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Ericeira

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Ericeira

My husband, son and I hope to stay in Ericeira for about a week in October to catch some waves and experience a little of the Portuguese culture - hope someone may be able to help us with some local knowledge:

What is the best way to get from Porto to Ericeira without a car (shortest/least complicated); also from Ericeira to Lisbon as well as Cascais / Sintra for day trips ?

For Surfers, if staying in town, how easy is it to get to local breaks without a car and also recommendations for board hire? And, in case a car is essential - is there car-hire in town?

We would like to stay in an apartment or home for the week to self-cater as well as try the local menus - any suggestions for 2-3 br close to the water (prefer not serviced/hotel type rooms).

We would really like to get the feeling for the town as well as the surfing.

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1. Re: Ericeira

To go from Porto to Ericeira you have to go trough Lisboa. You can arrive to Lisboa by bus or train and then you have to go to "Campo Grande" area to take the bus to Ericeira (bus company Mafrense). There are fewer buses to Ericeira on weekends. I personally think that, being 3 persons, a car would be handy (and possibly even more economic), but rented at Porto to go direct to Ericeira.

http://www.ericeira.net/#/beaches

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Also, it is not at all easy to get from Ericeira to Sintra and Cascais by bus as there are no direct routes.

In your case, a rented car would be by far the most convenient means of travel although probably more costly.

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There is a car hire place next to the taxi rank just behind the main square but it would be cheaper to book one in advance as you will pay a premium booking it in town. Plenty of board hire places around town. There is a place directly on Foz do Lizandro beach that is very popular. Check out www.ericeirasurfguide.com, www.pocean.pt and www.ericeira.net for more options.

Renting a car would be the easy option as some of the best waves are out of town. I'm just back a couple of weeks ago from Ericeira and would recommend rent4less or rentauto as both were excellent and fairly inexpensive. I booked them through www.economycarhire.com.

Lots of good self catering accom in Ericeira through sites like home & away. We stayed at this apartment again this time. homeaway.co.uk/Portugal/…p51423.htm. Very large apartment and around a 10 min walk into the old town. It was not dear at all.

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Thank you for the suggestions - seems like a car is likely to be the best option. We have been trying to avoid driving as we are unused to driving on the right-hand side of the road and had heard the traffic is very crazy in Portugal (hoping to stay with train and bus), but we will rethink this now.

Thanks also for the weblinks - the local knowledge and advice from others who have used the specific providers (eg week-end transport shortages and car rentals) is so helpful.

Thanks again 64novpt, cubsur and thehappytourist

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Driving in Portugal is not that bad despite all the stories although driving in Lisbon's rush hour is not for the faint hearted (they just don't give way). Most major roads have tolls and for that reason are much quieter than their UK equivilents and easy to drive. You will be surprised how quickly you adapt to driving on the right.

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