fbRapture Ericeira — Thermal
Accommodation
Apartments, private & shared rooms
Duration
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport) (LIS)

Europe’s surfing paradise

"Described as the premier surf destination in Europe and an authentic old fishermen’s village with a young and beating surfing heart. Here, you’ll find the best surf spots on the Old Continent! Friendly faces, incredible food, and so much more."

The surf

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Ericeira is one of the world’s best places to learn the art of surfing. Here you’ll have access to a wide variety of waves that are consistent 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 co-operation 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 lodge

The surf camp is just a few steps away from the ocean. Overlooking Foz do Lizandro beach. It is only a 30-min walk from Ericeira’s Old Town. Housed in a traditional Portuguese 2-story villa, our camp is designed to cater to all your pre and post-surfing needs.

In addition to shared and private rooms in the main camp building, we also offer apartments for rent right next door. For travelers arriving in groups, couples, or families, these accommodations offer the perfect opportunity to blend the adventurous surf camp atmosphere with the comfort of more space and privacy.

You will be able to fully relax and enjoy the view on our cozy panoramic roof terrace with a relaxed lounge and views over the Lizandro River valley, perfect for practicing Yoga and enjoy sunsets. Stay active and join our yoga sessions or take a sup for a paddle down the river. Catch up with your friends via our fast and free wifi, or go to Ericeira’s Old Town using our rental bikes or skateboards in less than 15 minutes. That is where you can indulge in fantastic local cuisine and experience Ericeira’s vivid nightlife.

On weekdays, dinner is served by chef Mikey. He is world-famous among our guests and his food creations delight both meat lovers and vegetarian enthusiasts. Come visit some of Europe’s most unspoiled beaches in the heart of the Portuguese countryside and catch the waves of a lifetime!

Our surf school

Located at Foz do Lizandro.This sandy beach represents the perfect stomping ground for beginners. Its mellow waves and sandy bottom make it is a great place to learn how to surf. All of the beach breaks we frequent are within a 7-mile radius of the camp.

Location

Europe/Portugal/Ericeira
Getting there
We are located about 30-45 minutes away from the Lisbon Airport by car. Airport transfers could be arranged for an extra fee.

Rapture Surf Camps

Leading trips since 2003
Ana Isa
Head Manager
Ana Isa
Ana Isa

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.

Languages: English, Portuguese
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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Our shared twin room is a two-bed dorm r... more
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Our apartment B was recently renovated a... more
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The room itself is a private room with a... more
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From $142 / night
This private double room comes with a co... more
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This apartment is located in our second... more
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Questions?

What's included?
Breakfast buffet, dinner, wifi, surf theory classes (three times a week), and daily use of bicycles, kayaks, and skateboards.
What's not included?
Airport transfers, surf classes, yoga classes, and lunch.
Is parking available?
You can park safely and for free just next to the camp, there is a carpark on the road down towards the beach.
How do I arrive by car?
One of the easiest ways to reach Ericeira is by rental car. The 37km journey is fast and offers empty express roads (there are tolls to pay). The route heads north from Lisbon along the A8 and then we... read more
Can I arrive by public transportation?
The bus company “Mafrense” drives from the Metro Station “Campo Grande” in Lisbon directly to Ericeira Terminal. From the airport you can either take a taxi to Campo Grande or you can take the metro.... read more
Does Rapture Ericeira close for winter?
Yes, we are opened from April 1st and we close on November 1st for winter. This is our annual schedule.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.
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