira Besides Surf
There is life in Ericeira besides surf, there are people out and about. This is true even now in February. The daytime temperatures, in the middle of the winter, have been between 13 and 18 degrees Celsius. With this mild weather and barely any wind, there is no reason to stay in doors.
But, we are not alone in our outdoorsy winter in town. So, who are the others?!
Who Stays in Ericeira When Summer is gone
Having our usual weekend breakfast on a terrace in the main square, we were happy to see the other tables were taken by locals, expats, surfers, and, especially children playing in a car-free space.
Because our children were playing together, we meet another family who had just moved to Ericeira. This is always exciting!
Why Ericeira if not for its Surf?
Although the surf was the reason why we first thought of Ericeira, this was not determinant. High up on our list were other important factors. These included life quality and nature, good and affordable housing options, schools with a good environment, easy access to healthcare, and, of course, proximity to a main international airport.
With or Without Surf, Ericeira is Great all year round
However, there is something we had been asking ourselves, but only recently found the answer. We wondered about Ericeira’s real face, the town that existed in the winter, far from the bright, buzzing summer days.
We had been preparing ourselves to find a dark and dull, empty small town on the outskirts of Lisbon. Luckily, this winter town anxiety was quickly gone.
Our move from London to Ericeira has been an intense journey that we are happy to share with you. At least, this will give you some food for thought. Thus, maybe helping you to decide whether this is your dream town before you make the move.
Share your experiences, thoughts, and pictures with us too. We look forward to hearing from you, whether you live in Ericeira or have visited the town at some point.