Ericeira is a coastal city located in the District of Mafra, northwest of Lisbon. The region has registered settlements dated from pre-history, but during the Portuguese unification as a country, existed as a fisherman village. At the beginning of the XX century became famous for being the place where the Portuguese royal family fled during the installation of the republic in 1910. Today the place is one of the main tourist destinations in Portugal for those who practice surfing. The parish is known worldwide for the ideal conditions of waves and wind for the practice of sport and also bodyboarding. Economically, the city depends on tourism and recently started to have more residents coming from all over the world in search of facilities to support the practice of Surfing.
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Ericeira is very close to the Portuguese Capital, Lisbon, to the Mafra, the capital of the district, and to Sintra, which makes the location ideal for those who live in the big city and want to spend the weekend enjoying the amazing Portuguese seaside. Normally, Ericeira is a very calm village and stands as an escape from the crowded beaches of the Algarve, and the one on the Cascais Line, closer to Lisbon. Life in Ericeira is simple, as the city is not so big and also not the main tourist destination, but it presents a great quality due to the amazing beaches and traditional gastronomy.