Ericeira is only about a half hour northeast of Lisbon. You can conveniently get to anywhere on the Gold Coast from there.
There is no shortage of restaurants. It is clean and shiny. I will try to describe her to the best of my ability. There is a boardwalk along the ocean that goes on forever. It is only about an hour and 15 minutes north of Ericeira.
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In the end, my wife was right about me leaving my cash at home rather than me having lost it at the airport. First and last time ever. Okay, back to the scam. One stall was selling it in your choice of white or dark chocolate. But it was nothing like that. The Queen of Portugal was presented with Obidos as a wedding present in Beats a toaster!
But still, how can I make any of my losses back?
If you Google Nazare, you will find YouTube videos of surfers riding foot waves! Cathy wanted to stop at Aveiro to check it out. There are many shops off of the boardwalk. Some of them had left their surfboards there on display with atures and messages scribbled on them.
Naturally, I had to try that. The Estoril Casino is old and famous and at least one James Bond movie had been shot there. In my opinion, dark chocolate makes for a much better taste combination. It was delicious, by the way.
A tell is a al the inexperienced player unintentionally shows when he has a good hand. There is also a great 60 Minutes segment on surfing in Nazare. Naturally, the closer you get the harder it is to find a place to park. Up top was an outdoor restaurant selling amazing seafood dishes and the line was quite long.
Lots of places to walk or ride your bike. Lots and lots of restaurants with so much fresh fish. They call it The Venice of Portugal and it lives up to its name. Our hotel was in a great location. And squeeze her into skin tight yoga pants that are brightly colored with swirling patterns. It is only a 50 minute drive north from Ericeira.
Ericeira, my love – a local’s guide
There was a very cool surfing museum there with pictures and videos of famous surfers. I tried both. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and it was time to leave Porto and head back to our future hometown of Ericeira. Would have been 6 except that we got lost coming back. In the meantime, I will purchase a new zoom lens for my camera to try and catch some action shots.
A raven man was one of our first encounters so naturally Cathy had to take a picture with him. In my last blog, I had mentioned that we had decided that Ericeira was our kind of town and we started the ball rolling on purchasing an apartment there. Good thing I was wearing my sunglasses. At the Estoril Casino of course!
She finally did. But we certainly did love it! City driving is not fun for me. So, we went in and it was not as exciting as the casinos in Vegas. It did have a lovely beach, though, which I hear is packed with people in the summer. Then she places the pamphlet on top of my cellphone, which was lying on the table. There were sunbathers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. A brightly colored Gypsy woman came to our table to sell us a lottery pamphlet.
I wish I had gotten her picture but it took me too long to recover from the ordeal. Some of them were touristy. But many of them were quality items at reasonable prices. We walked around but only for an hour or so before deciding to head out to Praia do Guincho.
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Obidos was an unexpected treat and one of our more pleasurable outings! Walking through the streets of Porto is like walking through history. Only an hour north of Ericeira, and close to Obidos, is Caldas daRainha. We had heard a lot of good things about it and wanted to check it out for ourselves.
Another area we wanted to check out was Sesimbra. Picture, if you will, Kim Kardashian. Upon entering the castled walls there is a convenient parking lot and from there we walked inside the ancient village.
Now add 20 years and 75 pounds. It is conveniently located and it is a nice medium-sized city. There was even a cigarette concession near the entrance. Across the street were shops and restaurants. We knew that it was a beach town with a boardwalk and we were expecting something similar to Cascais. But we were able to leave the car there the whole time and walk everywhere we wanted to go. And it was smokier. Most definitely, we will be visiting again, especially when the surf is up.
We walked about 7 miles on our first day, including back and forth to our Airbnb. Be forewarned, there are Expats for Ericeira public restrooms at the lighthouse. Once again, Cathy was right. Like the dog wagging his tail. Cascais is a wonderful city. One time, while playing poker in Vegas many years ago, I drew a straight flush. Nazare boasts of having the biggest waves in the world.
The boardwalk was wide and clean and stretched on for a long way alongside a beautiful beach. It seemed a bit more disted and it was a very sleepy town. There are beautiful statues and old architecture and you can almost feel the ghosts of the past walking alongside you. A word of warning, the first Ginjinha stand you see charges 1.
I had a very authentic Portuguese dish called Francesinha, which was a layered dish with bread, ham, steak, sausage, cheese and topped off with an egg. After spending our first night in Lisbon, we picked up our rental car in the morning and headed to Cascais pronounced Kush-Kaish. It was about a half hour south of Porto.
The surf was rather flat on the day we were there, but it was very enjoyable none-the-less. Getting my second cup of coffee in Aveiro fixed everything. We had heard a lot about Peniche, so we decided to check it out an hour north of Ericeira. Porto is a three hour drive north from Ericeira.
We then decided to head out to the lighthouse. Aveiro was worth the detour. We parked our car in the parking garage adjacent to the hotel. One would expect that, of course.
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If they also serve lunch, then they will close around and reopen at This is all over Portugal and probably all over Europe. I grab my phone and more forcibly tell her to Go Away! There are also a lot of cork products because Portugal is the land of cork. Once we found a parking spot, we walked down to the lighthouse and paid a euro each to get in. In my defense, the coffee we had that morning was weaker than my defense and I was feeling cheated right out of the gate. In other words, I left a winner!