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Villa Ana Margarida Beach

Praceta da Praia do Matadouro, 2655-467 Ericeira - Portugal, Ericeira, Portugal

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Villa Ana Margarida Beach
Reviews (107)
5 out of 5

12 Villas to Uniquely designed traditional fishermen houses with Portuguese & Gaudi influences. Surrounded by private gardens, with swimming pool and incredible views overlooking Matadouro surf beach.

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Overlooking Matadouro surf beach. Across from the Quiksilver skate park. In a quiet private gated area 600 metres from the town centre. Supermarket is 600 metres walk. Coffee shop 2 minutes walk. Ribeira D'Ilhas surf beach 15 minutes walk.

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Review from Ekaterina
Ekaterina
LONDON, United Kingdom
June 2017
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Staying in Villa Ana Margarida was like a fairy tale (absolutely magic place just by the ocean). The villa is exactly like it looks like on the pictures and much better than this. Created in Park Guell style, it has a plenty of hidden gems and lovely spots. Great thanks to the management team. The guys did a great job to make sure this holiday is unforgettable :)

Ericeira is just 10 mins walk from the villa - so you are quiet close to the town life but also distant enough to enjoy quiet nights. Ericeira has a variety of small nice restaurants and place to drink some wine/cocktails (all with very relaxed atmosphere). Painted in white and blue, the town is very cute. Definitely worth visiting! :)

How were the surf lessons with Na Onda?

     

We took several lessons at Na Onda school and this was a great experience for us as beginners. The instructors were always there for us and were really helpful. The beach where we had classes was great - lots of cafes to chill out after the lessons. If not, you can chill at the beach and get some tan :)

Review from Ekaterina
Ekaterina
LONDON, United Kingdom
June 2017
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Staying in Villa Ana Margarida was like a fairy tale (absolutely magic place just by the ocean). The villa is exactly like it looks like on the pictures and much better than this. Created in Park Guell style, it has a plenty of hidden gems and lovely spots. Great thanks to the management team. The guys did a great job to make sure this holiday is unforgettable :)

Ericeira is just 10 mins walk from the villa - so you are quiet close to the town life but also distant enough to enjoy quiet nights. Ericeira has a variety of small nice restaurants and place to drink some wine/cocktails (all with very relaxed atmosphere). Painted in white and blue, the town is very cute. Definitely worth visiting! :)

How were the surf lessons with Na Onda?

     

We took several lessons at Na Onda school and this was a great experience for us as beginners. The instructors were always there for us and were really helpful. The beach where we had classes was great - lots of cafes to chill out after the lessons. If not, you can chill at the beach and get some tan :)

Review from Samantha
Samantha
London, United Kingdom
June 2017
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Villa Ana Margarida was fantastic. What a gem! I would highly recommend this for a family break/holiday. We will be returning. Hugo was a very good host immediately making it feel like home from home. My husband does not like the sea and had not been in the sea for 20 years but on day 2 Pedro "Activitysurf" had him on a surf board. He now has the bug and at aged 50 I think this is great. Our 15 year old son is also very keen to repeat this trip next year for a bit longer.

How were the surf lessons with Na Onda?

     

Pedro and his team were fantastic, on our return we will be requesting a couple of private lessons with him. His consciousness of his groups abilities and his awareness of safety was excellent. He made us 1st timers feel very safe which in turn made us enjoy ourselves completely. Highly recommend. Also everything is provided at a very good cost.

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Review from Fiona
Fiona
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
May 2017
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Loved our villa, idylic setting. My daughter was sick and staff were very kind and supported us. Would love to return.

How were the surf lessons with 3 Surfers Surf School?

     

Kids had lessons with 3 Surfers. My son does not swim but instructor took great care of them both and they both loved their time learning to surf.

Review from Steven
Steven
Paradise valley, United States of America
May 2017
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Wonderful with amazing attention to detail. Decor is very unusual but fabulous. What a place. Can't wait to come back

Review from Alex
Alex
RIngwood, United Kingdom
October 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Villa Ana Margarida is a magical place to get away from it all. We're a family of three and stayed during October half term and loved everything about it. Our villa was beautiful and had everything we needed. Right next to the beach (Pria Matuduro) for surfing and overlooks the rolling Atlantic waves. Nice glass pagoda which we spent time reading in and ate our dinner in a few times.

Ericeira town centre is a 15-20min walk. Loads of great restaurants - can recommend Toca Do Cabaz and Tik Tak (both the tapas and restaurant) and little coffee shop that's on same street as Activity Centre surf shop. Friendly, sleepy little place.

Surfing tip - bring surf boots or beach shoes. The break is bit rocky.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Our daughter took a surf lesson with the instructor and enjoyed it hugely.

Review from Kate
Kate
London, United Kingdom
October 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Loved the Villa Ana Magarida! The room far exceeded our expectations! Such a cool and funky hotel :-) Also a very easy 10 minute walk to the town - the town was awesome! So cute, so many options to eat, and beautiful for wandering and admiring the seaside and cliffs.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Activity Center Surf was amazing!! Sammy the surf coach was the best we've ever had. :-)

Review from Sandra
Sandra
san diego, United States of America
October 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a wonderful stay! We loved the funky feel of the place, the location right on the beach, and the hospitality. Our cottage was small but clean and with the weather so perfect we spent most of the time outside. We also liked that we could easily walk into the lovely town - the location was outstanding. We would stay here again and would recommend it to friends :-). Thank you for a wonderful holiday :-)

Review from Steve
Steve
Chichester
October 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Amazing accommodation, unbelievable detail, great location directly over the cliff with sea view. The town is only a short walk and has approx 30-40+ bars and restaurants! Food is fantastic and very cheap, local beer is €2.50 a pint......can't go wrong!

Review from sian
sian
Burgate, United Kingdom
September 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

As a non-surfer married to an advanced surfer with two little beginner surfer offspring, I knew I needed surf for them and relaxation for me. I spoke to directly to someone at Surf Holidays and asked where can I find surf for my family and a place where I can avoid it, sip wine by the pool but still watch them. Without hesitation he told me to head to Villa Ana Margarida in Ericeira. Bingo! 35 minutes drive from Lisbon, beautiful coastline, a quirky Gaudi-inspired Villa complex, a pool from where I could watch the kids and hubbie surf, a lady that arrived every day at 4pm to make the most delicious cocktails known to man and private yoga and massages over looking the sea. We loved this place. It ticked all the boxes. Most nights we ate in. Our apartment faced West over the sea and watching the sun go down was a truly magical experience. Hugo, our host, was fantastic and arranged cabs for us, made restaurant recommendations and gave us surfing tips for the boys.

The complex was 1 minute from a fantastic surfing beach and I could literally watch the whole family surf as I sunbathed around the pool. The walk to town was lovely but probably 20 minutes but the town itself was wonderful. Small, intimate but lots of food choices. We had only booked three nights and it wasnt enough but we have booked for a week next year. We did one last night in Lisbon which is also an amazing place. Loved everything about the holiday.

Review from William
William
Lytchett Matravers, United Kingdom
September 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Villa Ana Margarida offers great views great of the surf, off-road parking, easy pedestrian access into old-town Ericeira and the Quicksilver shop across the road, and has a relaxing pool area for enjoying the sunshine. The host, Hugo, was approachable and quick to offer local advice. A great place to stay!

Review from Dorothy
Dorothy
Liverpool, United Kingdom
September 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Accommodation at Villa Ana Margarida was wonderful. It was really unusual and very comfortable in a perfect location next to a surfing beach and 15 minutes walk from village centre with lots of restaurants. We loved our room next to the ocean and the villas round swimming pool looked lovely too. We found a car useful for visiting other beaches, Sintra, Mafra etc

How were the surf lessons?

     

My partner, daughter and her friend had 3 days of lessons with Na Onda surf school and found the tuition excellent. We drove the five minutes to Foz do Lizandro beach for the lessons although they would pick you up if necessary. They all enjoyed themselves and were standing on the board in no time.
My daughter and friend also had an enjoyable hour paddle boarding.

Review from Justin
Justin
Malton, UK
August 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Excellant accommodation and location, great restaurants in the old town. Opposite the Vila is a fantastic surf shop with skate & scooter park.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

Ok for surf lessons, but didn't like the reef on Ribeira D'Ilhas.

Review from Mark
Mark
Surrey
August 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Great location and highly recommend the skate park behind for kids to practice and adults to chill with a drink at one of the coolest places going.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

Surf lessons were enjoyable but it was August, high season and groups were a bit big

Review from Rebecca
Rebecca
Surrey, UK
August 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The villa was fantastic. Hugo was so helpful and even organised a babysitter from his child's nursery.

The set-up was great. Rita and the pop up cocktail bar fantastic and very reasonably priced. Rooms very clean on arrival and great to have a mid-week clean.

Coffee machine - brilliant. Oh, and the communal cupboard and fridge of leftovers for things like mayo, tom k, oil, etc was a genius idea.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

The lessons were ok as long as you went early or late in the day. The instructors worked really hard. Avoid the mid-day lessons as there were just too many in a class in August.

Also Ribiera beach is funky, cool and a great place to chill out. However, the rocks makes for quite a challenging surf.

Review from Martin
Martin
North London
August 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The logistics were excellent, the villas were just beautiful. The location was excellent. We did not venture anywhere else, and found the people of Ericeira wonderfully friendly, and the town lovely

Review from Ciaran
Ciaran
Lymington
August 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Just loved the quirky arty details of every villa. Amazing location about Matadouro surf beach. Wonderful views. All well maintained by the owner who seemed to be on site every day we were there. Pool, peacocks and flowers were all good too. Intermittent wifi. Slightly over hard beds.

Surf was good most days. A couple days blown out. Was generally better towards Empa to the right. Great options around Foz do Lizandro. Went up to Praia Azul - great for long sandy and empty beach. Good little cafe too - fresh crab, sardines, polvo etc. Baleal also excellent - Brazilian cafe is very good for meat lovers!

Quiksilver skatepark opposite villas was really enjoyed by my teenage skater son. It seems to be fairly state-of-the-art. Local restaurants were generally very good. I highly recommend Mar d'ariea for seafood in town. tik tapas better than tik-tak. Beach cafes at Foz do L good. We'll be back!

Review from Vicky
Vicky
Sheffield
August 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time. We absolutely loved the Villas, they were obviously someone’s labour of love. They were so unusual and they couldn’t have been better sited, with the view of the sunset in the evenings. We rather wished we had stayed there for both weeks rather than moving to the hotel, which was fine but nowhere near as beautiful as the villas.

