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Ericeira Has Fine Seafood Restaurants

Aug 18, 2007
Ericeira is a fishing village 50 km northeast of Lisbon, 25 km from Sintra and 10 km from Mafra. It has the Atlantic Ocean as an eternal companion. Out of this relationship, the sun has given the best of its light and an ocean of traditions has been born.

The hospitality of its people, the harmony of the old village with its narrow cobblestone streets, characteristic housing, singular monuments, the sea, the fishing, the cuisine, the bold Atlantic views and the multiplicity of cultural programming interlace here in a grand way to welcome its visitors.

Its fine seafood restaurants have made the town very popular as a place to enjoy an evening out with friends.

Ericeira is also well known amongst the surfing community, who travel from around the world to take advantage of the powerful Atlantic waves that can be found here.

Walking down through the old village with its picture square painted houses and cobbled streets the visitor passes a variety of restaurants, all offering exceptional seafood menus. The seafront offers wonderful sunsets and interesting places of worship, such as the St Sebastian chapel.

In 1910 Ericeira became the point of departure for the royal family when they were forced to leave Portuguese shores and take sanctuary in the UK.

The Portuguese republican movement had developed a powerful base of support in Lisbon where half the countries teachers, doctors and accountants resided.

Thirty per cent of Portugals industrial employees worked in or near the city and dozens of newspapers were appearing to cater for the political culture taking root in the capital. Junior army and navy officers, factory workers, journalists and civil servants were joining together to be initiated into the Carbonari secret society that had spread from Italy to Portugal.

The Carbonari were dedicated to the overthrow of the monarchy and the rolling back of the powers of the church. The signal for the revolution to roll came from the naval ship Admastor on 4th October 1910. The monarchy was caught completely unawares by the speed of events. King Manuel II was playing bridge with the visiting president of Brazil, when he was advised to travel to Mafra where the royal family spent their final night, before sailing into British protection from the shores of Praia dos Pescadores in Ericeira.

In the heart of the village sits the Casa da Cultura of Ericeira. This contains a library, auditorium and art gallery named after Jaime Lobo e Silva, a local band conductor and historian who died in 1943. There are regular performances of classical music by world class musicians that at a mere 3 euros entrance fee should not be missed.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Ericeira Rental Site
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