Ericeira is one of the world’s best places to learn the art of surfing. Here you will have access to a wide variety of consistent waves all year round. Enjoy sunny and warm summers, fresh seafood and delicious specialties, incredible nature, and an alluring local atmosphere.
The majority of Portuguese pro surfers come here due to the high quality of its waves. One of the longest breaks, Ribeira d’llhas, hosts two WSL competitions annually.
The Atlantic Ocean can get very cold, and the reefs can be sharp, so we advise you to wear a 4/3 wetsuit and booties. The air temperature can reach higher temperatures in the summer than usual, so the cool water feels nice and refreshing.
Ericeira is a surf mecca: the incredible breaks and pristine condition of the local beaches and water prompted environmental organization “Save the Waves Coalition,” in cooperation with the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the National Surfing Reserves of Australia, to select Ericeira as a dedicated World Surfing Reserve - the first and only one in Europe.
The village of Ericeira, Europe’s top surf location, is home to our first Surf Villa. Ericeira, located 35 kilometers north of Lisbon, is an original ancient fishermen’s community with a thriving surfing scene.
Located on top of the beautiful Coxos Beach, lies our first-ever Surf Villa in Ericeira. Still, in the parish of Santo Isidoro, we find a small but pleasant horseshoe-shaped beach, bathed by extremely clear waters and sheltered from the north wind.
Moreover, our modern and spacious Villa is composed of two floors. Moreover, we offer private and shared room options for your convenience, all decorated with style and elegance. Enjoy the best quality time on our terrace and infinity pool directly facing the beautiful Portuguese Sea!
After our delicious breakfast is served, guests get driven over to Foz do Lizandro to join the lessons. Guests can stay there for as long as they want: hang out in our surf camp, have lunch at the beach, and of course, surf! Another shuttle goes back to Coxos after lunch and another one mid-afternoon. If you want to come back to the Villa a bit later, the last shuttle goes before dinner! In total, Rapture camps provides 4 daily shuttles from our Surf Villa to our Surfcamp.
Our house chef prepares daily breakfast and dinner on weekdays. His culinary delights appeal to both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Come catch the waves of a lifetime on some of Europe’s most unspoiled beaches in the heart of the Portuguese countryside.
Learn to surf in Ericeira
Relax on our patio next to our infinity pool and take in the scenery, for example! Join our yoga programs or take a surf lesson with Rapture Surfcamps to stay active. Use our fast and free WiFi to keep in touch with pals, or meet the rest of the gang at our main location in Foz do Lizandro. That’s where you can sample some of Ericeira’s best local cuisine and take in the city’s vibrant nightlife.
Rapture Surf Camps were founded in 2003 by two amazing people with one thing in common - a love of surfing. Not just the sport, but the lifestyle and the travel and adventure involved in the search for new places to surf in far-off countries while experiencing diverse cultures.
One came from Australia, a stronghold of modern surfing. He was born and bred with the ocean on his doorstep and started surfing at a very young age, competing in contests and eventually becoming one of Sydney’s top surf photographers. Later, one of Portugal’s most respected big wave water photographers. The other hailed from Austria, a country landlocked on all sides. Without the ocean nearby, from an early age, his afternoons and weekends were spent snowboarding in the winter. And, of course, wakeboarding in the summer. It was not until later in life that he was blessed with a love of surfing. He pursued his new passion at every opportunity.
Each an entrepreneur in his own right, a chance meeting while surfing and traveling in Morocco resulted in the two putting their heads together in order to find a way to pursue their dreams. They wanted to surf great waves for the rest of their lives, the dream of all surfers. And so Rapture Surf Camps was born.
Now they’re a network of seven unique surf camps in four countries on three continents. In the last fifteen years, we’ve helped more than fifteen thousand people from all over the world to learn to surf and find the best waves.