We loved Ericeira and the fact that it wasn’t touristy and full of Brits abroad, if you know what I mean. We ate out in lots of different restaurants, including some of your recommendations. Our favourite little find was a little Tapas bar, not far from the hotel Vila Gale called Adega Tipica, where I had the best glass of wine in the whole time we were there. The owner is really friendly and somewhat unusual!

We did get out and about in our second week and took a trip to Sintra, which we really enjoyed. We visited Quinta de Regaleira, which we thought was fascinating. We also drove up towards Obidos and tried some waterskiing on the lagoon, which was fabulous.

We tried loads of different beaches, all of which had different qualities but we loved them all. The coastline is so spectacular and we loved that you could have a giant sandy beach with lots of facilities or a giant sandy beach with not a soul in sight! All in all a fabulous holiday and we would definitely go back to Ericeira and do some more surfing, but I think private lessons next time!

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons were fun and my children and I both managed to stand and catch a few good waves but sadly not so much success for my husband! Ulisses was fun and we did enjoy the lessons. One of the days we did feel that the class was far too big.

Review from Sue
Sue
Thames, London
August 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The villas are great and the ocean view is amazing. The village is really nice with plenty of good and cheap restaurants.My friends surfed and they liked it - Mathieu, Lyon, France We loved the Ana Margarida villas, the villa gaudi was great and the pool and surroundings really clean and well cared for.
Restaurants were brilliant, especially Mar de Areia which we went to several times during our stay. All in all we had a wonderful holiday and look forward to returning again

Review from Sue
Sue
Neston
August 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Once again had a great holiday in Ericeira. Surfholidays .com seems very highly regarded there. Both kids keen to book again for next yr

Review from Paul
Paul
Pangbourne, United Kingdom
July 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We really enjoyed our stay at the Villa Ana Margarida. We stayed in a small villa with an overall cosy feel. We had a problem with the lock to our villa but this was easily sorted out. The pool was beautiful however abit cold when we stayed, meaning you could only stay in there comfortably for a short while.

Around the pool there are several sun beds with views of the coast and surrounding hilltops where, you can read a book or enjoy the amazing views and sunsets. In the evenings there was a bar with various alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. There was a lovely meal provided by one of the staff Rita and a few days later Hugo fired up the BBQ for everyone.

How were the surf lessons with Na Onda?

     

The instructors were very professional but the conditions on Lizandro were not good due to sand bars on the beach break, meaning waves were turbulent and surfing was difficult given the conditions. We were not happy overall but on our second week we did go to a better surf school called Blue Ocean on Ribeira D'ilhas beach - which is much nearer to Vila Margarida than Lizandro. I would recommend if you stay at Vila Margarida that you book Blue Ocean instead.

Review from Mary
Mary
Ramelton, Ireland
July 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The accommodation was really lovely. Quite quirky. the location was stunning and the pool area design and maintenance was really very good.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

Yes we liked it all and the instructors looked after us well. For some, the walk to the Riberia de Illhas was quite a challenge. The waves were very nice, the rocky reef beneath feet was different to the sands of Donegal!

Review from Kathleen
Kathleen
Dublin, Ireland
July 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The Ana Margaridas Villas were absolutely beautiful and we will definitely go there again. Our house overlooked the pool and the ocean was right beside us with the sound of the waves crashing on the beach which I never tired of hearing. The house and all the surrounding villa/pool etc areas were spotless and the staff, especially Hugo the Manager were always friendly and helpful. The peacocks wandering around were lovely.
The short walk to the town along the coast was nice as you could watch the surfers and watch the sun setting in the evening. There are a lot of restaurants which were busy every evening so we used to book them a night or two in advance. Tik Tak was our favourite in town and Tia Matilda was lovely to sit outdoors and watch the sunset with a complementary blanket if it got chilly.
Ericiera itself is a surfers paradise and even us non surfers can enjoy relaxing by the sea or pool.

How were the surf lessons?

I didn't do surf lessons but the beach was lovely and the people who were surfing seemed to be having a blast.

Review from Jennifer
Jennifer
Dublin, Ireland
July 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The villas are fantastic - great pool, fabulous view, very well equipped. The town was lovely with great restaurants. The small supermarket in the campsite across the road was really handy.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

Initially was disappointed that we had to walk up to another beach for surf school when there were lots of surf schools at the beach right in front of the villas we stayed at. But the other beach was much bigger and a better option form what we could see. The class on the first day was much too crowded and our youngest daughter aged 11 was in a group with mainly adults and we felt she didn't get a lot of help. The second day was better with a smaller number.

Review from Ani
Ani
Wrexham, Wales
July 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Very quirky accommodation. Felt like you were in a little world of your own. Every time you went for a wander you spotted something new. We stayed in the courtyard. Initially wished we had stayed near the pool as the accommodation there is very pretty, but in the lower courtyard we overlooked the sea and opened our windows to the sea. You didn't get that by the pool and we loved it.

There is about a 10/15 min walk along the coast to the town. Lovely evening walk. The town is really down to earth. No dressing up; just jeans and t shirt is the 'in thing'. Lots of variety but the main thing we found was....there are so many little streets with bars and restaurants that you could just miss, so make sure you go wandering or you miss little gems. Never been anywhere before where there is a bar where people leave what they have left for others to have. Lovely idea. Every restaurant we went to was awesome! My son loved the skatepark over the road from the accommodation and he could just go there on his own.
In the opposite direction is a 15 min walk to the beach for the surfing lessons. The view as you get nearer is fantastic. Lots of steps to get to the beach but so worth it, and the surf bar food and drink was fab.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

We booked lessons on two sprays and had a blast. Instructors were great and equipment was fantastic. There were waves all the time and was great. The sea floor is rock that is flat and your feet/ankles can get sore but once you realise this, you are a bit more aware. The surf bar food and drink was fab.

Review from Des & Charlotte
Des & Charlotte
Dublin
July 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had an amazing couple of days. The weather was fabulous. The day of the wedding was great fun and went really well and the day after in the Villas. We couldn't really have asked for any better. Ann put on a seriously impressive spread- the pig on the spit was savage, food was beautiful and most of the gang were in the pool by 11! It was a brilliant party and the villas were perfect.

Review from Sinead
Sinead
Castlebar
July 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a brilliant holiday in Ericeira. The villas are fab, would recommend them to anyone. Ana Margarida has such a nice feel to it- very relaxed and location overlooking the sea is spectacular! Pool area is fab, facilities are top notch! I have nothing negative to say about it.
Ericeira is a beautiful town...so quaint and relaxed. Lovely food and prices are reasonable. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Ericeira and I definitely hope to go back there some day!

Review from Frank
Frank
Kinsale
July 2016
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Holiday was excellent. Villas were outstanding – location was best ever, anywhere, anytime. Villa itself (10) was a knock-out – perfect for honeymoon couple. Villas location was way above expectations – cliff top view of surf beach with easy walk to town.
Surfed Matodoura straight from the villa a bunch of times in different tides, some great sessions (could have done with reef shoes!). Also had some good mid-tide sessions at Ribera, getting hosed by 8year old locals! No joy at all with Foz – dumpy shore-break every time I went.
Genuinely cant imagine holidaying anywhere else for foreseeable future.

Review from Fabienne
Fabienne
Aachen, Germany
July 2016
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Everyone really loved the place, the villas are so beautiful and the location is perfect!! We went to tic tapas and mar d'areia and really loved the food, the party in ourico on friday was really nice and I would definitely recommend this place to everyone. The transfer from the airport worked out perfectly.

How were the surf lessons?

     

I think the waves this week where not as good as normally because it was windy and rainy some days but as we are all beginners we did not really mind and went out every day. The guys from the surf school made us a really good group price where we just had to pay 12€ per surfboard per day.

Review from Ronan
Ronan
Dublin
July 2016
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Ericeira was deadly. So quiet and laid back. The villa was perfect for what we wanted to do, which was relax. Loads of places to chill out and right on the beach. Unfortunately I'm not quite at that level to surf that beach, yet.
The town of Ericeira is brilliant. I loved the shops and the people we met. I enjoyed quite a few cocktails in Bamboo Bar.
It was just one beautiful beach after another. I really enjoyed the restaurants too and I'm a fussy eater. Already planning a trip back next year

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons with Ulisses were very good. I was a bit apprehensive about surfing the reef when I saw if first but he put me at ease and has us all up on the board in no time. Top bloke aswell.

Review from James
James
Hertfordshire, England
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The Villas are truly superb. A small hamlet made from chalets, land and animals. Everybody is really friendly. The chalets are magnificent and the architect/designer is still to be found around the place doing errands. The most humble and modest of men.

The pool is large and beautiful with a shallow end which is ok for lolling around in or if you have small kids. In May the water was a tad cool but nothing we couldn't handle. it was fantastic being able to roam around the villas, looking at the peacocks and animals, smelling the fresh herbs and walking onto the cliff top to sip beer on a hammock or a sofa.

The large supermarket is about a 10 min walk away and the old town of Ericeira another 10 on top. The next beach along is an enjoyable run away - about 1.5 km and of course the new skate park and bar inside the Quicksilver shop is only across the road. Food is excellent - plenty of traditional pastries around and may many restaurants to cater for all budgets.

There are about 5 surf shops - all very friendly and not pushy. Our "guide" to all this goodness was the coolest of all - Hugo. Very competent, friendly and interested man. We really felt like we were saying goodbye to a friend at the end of our fantastic stay.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

The surf lessons were superb - the instructors going the extra mile to really observe and advise us all appropriately. My 7 year old son and 13 year old were given special attention and classes were not cancelled when they were not full.

The instructors were very friendly - even when "off duty" in their local bar which we were lucky enough to find. The beach was small and safe. Only a few metres opening where there were no rocks. We visited the neighbouring reef and there was no gap!

Review from  Rebecca
Rebecca
Graiguenamanagh, Ireland
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Not a word of a lie... this was the best place we've ever stayed!

Beautiful astonishing villas & location. What a view... from everywhere! Town was old school, which we liked. A bit tricky to squeeze the hire car through some of the lanes, but there was no big hurry anyway! We're going back for either the boat villa or the one over-looking the pool.

Relaxed & super-helpful staff. Nice community spirit, if you wanted to mingle, & quiet and peaceful if a good book is your thing! There bring & share mentality was a breath of fresh air, from the wastage most of us are used to. And the kids loved the recycling ethos, not to mention the pool, the animals, golf, surfing, relaxing... & the peacocks!

How were the surf lessons with Na Onda?

