'Come & Play in Ericeira, The World Surfing Reserve!'


Back in the days when we were scouting the world for a place to settle down and call home we knew that location was the key to both personal and professional success. Ericeira in Portugal did tick all the boxes but little did we know that our new home would make us feel like Alice in Wonderland. Of course Ericeira being Europe’s first world surfing reserve with a solid reputation for world class waves was a big draw but soon we learned that the 5* surfing was just the tip of the iceberg.

Ericeira and its rugged natural landscape is a Mecca for action sports but also the epicenter of Portugal’s fast growing yoga scene. The vast Atlantic Ocean, the dramatic cliffs, the crisp air and rolling fields are the perfect ingredients for holistic contemplation, but it doesn’t stop there.
It really does seem like there is something to be found here for everyone.

In a radius of a good hour’s drive from Alma do Paço you can discover plenty of hidden and less hidden gems to keep the culture –and nature hungry satisfied.

From sacred Fatima (one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Europe) to the UNESCO cultural landscape of Sintra, the mundane historical center of Cascais, the world’s biggest waves at Nazaré and the dramatic rock formation of Cabo da Roca at the most western point of Europe, just to name a few! And with nearly 2000km of coastline it’s hard to beat Portugal’s stunning beauty and variety when it comes to beach hedonism!

It was a hard pick, but from all these incredible activities to do and stunning places to visit, we’ve selected a handful of tours and activities that we personally recommend (and yes, we’re hard to please).


Ericeira is Europe’s first world surfing reserve and has a strong reputation for being a prime surfing destination. Whatever your skills, swell condition or prevailing winds, there’s always a virgin wave around waiting for you to ride it! In case you didn’t bring your own surfboard, we have a wide range of boards for rent. But if you don’t find what you’re looking for with us, we can for sure hook you up with the right pick for your taste with one of our partners.

Surfboard: 40€ /day
Wetsuit: 15€ / day

Have you always been staring in awe to these acrobats riding the ocean swells? Do you love playing in the shore break and the feeling of the sun rays and the salt water on your face? Then surfing just might be your thing! And the good news is that it is not very difficult to learn. We only work with ISA-licensed instructors with years of experience teaching all kinds of people how to surf. The only requirements we ask from you are some basic swimming skills!

Two hours all-included group lesson: 45€/person

*maximum 6 surfers per group
*main surfing spots: Praia do Matadouro and Praia do São Julião

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If you are thinking of buying a new surfboard but you’re not quite sure yet what to get then reach out to us to try out a wide variety of shapes and sizes from local and internationally renowned brands.


Stand up paddle boarding is an incredibly easy watersport to learn and you can become an expert paddle boarder in no time. People of all ages and fitness levels are capable of learning to paddle board in just a couple of minutes.
Paddle down the river mouth of one of our beautiful sandy beaches or drift along the coast of the World Surfing Reserve discovering one amazing bay after the other.
2hours all-included group lesson & tour: 45€/person

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If you are thinking of buying a new SUP but you’re not quite sure yet what to get then reach out to us to try the latest and best SUP gear from NAISH SUP boarding. 


Kitesurfing has gained immense popularity over the last few years and there’s a big chance it will become your new addiction as well! This very accessible extreme sport can be done with a wide variety of conditions: howling winds, summer breeze, boiling waves or lagoon flat water, no matter what nature throws at you, fun is ensured! We have taught people of all ages, fitness levels and background (believe it or not, even the King of Belgium) to kitesurf with success!

We offer a wide variety of lessons and private coaching, from beginner to advanced, to fit your level, experience and ambition in kitesurfing. We truly understand that each student has his/her own unique and individual needs and goals. We will design each lesson for you, so that the progression towards becoming a proficient kite surfer is an exciting, safe, rewarding and enjoyable experience.

  • Private all-included 10hours course: 900€/person
  • Private all-included course per 2 hours: 200€/person
  • Group lesson all-included 10hours course with 2 persons: 500€ / person
  • Group lesson all-included 10hours course with 4 persons: 400€ / person
  • International Kitesurfing Organization personalized certification included
  • Pick-up and transport to the best spot according to the conditions included
  • Good times included

Are you already an experienced kitesurfer with the skills to challenge the wind & waves and an IKO card to prove it? Then we can help you out with the right kit to enjoy our windy playground.

  • All-inclusive half day rental: 100€
  • All-inclusive full day rental: 150€
  • Proof of sufficient level required
  • Rental upon own responsibility for material and/or personal damage

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If you are thinking of buying a new kite but you’re not quite sure yet what to get then reach out to us to try the latest and best in kite gear from Naish Kiteboarding.


When we moved here we had no idea we are actually located in the midst of a MTB-Walhalla waiting for you to discover it’s virgin trails. Whether you are an intermediate rider or a semi-pro, the rugged terrain that surrounds Alma do Paço will leave you longing for more.

We’re currently starting to explore the area ourselves and are aiming to offer GPS-guided MTB tours to our guests by next season. But for now we will quench your riding-thirst by renting out well maintained bikes and a limited selection of nearby mapped trails in cooperation with our local partners.

