If you've ever harboured notions of taking on the waves, a surfing Mecca in Portugal could be the place for you, writes Lisa Brady
Lisa Brady travelled to Ericeira courtesy of Surfholidays.com - visit surfholidays.com, tel 01 482 2828
Cost: prices for accommodation at the Anna Margarida Villas start from €469 in low season to €985 in high season for up to 4 people; five days of surf lessons including equipment is €98 per person (€72 for kids uner 12)
How to get there: Aerlingus flies to Lisbon from Duboin yearround and from Cork from March 25 to October 27. For more information on fares and schedules and to book, visit www.aerlingus.com. Hertz provided car hire from Lisbon airport; transfers can also be organised by surfholidays.com. Journey time to Ericeira is about 40 minutes
What to bring: sun cream, arnica cream, flip-flops
What to avoid: going to beaches on public holidays, as they get crowded
What to buy: olive oil and wine
What to do: watersports, walking, watch the sun set on the beach.