     

Na Onda had a magic location. Good equipment, & nice relaxed café to recharge the batteries! The staff - Toby, Joua & Antonio - were brilliant! And I've finally learnt how to surf 'Right! Which, considering I'm goofy is some achievement having only gone 'Left for 25 years! "You are a Matador!!!" The kids loved it, not to mention their sea-hating mother... who finally got some appreciation of why we love to surf! Patience & insightful instruction... thanks for everything, fellas!

Review from Margaret
Margaret
Waterford, Ireland
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Villa Margarida was just fab, the kids loved the pool, the peacocks, their own private swing on the boathouse patio. We loved that it was safe for them to wander around knowing they couldn't leave the villa, and nobody could get in without the pass code. It was great to be able to sit or lean on the railing at the cliff edge in the evening, have a beer from our own fridge watch the surfers on the beach below, or indeed watch the sun set. The boat house was so comfortable, and met our every need. We loved the quirkiness of it, from the spiral staircase to our own private balcony with all the nautical decorations throughout. We bbq'd one evening which was great, but ate out every other night, for a family of six we found eating out to be very reasonable.
Although the villa was so close to the quicksilver skate park we never seem to get there at a time when the rental shop was open! So our older boy was disappointed that he didn't get to skate there. I would advise to either bring your own gear to skate or try ring/email in advance to hit the skatepark at a time when you can hire the gear.
It was a pleasure to be collected from the airport by Renata from stop.go transport. She was waiting for us and had asked in advance about the kids ages so she would have appropriate car seats for them.
Overall we had a very relaxing holiday and will definitely return.

How were the surf lessons with Na Onda?

     

Staff, facilities, equipment were first class. Although we enjoyed the waves and surf, as improving surfers we felt we didn't get as much out of it as we had hoped. Maybe this was because of the make up of the groups on the day, there was more focus on complete beginners. The instructors were great and tried to give us attention, but understandably they had to pay more attention to the beginners. In hindsight, we should have asked to be put into intermediate classes.

Review from Carole
Carole
Fareham
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time, although the weather could have been better. The villa and complex was better than described - we never tired of its quirkiness. It was beautifully kept and if I'd gone nowhere else for the 5 days' stay I would have been perfectly happy.

My son and husband found the surf a little too much to cope with but we went up to Peniche one day where they got their 'fix' for the holiday. Also they said the rocky beaches were a bit off putting as they aren't experts and their boards were quite expensive.

Ericeira itself was absolutely delightful and all the meals out were reasonably priced and delicious. As always the Portuguese themselves were very helpful and friendly.

Also I took things like tea towels, washing up liquid, etc but all that was there in the villa. And there is a large communal fridge where people who are going home put any leftovers which we could have used to feed ourselves all week which wasn't mentioned in your blurb

Review from Adam
Adam
Leeds
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a really good time! The villas and the grounds were spectacular. Clearly a lot of thought and effort had gone into their development. Ericeira was really nice, and friendly. We didn't spend too much time on the beaches, but I would definitely recommend the area to friends. We also really enjoyed some of the restaurants. Great variety and plenty to choose from.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf was pretty good as well. Ullyses was a great instructor. I think the next time we go surfing in Portugal, we might try Cascais, after we went to the ASP surf competition. Seems like there was some good surf there!

Review from Mandy
Mandy
Luton
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Ericeria was brill. Skate park across the road was an added bonus and well used by my nephew. The villas are really nice- would love to go back again. Shops and local markets all within walking distance. Never made it to far as Nick managed to damage his knee and is now wearing a knee brace and on light duties at work. Unfortunately this limited our travel in Portugal. Locals really friendly.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Had a few good surf sessions being close to the beach was ideal. Ellas surf confidence grew with the waves being a lot bigger. So she is in every opportunity she gets now as we are back home.

Review from  Adrian
Adrian
Bedford
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We loved the Villas. Ericeira was very attractive. The taxi drivers were very helpful. The restaurants were good, the whole sea bass between the 4 of us at Canastra, the steak on a stone at Prim and Tik-tak was quite friendly.
We made it to Lisbon on the bus from Ericeira, which was really easy, the bus stops right outside Sporting Lisbon football ground (go in here for toilets they are free). Then you can get the train or a taxi in to the centre of Lisbon.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surfing was great with Ulysses, my partner and daughter loved it. They were taken to Peniche (smelly) one day when the surf was too strong in Ericeira.

Review from Mike
Mike
Manchester
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The holiday was fabulous really great place all of the comments that I read before booking were spot on. The villa looked exactly as it did on the photos, perfect with the pool being right on the doorstep and the views were magnificent.

In the evening we tried many of the restaurant’s on the list and a few on spec the best one we located ourselves was Matilda’s just at the beginning of the walkway through the old town. Tik Tak was another favourite as was Cesar’s when we needed somewhere close for the kids.

Otis loved the skate park he got a new board and had a couple of lessons so much progress was made. We loved the café in Quicksilver so relaxing and the staff were very friendly. I even got talking to this guy- I asked him does he get much surfing in and it turned out to be Tiago Pires!!

I bought a wet suit for the UK to continue with here…definitely got the bug it’s a 5/4/3 suit which Bruno the manager gave me lots of advice on I think he knows how cold it is in the UK! As I say couldn’t fault the holiday and thanks for the extension it all went very smoothly.

Also many thanks to Ricardo and the drivers from the airport they were right on time and gave us a few useful tips re the area. Anyway all this makes me want to get back out there with the family, which we hopefully intend to do next year….cant wait!

How were the surf lessons?

     

We had great surf lessons and Ulysses had me and the kids standing on the boards after a few lessons. The only thing I would comment on is that it was a little too far each day to walk with the kids. That said we did like the location where Ulysses was and the burgers were the best we had tasted in a long time.

Review from Sally
Sally
Cheltenham
June 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great holiday! The villas were cool- just up our street. We took a bus to Sintra but we had been surfing and were tired so didn't explore too much. We had dinner at a restaurant on the front which was great... We ate our years' allocation of cheese as our first course and the 3 of us share a talbot for main- great restaurant but I can't remember it's name! I would definitely book with you again!

How were the surf lessons?

     

Got some good surf in and Ulises took us to a few different beaches (we went about 50mins south, near Lisbon as the swell was massive and too dangerous on the reef).
The girls found the lessons good but I have surfed quite a bit and found that although I said I was intermediate and want to improve, I wasn't pushed so didn't feel I got too much out of the lessons apart from equipment.
Maybe guiding would be better next time.

Review from Helen and Darren
Helen and Darren
Doncaster, England
June 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had the best holiday EVER! The location is unique, the villa was so quirky and pretty, it was clean and everything that we needed was provided. We had a view out to sea every morning and the sound of the surf put us to sleep every night. The other people that stayed there were like- minded people, we all liked surfing.

The honesty bar was a great unexpected extra, the communal space to drink, chat and get on line was a revelation. We didn't take the children, but we would next time as the pool area was child friendly and the complex was set up on a network of hidden trails that they would love to explore.

The surf was up most days, I think that we only had one flat day the whole week. The beach was so clean too and because it was primarily a surf beach we were again surrounded by like- minded people.

Oh and the town - how pretty is that, the Moorish architecture, small winding streets; the tiles were a joy! The locals all spoke English too, so it was very easy to communicate, however, we did learn a few words which seemed to go down really well with the locals.

The town centre was great with the food markets, art galleries and pottery/tile shops there was plenty to keep us occupied. In the evening we spent our time in the restaurants and local bars talking to local people and eating local food MMMmmm... I can taste the fish dishes now!!

I would recommend this holiday experience even to people who don't surf as there are plenty of surf schools teaching the sport to beginners. While we were there we had three couples ask us what it was like in the complex as they had been told how amazing it was - We confirmed this. We loved every minute of this holiday

Review from Aurora
Aurora
Bergen, Norway
May 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Anna Margarida Villas for three days in May and absolutely loved it. The artwork of the villas was beautiful and you could spend a whole day exploring it. Our villa were equipped with everything we needed to create a few meals there. The host was super friendly. We had no trouble walking into the relaxing town of Ericeira for meals, and to the beach for surfing lessons by Blue Ocean Surf School. We would absolutely recommend both Anna Margarida Villas and surfing lessons from Blue Ocean Surf School for other travellers.

How were the surf lessons with Blue Ocean Ericeira Surf School ?

     

We loved surfing at Blue Ocean Surf School. We learned a lot and felt confident in the water.

Review from Chris
Chris
Tramore
May 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We loved Ana Margarida, amazing place, unique is the word. Didn't go more than a few kms away from Ericeira in either direction - didn't need to. Restaurants nice for a small town. Great holiday!

How were the surf lessons?

     

We found the surf harder to ride than we're used to, but had some fun.

Review from Deborah
Deborah
Devon
May 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Anna Margarida Villas are fabulous. Very clean, spacious, wonderfully quirky, it was good to have your own outside area too, along with plenty of grounds and sun beds to lounge in. The frying pans need replacing - as a note to the owners, as the household equipment was more than adequate, and provision of a coffee maker made it exemplary for us!
So glad there was a pool, it made it like your own private resort when you wanted to laze around and enjoy the heat. It was lovely hearing the chickens and peacocks and seeing them around, and it meant we never wasted any stale bread! We timed our stay with the peacock moult, so my daughter now has a fine collection of feathers.
Ericeira has plenty of food to choose from, from the daily market to the array of restaurants. Food shopping was reasonable, with fruit and fish being cheaper than England, but eating out was surprisingly expensive. We didn't get a cheap meal until we travelled up the coast, having hired mopeds from the Blue Ocean surf shop, which was good value, as it happens.
The mopeds took us to Sintra on a very hot day, but it was amazing there, a family joint ticket for the Palace and Moors Castle was worth the outlay, with free spring water pouring out of the mountain on your way up! The coastline is lovely with clean beaches and interesting rock pools amongst the smooth rock shelf that goes in to the sea.
Overall, it's good for surfing, and lazing, but you need transport to get variety in the area.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons were great, everyone felt they were well looked after and encouraged.

Review from Wolfgang
Wolfgang
Linz
May 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We liked the Villas very very much, the animals, the pool, everything really very unique and nice. Hundreds of details really funny, beautiful, astonishing. The cliff top situation, the possibilities to relax at sunset with view of the sea- very nice ! For sure we will come back sooner or later.
Ericeira we know from holidays before - I have been there 7 or 8 times. I don't have to say anything about this other than it is one of my absolute favourite places in Europe for a surf holiday. And now we know an accomodation that is also perfect for the family

Review from Colin
Colin
Galway
May 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Just getting back on top of things now, still recovering from a shopping trip to Lisbon :) We really had a great surf holiday and thoroughly enjoyed the villas, the food and the surfing.