  • Rental Standard MTB: 25€ per day
  • Rental Premium MTB: 35€ per day
  • Tours (guide, insurance, water bottle + MTB included): starting at 50€/two hours tour

*Rental upon own responsibility for material and/or personal damage


Here at Alma do Paço, we aim to offer you a holistic leisure experience. So after action must come relaxation! Yoga needs no further introduction: hailing from ancient India this physical, mental and spiritual practice has slowly infiltrated the mainstream Western world and is now an essential component to create and maintain a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Join our yoga teacher Karol de Souza for a daily mix of early bird and sunset yoga sessions throughout the season. Whether you are a handstand-a-day kind of person, or haven’t touched your toes in years, Karol tailors the classes to your needs, encouraging deep, nurturing relaxation for all.

  • One hour group class (from 2 persons onwards): 20€ per person
  • One hour private class: 40€ per person

*Well maintained mats, bolsters, straps and bricks are available to use free of charge

*Please make sure to inform our yoga teacher prior to the class in case you have any physical and/or medical complaints so they can adapt accordingly


Why not combine your week of rushing to the beach with a little me time and choose a deeply relaxing, therapeutic massage?

The benefits of massage run deep – relaxation, stress reduction, improved circulation, helping the immune system and improved posture to name but a few.

Select the right treatment for you: whether looking to soothe aching surf muscles or those tense computer shoulders, to kickstart your body’s ability to let go, or to surrender entirely to a deeper mind.

The skilled hands of our massage therapists Karol de Souza and Saskia Knoop have years of experience in relaxation, deep-tissue and sports massage and will shape the massage to your own individual needs.

  • 60min. massage: 60€
  • 90min. massage: 90€

*Please make sure to inform your therapist prior to the massage in case you have any physical and/or medical complaints so they can adapt accordingly.

Wine tourism

The Lisboa wine region, until recently know as Estremadura, might not be so famous as it’s more southern neighbor, the Alentejo, with is full bodied red wines or the Entre-Douro-e-Minho region with its crisp vinho verde, but that doesn`t mean that our local wines can`t compete in quality and taste with the grand wines! Our house wines are from the small scale, family-run Manzwine house which opens its door to our guests for wine tasting too! Whether you are an enthusiastic for wine tourism or a complete novice, Manzwine has a set of options for you to please all wine lovers! The wine tours include a visit to the winery, to understand the multiple processes the wine passes through, the warehouse where the oak barrels rest, a visit to the museum and of course a wine tasting with the wines of your choice!

  • Prices start at 25€/person for two hours tasting. 


Ericeira and its surroundings are not only about surfing and action-filled sports.

In a radius of a one hour’s drive from Alma do Paço you can discover plenty of hidden and less hidden gems to keep the culture –and nature hungry satisfied.
Here is a brief selection of the more famous must-sees:

  • Sintra
    Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town that is set amidst the pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra, just to the west of Lisbon.The slightly cooler climate attracted the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens. The variety of fascinating monuments and historic buildings makes Sintra a highly regarded tourist destination and is a popular day trip from Lisbon or Ericeira.
  • Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
    The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is one of the 13 Natural Parks of Portugal. While only established in 1994 as a Natural Park by the Portuguese Government, it has been protected since 1981. Its area is approximately 145 km². It includes the Serra de Sintra Mountain Range but extends all the way to the coast and Cabo da Roca, continental Europe’s westernmost point. The natural park boasts a wide diversity of impressive sights and is definitely worth to visit.
  • Obidos
    When 13th-century Portuguese Queen Isabel passed through Obidos and marveled at its beauty, her husband King Denis I simply gave it to her. For centuries after, the kings of Portugal followed suit, presenting the picturesque little town to their queens as a wedding gift. With its white buildings shining as brightly now as then, the walled city of Obidos is very popular with tourists, its hillside location offering amazing views of the Estremadura area. The medieval castle is a main attraction and definitely worth the drive from Ericeira.
  • Evora
    Evora is a delightful Portuguese city that is situated in the heart of the arid Alentejo region of central Portugal. Evora makes for a fantastic tourist destination with numerous interesting sights, a traditional heritage and an unhurried ambience, in part due to the intensely hot summers. Historically, Evora was an important trading and religious center, and this is reflected by the many tourist attractions which can be discovered within the city walls. A must-visit when in Portugal.
  • Lisboa
    Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), once home to the world’s greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator, becoming the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). The former launch pad for many of the world’s greatest voyages is now where modern travelers discover…
  •  Cascais
    Cascais is a coastal town with plenty of grandeur, located just west of Lisbon, along the Estoril coast. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists with plenty of historical charm wrenched in its romantic alleyways.
  •  Mafra
    Mafra is the main city near Ericeira and is mostly known for its sumptuous National Palace. The Mafra National Palace is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery and is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Construction of the palace began in 1717 and was completely concluded in 1910. Other points of interest nearby include the stunning nature of the Tapada Nacional de Mafra, an enclosed wildlife and game reserve, and Ericeira‘s World Surf Reserve, the second of its kind in the world.
  • Arrabida Natural Park
    Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty, where the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. If you are a lover of pristine beaches and stunning nature, than this region is a must-see!