Surfvacation in Ericeira
July 14, 2019Travel
recently I have been to Portugal, in a small village named Ericeira to be precise, where I learned how to surf.
Ericeira is a small town about 45 minutes in the north of Lissabon.
If I had to pick one word to describe this place it would be the word chilled. I think everything about this city, it’s people, food, restaurants, bars and even the animals give me a feeling of deep relaxation. And the best part: There are no tourists. Just locals and a few backpackers, who happened to stay in Ericeira way too long, because they are just in love. (This would be me if I had no job at home haha).
The highlight of the city are, of course, the surfers, who can be found in every corner of the city. They look exactly like you would imagine a typical surfer: A way to dark/red tan, long blond hair with lightened ends and a layer of thick sunscreen on their face. Their attitude just screams CHILL. What is it anyways that all surfers look the same? Even my surf-coach, the old Jorge, looked exactly, like the other guys, only with grey hair. He was so cute. Anyway, after 5 days of surfing I looked just one of them haha.
Oh and Ericeira is the best place to learn surfing. There are tons of beaches, which are perfect for surfing. The waves are big, but not too big so that they are suitable for beginners. But there are also a lot of Pro’s.
I step out of the car and smell the scent of the ocean for the first time. This is always my favorite moment. Immediate happiness. I feel even more fulfilled, when I come to our hostel GiG capsule, which is located directly at the center of the old town. I have slept over at hostels before, that’s why I have been prepared to be sleeping in a stale aired room with 8 other snoring people with absolutely no privacy at all. But it came by surprise that the hostel was actually REALLY NICE. Like reaaaaaally nice.
The breakfast of the hostel is included in the price and it takes place at the Green is Good café, which is in the same building. The motto of the GiG brand is to live a healthy and active lifestyle. That’s why the breakfast is super healthy. You can choose a juice or smoothie out of 4 options, a coffee and either pancakes with 3 toppings or toast with 3 toppings of your choice. The main menu are scrambled eggs, accompanied by a beautiful trio of cherry tomatoes, avocado and fresh mozzarella, topped with some basilikum pesto. I absolutely loved it. (you know me). The breakfasts always gave me enough energy for the whole day of adventures and surfing.
At 2 o’clock we have our first surf lesson. Before I go into the water, I had to overcome my fear three times, already. But, eventually I would get into the water. Then I really enjoy my first time on a surf board.
After the breakfast today we drove to Lissabon, where we did nothing special. I ate some Pastels de Nata, a Portuguese specialty. It is basically a little pastry filled with vanilla pudding. So yummy.
Then we went sight seeing.
Our surf-lesson starts at 5 o’clock and today we went to a different beach. I call it „the diva beach“. Beautiful from the outside, horrific at the inside. Even though it looks like a Baywatch beach, it’s so hard to surf. The waves are huge and really fast. I got under the water like 10 times. The wave eats you like monster.
2 hours passed by and I stood up 2 times max. Faaail.
Today I did nothing, except to lay on the beach and exploring the beautiful nature around Ericeira. I got really tanned and a bit sunburned, as well. But, no risk no fun, right?
At 5 o’clock we had our surfing lesson and it went great. I caught almost every wave and I manage to stand up and turn a little. I was so proud of myself haha.
After the surfing, we went on a drink with our friends. The bar had a really nice view on the ocean, where we watched the sunset and talked for hours. Oh, how I love those summer nights.
After breakfast we went on a little road trip down to the south of Lisbon to make one of my childhood dreams come true: Horseback riding at the beach. We rode with an agency called Cavalos na Areia On Lusitanos (my favorite Horse breed). We rode directly at the beach and in the water. The highlight were the dolphins, swimming only 20m away from us. I have never seen anything like it before.
Just like every day we had our surfing lesson at 5 pm. Thank god we were at my favorite beach again, where I did great last time. After the surfing class we went to my favorite restaurant TIK TAK, where we had the scampi with bread and garlic oil, for main course the filet steak.
Today we had our surfing lesson at 11 am. Unfortunately we had to go to the beach of horror again. It wasn’t that great for me today, to be honest. But, at least I did a little better than the first time we were there. After all, there should be at least a little bit of progress.
After that I strolled around the city for a while, got an acai bowl and bought the most beautiful dress of my life. I will show you in another blog post.
Then, we drove to Sintra, where we went to see the beautiful palace of pena. More about it, you can read here.
Finally we made our way back to Lisbon, where we stayed in the hostel Bluestock for the last night. We left the luggage there in went out into the nightlife of Lisbon.
First stop was at the most famous burger place of Lisbon, called A Culture de Hamburger. This place well deserved it’s name, because it was the best freakin burger I had in my entire life.
With our bellies filled up, we met our friends from the surf course for a drink. We went to a little place, where we listened to the traditional Fado and drank Sangria. Successful night.
I woke up in Lisbon at around 9 30 am, because we went to sleep at 4 am. After the breakfast, which was O.K., we went shopping and I bought some really cool, white, flowy yoga pants and a nice summer pullower. Then, we spontaneously decided to go to the castle of Sao Jorge, which is located directly in the center of the city.
We almost missed our flight. But, thankfully our plane got delayed and we flew back to Austria.
Bye, bye Portugal