I have to say the Anna Maragrida villas were a highlight and one of the nicest places we've stayed - both of us loved the unique charm and individual character of the accommodation, the panoramic sea view & sound of the breakers, and the helpfulness of Casado and staff. The attention to detail and imaginative craftmanship of the sculptures, tiling and garden areas is exceptional and a real pleasure for anyone who appreciates creativity.

The nautically themed architecture and interior design is both clever and humourous and we loved spotting myriad small features on an almost daily basis. It took us a night or two to get used to the beautiful peacocks on our roof, but they do typify the idiosyncrasy of the place!

A few minor niggles: Once we picked up the key on the first night, the directions supplied by the office in the town were spot on - but a sign on the road (or at least on the back gate) is really needed, as we passed by the closed iron gates twice before figuring it out. Also we didn't realise at the time that there's a "take it / leave it" area in the common room for stuff like olive oil, washing up liquid etc, so it might be worth mentioning in the welcome pack or in the leaflets they leave in the villas. They're all small things, it's hard to fault the place and Casado & co. were very obliging with stuff like cushions, firewood etc.

We liked the easy going ambience of Ericeira and it's great to see a working fishing port and world class surf spot co-existing, as it makes for an interesting mix of locals and blow-ins. I get the sense that it hasn't been spoiled by tourism and there's a nice relaxed vibe about the place, due in part perhaps to the time of year. The beaches are all spectacular - almost as good as Banna strand and Barrow beach in Kerry, but with the distinct advantages of warmer water, consistent swells and more sunshine.

The fruit / veg / fish market was fantastic - we couldn't get over the quality of the produce and and the prices - it was good fun practicing the cúpla focal "em Português" and Louise managed to pick up a recipe for Bacalao from a hairdresser! I think a car is handy as it allowed us to get around Mafra, Sintra and Lisbon for some sightseeing.

One place a local recommended was the Aldeia típica de José Franco - kind of an open air museum of traditional rural Portugese life with a windmill, model village and a working bakery - it's quaint in a Bunratty kind of way, free and the bread was tasty. Sintra was really beautiful, both the Palacio Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros are very interesting and offer spectacular views of the country and the winding medieval streets of the town are a pleasure to potter around in.

The shopping in Lisbon was great, apparently. I drank a lot of coffee and knocked around Bairro Alto & Chiado, which has lots of art galleries, boutiques, bookshops and the like - it's a pretty cool, bohemian, funky area. I stuck out like a sore thumb.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The lessons were fun and Ulisses is a real old school dude :-) I was pleasantly surprised at the warm water temperature. His gear was good, by and large - he had a variety of boards, the suits were in good nick and ideal for the water temperature.
His rotational method is excellent for beginners and introduces the idea of the line-up well, as beginner lessons can often be quite chaotic, especially when the water is crowded.

Review from Sophie
Sophie
Crowthorne, United Kingdom
April 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Accommodation was really quirky, clean and well equipped. Beautiful surroundings, amazing views, peaceful and in a fabulous location. It was ideal for our family of 2 adults and 2 children. Couldn't fault anything. Kids loved the pool... Although very chilly in April!

Ericeira has so much to offer with fabulous surf lessons, wonderful restaurants (great recommendations from Sami!) the local market had so much choice and the supermarket was very reasonable.

We loved our Week away and will 100% be returning

Review from Rebecca
Rebecca
Bofferdange, Luxembourg
April 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We loved staying at Villa Ana Margarida. Not only were we right next to the ocean, but Hugo and the team were friendly and helpful, and so much was within walking distance.

We tried a few of the local restaurants - Tik Tapas was great, in Ericeira, and we also had some nice burgers at Com Pinta. We went to Terra Mar one night, a short drive from the Villas, and had lovely fish. Below Terra Mar is Pizza Mobile which Hugo recommended to us and it was a great recommendation. We all loved the pizzas there, and both Terra Mar and Pizza Mobile have fantastic views out over the ocean. For lunch one day we went to Ozzy's Pizzas and had a great meal of pizzas, cheeseburger and chilli dog.

We had hired a car, so did drive up to the car parking opposite the supermarket before Ericeira centre and walk from there as the kids were not keen to walk so far. But at a guess it would only have been a 15-20 minute walk.

The accommodation itself is unique and interesting, it wasn't really warm enough to swim in the pool in March, but when the sun came out it was nice to sit in the hammocks, play mini golf, or visit the animals (goats, chickens, geese, peacocks). Quite often we would find a peacock on our balcony in the mornings. We stayed in the boat house and loved it's quirky-ness. We found the beds comfortable, and the view fantastic. Everything we needed to make a meal was in the kitchen - there's a microwave and gas hobs, but no oven. They encourage recycling, and have bins for this outside the laundry near reception.

Having the beach and surf lessons right on our doorstep was a huge bonus.
It was our daughter's birthday on our last day so we took her pony riding at Podio D'Aventura Equestrian Center, another recommendation from Hugo. Unfortunately it was too wet outside to ride through the forest, but Edoardo took her into the arena and gave her a lesson which she absolutely loved. The horses and ponies here are very loved and well cared for with lovely natures.

It was great having the car as we could explore a little further afield, although we primarily came to surf, so we need to go back again to see some more of the nearby areas!

How were the surf lessons?

     

We took surf lessons with Activity Surf Center, which meant we could meet them right outside the Villa each time, get out wetsuits and boards, and walk down the stairs to the beach.

The first day we were lucky that it was only me and our son with the teacher - but there were other schools out at the same time, so we didn't have the waves to ourselves. My husband and I took turns going in on different days so one of us could stay with our youngest child, and on some of the days our 11 year old son would join the lesson also.

We found the teachers to be knowledgeable, and patient, and they were able to cater for all different levels. They were good at going over the basics, and checking before we got in the water that we had our stance right, and did a warm up.

Review from Deborah
Deborah
Cornwall
April 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Lovely holidays overall. The villa location and unique features were really great with fabulous sunsets and pool side beds ! On the negative our villa had quite small windows and bit dark inside but we weren’t inside too much. The hospitality bar and communal fridge was great.
Ericier- the old town was really lovely - food and drink really cheap . And beaches nice. You can hire a car in town and rates were reasonable enough - in fact - a lot cheaper than hertz online - the airport transfer via ab2 was quite late and we had to ring twice to chase .

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons were good, Grace really enjoyed it. Ulysses good fun if a but disorganised !!!

Review from Martin
Martin
Dublin
April 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a fantastic time in Ericeira. The villas were fantastic and were better then our expectations. Having a swimming pool directly outside the front door with the Atlantic Ocean just beyond that was amazing. The kids really loved the place and needless to say didn't want to leave.
We all really loved Ericeira itself and had some great meals out but also cooked at home quite a bit. We didn't do any trips while we were in Ericieria as we had spent 3 nights in Lisbon prior to our week in Ericeira.
Overall I think we had a fantastic holiday and the villas and Ericeira are definitely places we would consider going back to & somewhere we would recommend to friends.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf was great and Ulisses really looked after us. He was completely flexible with the lessons as Aoife decided not to take her 3rd lesson and Louis also wanted to take a morning off mid way through. He was fine with me taking the extra kids lessons so myself & Louis ended up doing 5 lessons, Martin did 4 and Aoife 2.

Review from Mary and Steve
Mary and Steve
Reading
April 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Ericeira is absolutely beautiful, we were fortunate enough to have very warm weather for most of the week. The villa was out of this world; a cross between Portmeirion and Gaudi - fabulous, and with a pool and sea view.
The lovely little town is quaint with everything you need. We ate good food at Prim and a few other places and found the supermarket for breakfast essentials. We would definitely return.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surfing went well, Ulysses looked after Steve who now has the surfing bug.The beaches are divine.

Review from Edel
Edel
Kerry
April 2016
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had an absolutely amazing time in Ericeira, it's such a gem of a spot, so unspoiled and natural - which is difficult to come by nowadays! The villas were gorgeous, we all loved the quirky designs. We had planned on moving on - however we were all just so taken with Ericeira - we actually ended up spending all of our time there (bar one night in Lisbon!). The food, beaches, amazingly friendly people and stunning weather made it incredibly difficult to leave!! We will definitely return.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surfing went really well - Ulisses is definitely a character!

Review from Sue
Sue
London
March 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a fantastic holiday, the villas were perfect, beyond our expectations, we had a problem with our hot water one day and a man arrived within 15 minutes of my phone call and fixed it. We were very lazy and didn't go further afield than Ericiera, except along to surfing beach which was great.
We tried most of the restaurants on your list and found the food to be lovely. I also wanted to say how grateful we were that we had the use of our villa until 4pm on our last day as our flights were not until the evening. This made such a great difference to us, not having to vacate by 9am.
We are already talking about booking for next year.

How were the surf lessons?

     

My daughter surfed with Ulisses every day of our holiday and really enjoyed it, she can't wait to surf again.

Review from Nicola
Nicola
Cork
March 2016
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The villas were amazing, so cute - really nicely done. It's unusual to book a place that's actually nicer than the website photos. We also had a sea view so thanks for that - it was a 5 star location. Have recommended them to loads of people.
Ericeira itself was really relaxing. Loved going for coffee and pasteries. We ended up using the BBQ a few nights and that was great.
We had a great holiday- I look forward to booking next years holiday already.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ulisess at the surf school was cool- his beach was the best beach we went to. The waves were huge and great fun.

Review from David
David
Dublin
March 2016
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The villas were just great what a perfect set up for surfer with family ! I mainly surfed Coxos up the coast a bit but at certain stages of the tide the surf was good right out front and no messing about going to check surf every hour just looked over the balcony or out my window. it was a great place for my wee toddler and my wife who is pregnant thoroughly enjoyed the pool and villa.

Review from James & Margareta
James & Margareta
Stockholm
February 2016
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a really nice holiday in Ericeira. To say the Villas are unique is somewhat of an understatement. We had a great villa for the week we were there and were able to explore the surrounds. The peacocks and pheasants wandering around were a nice touch.
We enjoyed the town of Ericeira and had some good meals. Being allergic to shellfish I was somewhat limited as far as choice goes, though enjoyed the fish I was able to eat.
The taxi driver recommended with your information mail ,Joao, was very helpful. He picked us up from the airport, drove us to Sintra and drove us back to Lisbon and provided some helpful information and tips.
Overall I would say the area of Ericeira is very beautiful. My wife was a little disappointed with the shopping options which in turn probably helped our overall budget. We ate at Tic Tak twice as we enjoyed it so much the first time

How were the surf lessons?

     

For the surf lessons- Ulisses was very helpful and friendly.

