If you go for a walk in the centre of Ericeira on a warm summer evening, you may hear jazz and laughter coming from what would seem to be a residential street. If you follow the sound, you will find Vira Copos, a wine bar and restaurant that is set on redefining culinary culture in the village. Divided into two floors, it makes the most of its architecture by exhibiting paintings by Portuguese artists. It is the ideal environment for its wine tasting events and concerts, and enjoying the excellent petiscos options.
Vira Copos, Rua do Caldeira 52, Ericeira, Portugal, +351 918 899 191
Eight years ago, Jan and Peter, two Flemish friends with a shared passion for surfing and pizza, bought a mini van and started touring the Iberian Peninsula sharing their expertise wherever they roamed. Eventually they settled in Ericeira and after a stint at the Ribeira d’Ilhas surf camp, they moved to a new venue overlooking São Lourenço Beach, just three kilometres north of their previous spot. Expect a glorious view over the ocean and a wealth of surf paraphernalia and memorabilia. After all, Ericeira is a World Surfing Reserve, one of five in the world and the only one in Europe.
Teresa Pinto runs this small petiscos place where she offers traditional Portuguese food, mostly the vintage brands relaunched by A Vida Portuguesa over the past decade. Vira Latas is a walk down memory lane for Portuguese costumers and an exciting opportunity for tourists eager to immerse themselves in the culinary history and culture of 20th century Portugal. Not everything is about the past though, for Teresa does keep abreast of new developments in food and drink by serving local craft beer Mean Sardine.
Vira Latas, Rua Capitão João Lopes 24B, Ericeira, Portugal +351 261 869 275
A ten-minute drive away from Ericeira, in the small village of Sobreiro, you will find one of the oddest yet most delightful surprises that Portugal has in stock. José Franco was a local craftsman working mostly on wood and clay, who in 1945 started turning his property into a model village of rural life. Almost 70 years later, Aldeia Típica José Franco still stands as a testimony to the traditions of the past, among which food and drink reign supreme. The adega (tavern) serves local dishes but the main culinary attraction is the simple yet winning combination of bread baked with chorizo and heady, fruit-flavoured red wine sourced from the farms of Sobreiro’s villagers. It hardly gets more authentic than that.
Adega Tradicional Zé Franco, Estrada Nacional 116, Sobreiro, Portugal, +351 261 815 420