Review from Joel
Joel
Brisbane
November 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Ericeira was absolutely amazing... that is the 3rd time I have been to Portugal and can’t wait to go back to Ericeira again – it is my new favourite destination.
We were blessed with total sunshine and large swells. The Anna Margarida Villas really made it that much better – especially our villa the boat! We didn’t do Lisbon or Sintra – we literally just enjoyed Ericeira and neighbouring beaches as well as one day trip up to Peniche and Supertubos etc. well worth the trip.
The fresh seafood seemed to make it impossible to choose a bad restaurant – although we did have the help of the recommendation list provided by yourselves.
One highlight which was not on that list was the Quiksilver surf shop across the road from the villas. They had a reggae DJ set on one evening and we sat on their large decking area on the sunbeds, had a few beers and cocktails and watched the sunset / local young guns on the skate park below the deck. Priceless moment.

Review from Carina
Carina
Eindhoven
October 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Although we only spent 5 full days in Portugal, we had a great holiday. The villa's are quite unique! We loved it. I do have to mention that we first stayed in villa no. 8, one of the 2 villa's on the top of the compound.
We managed to go to Sintra one afternoon after surfing. Next time we'll still have other parts of Sintra to explore. And also we went one day to Lisbon. We were very glad that we had our rental car. we moved around the area (also to the surf-class beach) much more easily (and quicker).
We will return to Ericeira in the future, to these unique villa's. It was a very relaxing trip.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ulisses, is a very nice teacher. We really enjoyed the classes. The beaches are really very nice.

Review from Garry
Garry
Cork
October 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The Ana Margarida Villas were very good, special in fact.
There was a couple of negative points- not enough storage for 4 people in the Villa we were in!
We cooked at the villas (BBQ) great supermarket food fish and meat, great food at tiki tapas.
We went to Sintra and found it well worth the visit .Girls went shopping in Lisbon and went by bus, no worries easy and cheap- they tell me shopping was good. We are very happy.

Review from Robert
Robert
Meath, Ireland
September 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

All went very well, extremely well. You can also say "we would highly recommend this holiday". The best aspect was the weather! Villas were great in particular, location, views, Facilities; pool, BBQ, washing machine, Bar, sun beds, hammocks, wild animals... etc...
The local town was wonderful, people, variety and quality of the food, value for money. Beaches were great too, we only did 3 beaches as they were so good there was no desire to explore more.
We hired a car for the 2 weeks and only did 3 day trips, to tell you the truth we liked the place so much we weren't bothered spending time in a car travelling.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf was top quality and Ulisses was great too, I would highly recommend him as a surf instructor.

Review from Grace
Grace
Dublin
September 2015
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The Ana Margarida Villas were amazing and a complete surprise! We were delighted to find something new, amazing and 100% original hiding within the complex every day! The pool and view were gorgeous, having the sea so close was unbelievably handy and a lovely place to go for the long afternoons! The barbeques were a great addition, it was great to have the option to stay in a few nights. But the food was great everywhere and everybody loved eating out, especially for the sea food and the pastries!

The town itself was beautiful, we knew a bit about it before leaving as we knew someone who has been on a few occassions but it was really sensational and unbelievably cheap. We went off season and at first it seemed a little dead but that just added to the relaxing atmosphere of the week on the whole. I think the resounding proof we enjoyed ourselves is that when telling the stories of our week we have convinced people to seriously consider it as a holiday destination in the future, some have even started looking it up online!!

I'm sure I have forgotten to mention a heap of stuff we really enjoyed about the week, but all in all it was a complete success, thank you so much for giving us all the opportunity to spend a week here!

How were the surf lessons?

     

A few of the guys on the trip (and one of the girls, not me) got out surfing with Ulisses and loved it. They have all been surfing and had lessons a few times in Ireland but thought the standard was much higher in Ericera, they were very impressed with it.

Review from Jesper
Jesper
Copenhagen
September 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time. The villas were beautiful and the pool area was fantastic. We had some good surf too. We were planning to go to Lisbon but it didn't happen

Review from Cliodhna
Cliodhna
Dublin
August 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time in Ericeira. The villas and the area were lovely. We loved the town and the restaurants, we had two lovely meals in one called Toca de Caboz. We would definitely recommend a holiday there and may well be back in the future!

Review from Liz
Liz
Dublin
August 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We really enjoyed our time in Ericeira and are looking forward to going back again. We loved the villas and the location was spot on! Because I had made a decision NOT to hire a car, we did not really explore anywhere else but that was fine cos I just wanted a rest, sun, food and nice people and that was what I got.
The people were so friendly, the restaurants were great and the prices were good. All in all, we were all very happy. Constructive Criticism: It would be helpful if there were more instructions on the using of the BBQ's as it was not very clear about cleaning and all of that. We will start saving for next year!

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons seemed to go well and Ulisses was great.

Review from Deirdre
Deirdre
Donegal
August 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Loved Ericeira. Location of Ana Margarida Villas just perfect and they are so unique in their gaudiesque style! Weather fab. Beach and surf great. Hammocks and loungers in all nooks and crannies fantastic. Restaurants and food superb. We made it to Sintra and enjoyed that too.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ulyisses surf lessons great and looked after the kids well.

Review from Ian
Ian
Craughwell
August 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a really good holiday in Ericeira-the accommodation was really impressive. The site and situation of the villas was excellent. The town itself was great-loads of good restaurants and a really nice feel to the place-not too commercialized.
We went to Mafra to the Palace and to Sintra and also did a day trip to Lisbon-all well worth doing and pretty close by so no problem with travel. Overall a really good holiday!

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surfing was good- Ulysses was a great guy and took real interest in the kids and they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience,

Review from Anne
Anne
Dublin
August 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time. The villas were in a beautiful location and are very unique. The pizza restaurant at the surfing beach was great. There was a music festival on just behind the villas on the last weekend and that suited our gang very well. We ate great food and barbequed lots of fresh fish.
Will recommend it to friends!

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ulysses was very good with the kids and the surfing was a big success.

Review from Jimmy
Jimmy
Glasgow
August 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Holiday was great - preliminary info which you forwarded was very helpful. We hired car and used sat nav to get there - all very straightforward. Handy being so close to Lisbon. The location of the Ana Margarida Villas was super – we stayed in a Sea view villa and the woman in charge was really friendly and helpful.

Loved view of ocean and proximity to quiksilver shop/ skatepark, town etc. Ericeira was fantastic - not very touristy, very Portuguese, cool atmosphere. Restaurants etc were very good - seafood fantastic everywhere. Prim, Tik tak, ribeira d'ilhas pizza, Pedra dura and Matilde were all super.

Portuguese people were very friendly and seemed very fond of Irish tourists!! Prices everywhere were much cheaper than home. All in all we loved the area, the surf and the whole experience.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons with Ulysses and Rodriquez were great. Rodriguez who was with our boys most was excellent - very positive and patient.

Review from Mary
Mary
Chesham
July 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great holiday in Ericeria. The villa margarida were lovely, clean and comfortable. The view from the pool area was fantastic. The weather was brilliant, sunshine everyday. We did not take part in the surf lessons, but we enjoyed watching the classes as the were going on, on the beach below the villas. The beaches are lovely but the week we were there, there was quite a strong breeze, therefore you had to pick your time to walk them.
The restaurants we went to were very nice particularly Tik Tak, Prim,Dreams. Great Value. You could get a take away from dreams, unfortuantely, they do not deliver but you can order and collect, a taxi is € 3.90 approx from the restaurant to the villas, and there is a good pizza restaurant close to the shopping centre. They also do take away.

Review from Sinead
Sinead
Ireland
July 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time, loved the villa's and the whole layout/area. We had our 11mth old with us plus I'm 6 mths pregnant so not much surfing but we could have got out every day. Got to Lisbon, Peniche and Sintra- all well worth the trip. Had a fab time and will recommend it to all couples, singles and families with teenage kids (a bit dangerous for 1-6 year olds).
Two things I think u could address are 1. Give people the wi fi code for the area before they arrive oh and 2. Advise people to bring grippy shoes or runners - lots of steep hills on cobbles. That's all, I loved the whole area and will go back and stay in the villa's again some time, they really are unique plus safe with great facilities and an amazing view of the beach

Review from Svein
Svein
Oslo
July 2015
Travelled with family

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The villas are very unique. And the location of the place are very nice. I did not surf, but my two boys did it a lot. They spent most of the time in the water surfing. The beaches and restaurant are superb. I had the best seafood ever. We had a trip to Sintra and Lisbon. The shopping in Lisbon was great. In Sintra we visited the castle. It was nice to see some more of Portugal

Review from Birger
Birger
Oslo
July 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We absolutely enjoyed our stay in Ericeira! We found the villas the perfect setting for the 4 families, and the 8 adults had a great view of our 11 kids surfing daily on the beach below. Some of the adults also tried some surfing, but found the buggy boards to be a little less challenging.
The eclectic nature of the villas was great, and we all enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the place. We had a couple of big bbq’s at “home”, and found most of the really good restaurants in town. Friendly service and good prices all around.
We did a few excursions in the area, and if you want a recommendation to pass on, we really enjoyed our visit to Quinta de Sant’ana – the vineyard east of Mafra. Good wine and great hospitality!
We might well decide to go back, and will get back to you in such case. Thanks for your help in putting it all together!

Review from Siobhan
Siobhan
Dublin
July 2015
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We'd a great surf holiday. We really loved the town, food was fabulous and we went through nearly every restaurant on the list you sent us. That welcome pack was great, we certainly utilised it. The villas were also lovely, the pool area was great.
If I'm being picky, we thought it was a bit odd that we paid extra for sheets and towels and they were never changed - I wouldn't expect them to be changed every day, but I thought we'd get one change at some stage in the week, especially the towels.
Aside and from that I'd stay in the villas again, great location and a lovely spot.

Review from Sue
Sue
Wirral, UK
July 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time in both Ericeira and Lagos, particularly liking Ericeira. Holiday started well with pick up at airport from Joao, who took the time to orientate us seeing as we didn't hire a car.
The villas and pool were ideal and a great location. The freezer compartment in the fridge was broken but still worked fine and made ice. The best bits were the sea and waves, the long promenade to walk along, and fabulous (good value) food.
The skateboard park opposite the villas was a bonus, as was the takeaway part of the restaurant next door. We had decided just to enjoy the local area on foot so didn't get out and about at all!
Oh and we really appreciated the local information you provided. Booking and payments were handled excellently. Overall, we had a lovely time, and think we will book again in Ericeira next year.

How were the surf lessons?

     

We actually surfed for 2 days with a day off in the middle because it was too calm for the more experienced in the group..The first day was great, the second a bit more difficult (because we were surfing onto the rocky shore on the north side of ribeira beach).

Review from David
David
Kingston
July 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Had a great time! The Villas were great, haven't stayed anywhere quite like it. Got to Sintra but as we hadn't rented a car and spent most of the week surfing that was fine. Would definitely go back.
The food was simple but really well done. Loved it all to be honest and have already recommended to friends. Must try Peniche as that seems to be the real surf hotspot.
All in all a great week. I would thoroughly recommend Ericeira as a holiday destination and Ana Margharida Villas. Might even persuade the family to go again next year

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ulisses was great. Had a really good week with the surf school. Surf was small a lot of the time but we made do.

Review from Brendan
Brendan
Sligo
July 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Our holiday in Ericeria was very pleasant and at times relaxing. The Villas are very unique and architecturally very interesting. You could not get bored looking at the very types of lodgings. Our kids found the pool to be a very valuable resource. Our particular vila was nice and adequate.
The living room and kitchen area became a two person bedroom, I do not think that it was big enough for 4 adults. However, we had good neighbours both weeks, with whom we chatted a lot and sat out front all the time.
Restaurants, we tried a few but we settled on Pinto in the town. We found all of its food to be excellent, the staff were excellent and the prices were not bad. We travelled to Lisbon by bus. In Lisbon, we did Tram 28, the Oceanarium and the Benfica Braga match.
A great experience. Would we go back? Yes is the answer. However, we would have to plan the surfing differently, next time, and book more lessons.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf with Ulisses was good, the kids found him different to what they had been used to. They hired boards from Boardculture, across the road. They were excellent, made us welcome and laughed and joked through the whole encounter.
It was a pleasure to give him money, you know what I mean. The beaches are really nice, the water was colder than i expected and after two days with Ulisses, we had three days on Matadouro beside us. Day four was flat and a non runner.

Review from Jon
Jon
Dublin
July 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a lovely holiday. The accommodation was very unique and the setting with the views over the beach were stunning. We didn’t make it to Sintra, Lisbon or Peniche as the children were having so much fun on the local beaches

How were the surf lessons?

     

Had a good surf lesson with Ulisses and his crew were excellent with the children. Board hire was more expensive than expected and in hind sight it would have been more sensible to take my own board so will do that for next time.

Review from The Tickle family
The Tickle family
Wirral in Merseyside
June 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time in Ericeira, the villas are lovely and as you said very unique, especially the peacocks and pheasants! We ate out most evenings in the town and particularly enjoyed Canastra (I think that's what it was called) the fish restaurant which was enhanced by a beautiful sunset!
We went to Lisbon for the day which we loved and also Sintra which I would certainly recommend to anyone visiting the area. Beachwise we went obviously to Ribiera D'Illhas and also to Foz- both were lovely

How were the surf lessons?

     

Laura really enjoyed her surfing lessons and now has been bitten by the surfing bug (and intends to join the surfing society at her university!)

Review from Ryan
Ryan
Dublin
June 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Ericeira was fantastic, lovely place. Excellent food, lovely people. Villas were cool, no complaints. The restaurants were actually excellent. Ate fresh fish for the week. Really was an excellent holiday and am sure I'll be checking out some of your other holidays in future

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ulisses was grand and the lesson was fine. The surf was good.

Review from Laura
Laura
Glasgow
June 2015
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a fantastic time in Ericeira. The villa was beautiful, and in a great position; we found it easy to find beaches and all the bars and restaurants we needed. We had spent 3 days climbing in Covilha before arriving at the villa and we were so pleased with the amount of things happening in Ericeira...the mountains were very quiet!
We visited Cascais and Lisbon too but we have already decided to come back to Ericeira next year. The only problem we had was that in hindsight we should have booked more time surfing...so next year hopefully we can get more time! In general an awesome holiday all round!

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ulysses looked after us very well. We felt the quality of equipment and the amount involvement from the instructors was much greater than other surf schools we saw.

Review from Stephanie
Stephanie
Stuttgart
June 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time in Ericeira, the houses are really special. The kids loved it too, especially the pool area and the kiddie farm.
We didn't surf as much as we wanted too as we didnt bring our own gear.
We had some really nice diners. Went to Lisbon for a day and to Peniche, to surf and to watch the Rip Curl pro. We had a great time!

Review from Elena
Elena
Moscow
June 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Ericeira itself is a charming little town. It is also ideally located, not far from Lisbon and Sintra. A visit to these places is a must. As to the accommodation – it is perfect. We stayed for 5 nights. The villa has everything you will need for living. It is just on the beach.
Views are great. It is great to hear the noise of ocean the whole day. The windows look directly at it. I liked it. If you haven’t lessons you can just relax near the pool.

How were the surf lessons?

     

As to the surf lessons, they were great. It is a lot of fun. It was my second surf experience in Portugal . Hope that is wasn't the last

Review from Mandy
Mandy
Carlow, Ireland
June 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

This was our 4th visit back to Ericeira with surfholidays.com and it keeps getting better every year. We love the town (it’s so cute – not too touristy at all) and also the fab surf lessons and general chilled out atmosphere. We stayed in the Anna Margarida Villas for the first time and they were out of this world. The photographs really don’t do them justice at all! There are so many quirky little places to find, I don’t want to give too much away, but……. there is a secret staircase up to the top of the roof terrace (the 2 bedroom villa) which gives a lovely view of the pool and beach.

There is also a little walkway up past the top BBQ area which brings you to a cute seating area (behind the hammocks) where you can sip a drink whilst watching the sun set over the sea….. There is also a hidden pathway to the left of that seating area where there is a hidden sun lounger perched overlooking the sea. I’m sure there are many more things we didn’t find on this trip too…..we’ll just have to come back again and find them I guess!

We were a group of 7 and we shared the 2x bed villa (shaped like a boat with its own moat!) and also the neighbouring 1x bed house which had a really quirky ceiling (sea & Pool view Villa). The boat villa was huge! The 1x bed we stayed in was just beautiful, it had a very quirky ceiling decoration and a shower made out of glass bricks which made you feel like you were showering outdoors (tucked inside a rock wall thankfully, so not exposed!). Then there is an honesty bar, free roaming peacocks, a lovely pool and (at least) 2 BBQ area’s.

The beach is a 2 minute walk down a few steps. We didn’t surf on that beach, but there were people out there most days. The Quicksilver surf shop opposite the villa’s was really good too. Aside from selling lots of surf related clothing / sunglasses etc, it also has a really cheap bar in it (great idea….!). We were walking on Friday night and noticed there was a live band playing in-store so we popped in…..it was a great night! It also has an area with huge mac computers which can be used and outside there is a balcony where you can order a drink or two and watch the local kids in the purpose built skate park (Ericeira has some pretty cool skate kids!). There was also a DJ box outside…. but we didn’t see that used whilst we were there.

We found the food and drink in Ericeira to be very cheap and we ate like kings for the week. Our favourite in-town restaurants were, Tik Tapas and Prim. But our favourite meal had to be the sushi which they serve down at the beach where the surf lessons are held (I think this is usually on a Thursday night). It’s the best sushi I’ve ever tasted. I would seriously consider booking a Thurs – Fri holiday next year just so we can have sushi twice during the holiday! It’s one not to miss (make sure too book up early at the Na Onda bar to reserve a place). If sushi isn’t to everyone’s taste, they also serve great pizza’s. If you like mojito’s, I’d recommend you try the local cocktail “caipirao” which is made with Beirao Liqueur, freshly squeezed limes and sugar (I think it contains sugar as it tastes quite sweet) – you won’t be disappointed.

Ericeira town itself is lovely, a few little cute shops (although I never got to grips with the opening hours to be honest!) This was also the first year that we did not hire a car, we used the stop-and-go taxi’s (Renata) and it really did make such a difference. Renata is fantastic, we’ll never hire a car again. She picked us up and dropped us back to the airport, dropped us off and picked us up from our surf lessons every day (via the local supermarkets as required!). She also drove us the hour to Peniche beach and then waited until after our lessons to drive us home again.

A very relaxing and stress free alternative to car hire (and it cost us less to use taxis than it would to have hired a car)! All-in-all, another fantastic, relaxed holiday.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons and surf instructors are really good. The lessons are fun too, so even if you’re like me and inclined to spend more time falling off the board than surfing on it, you’ll enjoy yourself!
The waves were too strong to surf on the main beginner beach for a couple of days during the week so the instructors packed the boards and wet-suits into a van and we all made our way over to Peniche beach instead.
I was very impressed with that as otherwise we would not have got as much surfing done.

Review from Fiona
Fiona
Rathfarnham
June 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The villas that we stayed in were fabulous. The fisherman design was amazing, it was almost like a fishermans Disney!! The villa was perfect for the two of us and again we loved the design. The kitchen was kitted out with all we needed. The light in the bathroom wasnt working but as soon as we told them in the office they had it fixed before we got back.

The town of Ericeira is great, extremely friendly people (we once asked for directions to a restaurant and the man gave us a lift there!) It was lovely for a stroll around and a great meal out with a glass of wine. €1.50 we paid for our glass of wine on the square! Our favourite restaurant was the one by the sea where we picked our fish on the way in.

The views were fantastic, as was the food! The staff there were so friendly. We went there twice. We did visit Sintra and it was definately worth the visit and also Lisbon and another few towns nearby. Really nice towns and villages along the coast. So much to see and do as we had a hire car.

I would definately recommend booking with your company to my friends. As you replied to all my mails so quickly, even my last minute mail from the aircoach! The pack you sent was so comprehensive, and everything was easy to find and all details were covered

Review from Steve
Steve
Manchester
June 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Absolutely loved the place. Beaches excellent as well. Went surfing on x4 days. Can't quite remember the names of the restaurants we went to other than Tik Taks's- which was fab- both service and food great!
Had a few problems as we arrived- we got a toll fine, it seems we opted for a booth that didn't give us a ticket, but then got charged 48 euro's at the next one!! Other than that- amazing time, weather great, accommodation fantastic

Review from Cressy
Cressy
Carmarthen
May 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great surf holiday last week. The villa was brilliant....bit of a surreal experience arriving late at night and being attacked by ducks then woken by a peacock the next morning!
We relied heavily on your restaurant list and really enjoyed every meal- went twice to Tik Tapas as it was so good. Went up to Sintra too which was cool. All in all we had a great time

How were the surf lessons?

     

Jake and the children really enjoyed the surfing - they are in the process of putting together a thank you note for their instructor Flavio.

Review from John
John
Dublin
May 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time, we loved the villas, they are certainly unique! Surfed every day usually early morning before the winds came up. The weather was perfect but the week we were there had relatively small waves. There is so much potential there in such a small radius that I definitely want to get back.
The town is nice and great to walk around, we ate out every night and Tik Tak twice! Food was great and everywhere else. Took a trip down to Sintra for day and went up to palace which was certainly a must see. View was spectacular!! Overall a great holiday in an amazing place and we will certainly be returning

Review from Michael & Muireann
Michael & Muireann
Dublin
May 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Holiday was great. All the places you told us to eat were fantastic, Tic Tac Tapas was our favourite. The villas were different to say the least but fantastic all the same. All in all the area, villas, surfing could not be faulted. We are thinking about going back in September

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons were very well run and were very good for all levels, as they pulled you aside and asked you to do different things so you can progress to the next level.

Review from Henrik
Henrik
Norway
May 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Wow the Villas are unique indeed, never seen anything like it! And our villa was truly amazing and we had a great stay, very nice. We spent a few evenings at Tik Tak and we also spent a “few” euros on drinks at bamboo bar, hehe.. Loved Ericeira and learned a lot, so next week I’m heading up to Lofoten, in the northern parts of Norway to surf!

How were the surf lessons?

     

We spent 8 days surfing, mainly at Ribeira d’illhas, rented equipment at the semente surf shop, which was a good deal.. The waves were excellent except one day which it was too small to surf, however I would say summertime in Ericeira is very good for beginners as the waves are not too big.

Review from Ed
Ed
Limerick
April 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Our holiday went very well, we enjoyed it very much. The weather was very good and the surf was good. The villas were excellent with regard to location and pool. The view of the sea was exceptional as was listening to it at night as the waves crashed in on the cliff wall.
We ate out most evenings as we like the sea food, Tik Tak was very good and we were well looked after there. We also tried out a few other local eating houses which were also very good, no difficulty finding a place to dine.
We went to Lisbon, Mafra and Sintra for a trip and enjoyed them greatly. The accommodation classed among the best we have experienced in our summer holidays and our third trip to Portugal, we would think about going again.
Only possible disadvantage was our flight from Cork were late evening so we arrived very late on the Friday.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons went very well, the boys were placed in the kids class rather than the adult class but this was reasonable as the adult class was really 16/17 years plus. The class was very good and as you mentioned the café area beside the surfing beach was a pleasure and very reasonable with regards to price.

Review from Kevin & Sarah
Kevin & Sarah
Dublin
April 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We got on great in Ericeira - the Villas were very unique and loved the spot. Only got a few days of surf but didn't mind as chance to relax. Will defo recommend to others.

Review from Aideen
Aideen
Dublin
April 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a magic holiday. I loved Ericeria and west Portugal. Felt very local, friendly easy and not too commercial. The Villas are really special and even though we had seen the photos online the location, fun, madness and beauty of the place has to be experienced to be appreciated.

We tried lots of the restaurants on the list, Tik Tak, Pedra, Dura, Prim, all nice places - we liked Canastra the best. Ones we wanted to try next time are Tik Tapas and Mar A Vista which is a local seafood place that gets great reviews. We spent most of our beach time on Foz De Lizandro.

I adored the beach cafes, really good quality food and easy. We visited the aquarium in Lisbon which was OK - it was too hot to wander around outside so it was a brief visit! Also we went to Sintra- Moorish Castle and King and Queen castle (can't remember the name) Well worth it, way more touristy than I expected but would go there again - very vibrant fun town.
So all in all - fabulous, thoroughly recommend it and we may be back!

How were the surf lessons?

     

Special mention to Anje in Na Onda surf school - she was lovely and welcoming everyday. Our 14 year old son did great and became a very self sufficient surfer by the end of the 6 days.

Review from Kieran & Orla
Kieran & Orla
Dublin
March 2015
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time. The villa was so unique and we loved having the beach right on our door step. I surfed right out front and in Coxos too.

Review from Stuart
Stuart
Newport
March 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a fantastic time and would and have recommend to everyone!! Yes the villa and complex was eclectically beautiful and as for the sea views well.... still dreaming about them! We surfed and felt old but elated finding all sorts of muscles... our daughter able to stand on board first day!!
We went to the brother version tapas bar called Tik Tapas... the people welcoming, atmosphere vibrant and food delicious. We had a whistle stop tour of Lisbon and hope to return. Went to the Eden of Sintra and palace at Mafra. Needless to say coming home and trying to settle back has been truly difficult... but we have wonderful memories

Review from Jon
Jon
Milton Keyes
March 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great time. We were totally unprepared for the Villas, which are amazing. We rented the one by the pool instead of the courtyard which we were happy with. It was like living in a work of art for a week.
Why doesn't the owner have a leaflet describing how he constructed the place? We were dying to know something about him and his work. I gather he is a former mayor and a bit if a local celebrity.
Ericeira was lovely, and the food good. I think we ate at Tik Tak 3 or 4 times. Its good value. Something you might want to add to your notes for visitors is that the municipal park in town – it also has free wi-fi. Renata was very helpful with transfers too and meant we didn’t need to hire a car

How were the surf lessons?

     

Ben can answer for himself for the surfing lessons, but he rated the holiday 9/10 overall. Beaches were great,

Review from Linn Heidi
Linn Heidi
Stavanger
March 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

The villas were just great, peaceful and quiet but still close to everything. We liked it so much that we skipped the three days we planned to have in Lisbon, so the only thing we saw there was the museum of modern art! Pretty great that place too.
My son was really happy about the Quicksilver store and skatepark next to the villas, me too actually. Great people and bar. Bought a skateboard and spent a big part of our stay up there. One of the guys there took us out one night for the festival going on at that time and it was really nice to see Ericeira through a local.
Had 2 dinners at Tik Tak, lovey food and staff!
Also had a night at the nightclub with a friend one of our last days, had so much fun and found great people there to. Think we got all that we wanted from this vacation and I´m sure that I will come back for more later

How were the surf lessons?

     

Had two surf lessons learned a lot and had so much fun, we also rented gear and went out by ourself too.

Review from Carolyn
Carolyn
Kilkenny
February 2015
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

What a fab holiday! I am so glad that we booked through you as we felt that you had clearly researched the best available options in Ericeira with regard to both the accommodation and the surf school. Family holidays with toddlers can be a trial but this made it perfect. You can have an early evening meal on the beach and get the kids to bed at a reasonable time or go home and BBQ in lovely surroundings.

The villas were hilariously unique and on the right side of twee. It’s so nice to stay in a place full of character and personality. Many holiday rentals are clinical and off putting. I will certainly book through you again and have already recommended you to friends. The beaches around that coast must be the nicest in Europe and the cleanest I have ever come across, in fact the markets, the town etc were impeccably clean.

Lisbon zoo and the dolphin and seal show are very worth while. We just did a drive through Mafra and Sintra which were very pretty. It’s well worth getting a car rental. The only quibble I have is that there was no big knife for cutting bread , meat fish etc. Really enjoyable trip and will defo be returning.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The location for the surf school could not have been more perfect with the funky board walk, good waves in a non stony beach and a safe lagoon for the young kids to play in. The surf instructors were great fun and very interested in getting you vertical on that board.

Review from Cailín
Cailín
Dublin
February 2015
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a wonderful time I absolutely loved the villa!! The beaches were gorgeous quiet and very clean. We enjoyed the restaurants, the food was gorgeous and prices were cheap compared to Dublin!! So overall a very positive experience and we'd hope to go back again next summer

Review from Eugene
Eugene
USA
November 2014
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We rented all 12 Villas for a week for a wedding party. Everyone had a brilliant time. They worked brilliantly for our gang and were the hub of the week’s activities. It was great having the place to ourselves and we actually did a catered bbq there for all the wedding guests. It went down a bomb, actually almost felt like a wedding :)
They are certainly very unique, they are spectacular. Town was great as well and it was brilliant that you could walk in to the cafes, restaurants, shops etc. It just made for a really easy week where we didn't need to be in the car all the time.
I'm so glad we stayed there and there's already talk of a reunion and renting out the whole place again but I can't see that for another few years :(
In the meantime though if I know of anyone going there I'll defo put them into contact with you

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surfing went well, we just did it for 2 days and everyone had a lot of fun. I didn't go but people who did loved it. They were very happy with the instructor too.

Review from Eimear
Eimear
Ireland
October 2014
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Such a fab holiday. We’re brown & relaxed (& feeling the cold now back home). The town is great, love that it’s not commercial, Renata is so kind, It was great staying in the Vila Gale hotel for the few nights first as we got a handle on the town from day 1. Great views, pool & food.

The Villas are great for the kids, they loved all the birds & the quirky little houses & the pool – all afternoon. Had some lovely neighbours too. We all loved the facilities at Foz, the boys had lunch while I surfed – which worked out well. Why can’t we have facilities like that in Ireland? If we had a car we would have explored the other beaches around. We got the regular bus to Lisbon one day – very doable and cheap (€17 each way for the 4 of us). Didn’t get to Sintra but we have to leave something for next time!

We ate in town a few nights & had bbq at home too. Food is so much cheaper than here, both out & in supermarket. Did lots of shopping in surf shops – the boys are all Billabonged out!! Thanks again for the recommendations – will probably be in touch about surfing in Ireland next year.

How were the surf lessons?

     

Toby & the instructors took such care of us, (especially Brian who is diabetic). The 3 boys now consider themselves expert(!) surfers, especially Brian, the 9 year old!! I’m afraid that I should stick to the body boarding at my age, but really enjoyed being in the water every day.

Review from Niall
Niall
Dublin
October 2014
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a great holiday. We really liked the Ana Margarida Villas, we were at the very top where there’s only 2 villas with a barbeque, hammocks and a sun area overlooking the beach where you could watch the late evening surfers (with the ducks and peacocks).
We went to Foz do Lizandro for the surf lessons, nice beach. We also went to Riberia D’Ilhas which was pretty cool.
Regarding restaurants, as per the Welcome Pack, Tik Taks and Tik Tapas are definitely the best places to eat. Good backup restaurant was Pedra Dura, lovely pizzas. We used our barbeque a fair bit as the meat from the supermarket was really good, they’d make up skewers and burgers for you.
For beers etc. Pedro Pescadores was a great spot, good atmosphere and cheap beer/cocktails, no idea what time they close at as we’d fall out of the place early enough
There’s another couple of small laid back bars around the square that we went too which were nice.
I’ve already recommended Ericeira and www.surfholidays.com to friends as we’d defintely go back.

Review from Mary
Mary
Ireland
October 2014
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Well it was an excellent holiday, Ericeria is a very charming place, so clean and laid back, with excellent facilities and everything really that you could want for a family holiday.   We loved wandering around the town in the evening along with all the locals, eating, wandering again, having a coffee, more wandering and then maybe an ice cream or a glass of wine before the final wander of the day.  

There was a lot of surfing and posing at surfing done by my three, allowing me all the time in the world to chill and read and watch the passing parade of surf dudes on Foz de Lizandro beach, so you could say there was something on the trip for everyone. 

We explored most of the beaches in the area, one nicer than the other, but the favourite was Foz de Lizandro because of the size of the beach, the surf breaking onto sand rather than reefs and the excellent facilities for food, showers, parking, we could really learn a thing or two from the locals there on providing facilities for access to beaches and then maintaining them, and I have to say the family orientated atmosphere everywhere made it very relaxing, we never felt we needed to watch our gear or be on high alert.

We went to Mafra to see the Palace (there was some protesting, but I felt we had to be a bit cultural, and the library did impress, even if the actual Palace is very gothic and gloomy), we also went to Sintra which was a huge hit and climbed up to the Moorish Castle and sat in the square watching the traffic chaos....I’m surprised they haven’t pedestrianised Sintra entirely and put a park and ride in place for visitors. 

The Anna Margarida Villas were the most unique place we have ever stayed, we were always finding something new in the design to admire, it felt a bit like a cross between Gaudi’s Barcelona and Alice in Wonderland, and we weren’t surprised to find people taking pictures of it from outside or stopping to have a look over the wall.   There is a lovely vibe there, and the location is perfect, we had a spectacular view of the sea, the sunsets were simply magical, and having a pool five feet from the door made it very easy to get up in the mornings.  

My daughter Katherine adored the peacocks and had them visiting twice a day for crumbs, so much so that some mornings they would be standing outside the door waiting for her, or calling her from the roof.........peacocks are not subtle when it comes to calling, but she was delighted. 

We had excellent food everywhere, we went to Tik Tak twice and the Tapas restaurant but our favourites were the little pizza Italian place in the main square near the taxi rank called Boccalino and the Pedro Duro restaurant at the far end of the street after the Tourist office.    Eating out was less than half the price of home, and the food was always outstanding, we wept over coffee’s for 70 cents to 1 Euro almost everywhere, on one occasion in the main square we paid €7.15 for an espresso, a latte, a pot of tea, a Cokes and three buns.

Needless to say we would highly recommend Ericeria for a perfect family holiday even if you just want to do beach and pool, and even better still if you want to surf or learn to surf from scratch.  It would be hard to beat.

Review from Barbara
Barbara
Ireland
September 2014
Travelled with family

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Anna Margarida Villas are amazing. Really loved the place , it will be hard to match. My older lad loved the surfing. I would have preferred a gentler introduction- but I will try again!! The whole area is very scenic and beaches amazing.
Overall give the place top marks- and we will defo go again.

Review from MacFarland Family
MacFarland Family
Ireland
September 2014
Travelled with family

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We had a fantastic surf holiday again. This time we spent a week in the Ecolodges and a week in the Anna Margarida Villas, The Villa was fantastic & we loved it. I would find it hard to say which I preferred between them and the Ecolodges but I think Anna Margarida wins!
The villas by the pool are all individual, beautifully decorated and kitted out.The whole pool area and gardens are magical and in the evening you can sit out by the pool, looking over the sea with peacocks sitting on perches high about the villas! It was amazing.
We did miss the frog chorus you get at the lodges but the sound of ocean at the Villas is spectacular too! We definitely plan on going back some time in the future..Thanks for all your help

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surfing was great and the teachers fantastic for the kids. Unfortunately Alex hurt her ear whilst diving in the sea so only got to do 5 lessons but Tomas did 10 days and loved it. The coaches are very good.

Review from Hill Family
Hill Family
Florida
September 2014
Travelled with family

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The Villa Anna Margarida was way cool. Upon arrival into the villa parking area, we were a bit surprised. First, the guard dog--next to a windmill and a sign certifying eco-friendly living, then the peacock cage with the 'tom' bird in it, and the pathway down to the duck/swan pond. The swans are gorgeous, as are the ducklings. We continued our walk through the pathway to be greeted by peacocks roaming freely and then the mini fisherman village! This had the wow effect on us.

The photos don't do it justice. Very eclectic and decorated with lots of tilework, hidden pathways like the stairs up to our roof with even more amazing views of the ocean. The best part is while my husband was down surfing in the very chilly May water (with a wetsuit and happy as a Flipper), I was able to comfortably enjoy the pool with the children and peak over the fence at the cliff to take close-zoomed photos of my him surfing. The walk to the beach by the villas is perhaps 5 minutes with a 5 & 3 year old, bag of beach toys and towels, and a husband with a surfboard--probably faster if you have less with you LOL.

Shopping at the Billabong Outlet north of the villa = smart. I purchased 2 of the 'local' swim styles--very daring and adventurous, but glad I did it. Shopping at the main Mercado in the town center is closed Monday but open other days before noon. Get your food shopping done after your beach walk and before noon. Enjoy the rest of the day at the pool, beach, exploring different beaches, and then grill out by your villa.

We purchased amazing ribeyes from the supermarket mercado across the street about 500 meters away for a very good price. They grilled up great! I purchased red snapper (I think) from the main Mercado in town--in simple Spanish to the Portugese fisherman's wife...flash fried it while the calimari grilled and finished the snapper on the grill-amazing seafood! Thank goodness for the Spanish I studied years ago (Gracias Senora Gordon!).

Ericeira is a small village with a number of mercados, small surf shops, and eateries. The outskirts of the village offered very natural beaches with amazing views from the tops of cliffs and rocks all the way down to the beautiful sand and water. Early morning beach walks (8am for vacation 'early') surprised me, my husband & our children with all sorts of amazing sea life. We saw two start fish, shrimp, and small fish at low tide within the tidal pools. Just a gorgeous place to refocus and reenergize the family.
We will gladly return--already setting aside $$ for next year's return trip. Can't wait!

Review from Steve and Maeve
Steve and Maeve
Dublin
August 2014
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We had a really great time in Ericeira. We loved the Villa Anna Margaida houses, the interior was decorated in the style of Barcelona's Gaudi. It was very unexpected and the most unique place we have ever stayed in in Europe.
The view of the Ocean was breathtaking - the highlight being the BBQ evening in the gardens while watching the sunset.
The town centre was a short walk and we ate in most of the restaurants recommended in the Welcome Pack. We went back twice to Canastra and TikTak!

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons were great, was the first time we surfed in a hot climate and it made all the difference.

Review from Sarah
Sarah
Reading
August 2014
Travelled with family

How did you like the accommodation?

     

We loved the place, the houses are so cute and you feel like a millions miles from anywhere - it was like having our own private beach.
The kids were really impressed with the unique style of the houses - we named them the Hansle and Grettle houses as they were really magical.
The town is a real gem, its good to see places like this are still around and mass tourism hasn't interferred.

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf school were great also, the instructors gave us great individual attention and although I wouldnt say I will be getting sponsored by any surf label the kids seemed to feel they will!!

Review from Keating family
Keating family
Cork
August 2014
Travelled with family

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The gang had a great time, loved the little houses and the grounds. It was really private and different from a resort type holiday. We usually book a package holiday but were delighted to choose this option instead of a big anonymous hotel. The kids loved the surf and we loved the old town and the walks around the cliffs. will definitely be back.

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24-Hour reception
Bath Towels
Beach Towels
Heating
Kitchenette
Parking (free)
TV
WIFI (free)
Cot / high chair
Laundry
Massage
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Sundeck
BBQ Facilities
Bicycle rental
Mini golf
SUP
Surf school
Yoga

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An extra bed is €10. Payable on site
Sea View Villas
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

1 Bedroom Villa with Double Bed
Double Sofa bed in living room for 2 Adult or 2 kids
Kitchenette.

Courtyard View
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

1 Bedroom Villa with Double Bed
Double Sofa bed in living room for 2 Adult or 2 kids
Kitchenette.
Villas open out onto the private Courtyard

Studio
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Petit 1 Bedroom Villa with Twin/Double Bed
Kitchenette.
Opens out onto the Swimming Pool

The Boat Villa
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 6

2 Bedroom Villa designed as a Boat!
2 Twin/Double Bedrooms
Sofa bed in living room for 2 Adult or 2 kids
Kitchenette.
Opens out onto the Pool

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When you book you will receive our confirmation email with full travel directions of how to get to us.

We don't provide airport transfers but you can book one easily here: Airport Transfers

  • - Nearest Airport: Lisbon
  • - Distance from Airport in kms: 30 kms
  • - Time from Airport in a car: 35 minutes
  • - There is no train from the airport
  • - There is no bus from the airport

In the booking steps you can add surf lessons from any of our certified surf school partners below.

  • The surf school will either pick you up at your accommodation or meet you at the nearest beach as detail in their profile below.
  • The surf school will always contact you the day before to arrange the exact time of your lesson and meet up details.
  • Due to changing tides & conditions exact surf lesson times are not decided until the day before.
  • The full contact details of our surf school partners are included in your confirmation voucher
  • All our surf school partners are certified with their countries National Surfing Association
Tip: If you are staying for 7 nights we always recommend 5 days of surf lessons. Start the day after you arrive so you don't miss any good waves! You can choose your surf days in the checkout.

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This is where you surf Europe's best coast line and let the fun begin.There are over 12 surf breaks along the Ericeira coast, with different options for all standards. With so much choice you'll feel like a kid in a sweet shop! The area was introduced in the Stormriders Surf Guide to Europe with the heading "Enter the Heartland".

World Surf Reserve
In 2011 it was awarded the title of 'World Surf Reserve', there are only 2 other places in the world that share the title: Santa Cruz, US and Manly, Australia.

If it is your first surfing holiday to Ericeira then head straight to Foz do Lizandro and Sao Juliao beaches south of town, they are perfect beginner and intermediate surf spots. Closer to town is Praia do Sul. Another great beginner beach breaks. All best at mid tide but surfable at high and low tide also.

For Intermediates you have the reliable and safe reef break Ribeira d'Ilhas, which host the WSL World qualifying series surf championships every year. And for the more adventurous you have the world class Coxos. That's just naming a few, there are too many surf breaks to mention here!

Don't forget to explore further up the coast - 25 minutes away is Santa Cruz and an hour away is Peniche, home to the World renowned Supertubos and host of the Rip Curl Pro since 2009. 30 minutes south of Lisbon is the Cascais coast with the famous Praia do Guincho surf beach. And when north winds are blowing you can venture further south towards Carcevelos beach and the other surf spots along the Lisbon coast.

Come Surf Ericeira with us…

PAYMENT

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