In Ericeira summer is over. Autumn has arrived, but we still have sunny days and warm temperatures. How beautiful Ericeira is late afternoon. We look out to sea and in the distance we can see ” Cabo da Roca”, the most westerly point inPortugal. It appears to be saying ” I am always here”. At low tide when the sea goes out and the waves become smaller, we are invited to enter in to the water. Of course surfers are always ready to accept this invitation. The Lizandro river winds its way down to the sea. Clean, crystalline water bringing with it some fresh water eels, the main ingredient of “ensopada”a dish much appreciated by local people and visitors, who come to local restaurants in search of a good meal. Along the banks of the river the foliage of the plants and bushes change colour to the beautiful golds and ambers typical of the season.
All the seasons of the year have their own special charm. In Ericeira, all are well defined. In the summer the beaches are full of holiday-makers, the majority children, whose paediatritians have recommended Ericeira, since the high level of ozone in the air is beneficial to bone and teeth developement. In the narrow paved streets we can see and hear tourists.The coffee-shops are full of people ,who enjoy a good cup of coffee and a cake, chosen from the great variety on offer here, made by the excellent pastry cooks, who have given Ericeira its good name in this field. To spend the summer in Ericeira is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience. In the winter the beauty of the rough seas and waves, sometimes as high as 7 metres, breaking on the rocks make us loose our sights in the infinite space of the ocean. Spring brings us the return of the swallows, warm weather, an indication of times to come, and with them the arrival of the first visitors. We see them arrive at the week-ends, in search of the much missed sun and sea. And autumn? What does autumn bring us?. The beauty of nature`s colours, falling leaves, the smell of roast chestnuts, swallows flying south, sweet ,soft tones of music coming from the ocean, the chirping of the sea-gulls combined with the sound of the waves form a lovely lullaby. Well! Walking along the sea-front commonly known as “Furnas”, sitting outside coffee bars drinking coffee or even in the local belvedere called”Sala das Visitas”we cannot but be amazed by the beautiful scenery. Nature is wonderful! We should appreciate, feel and take advantage of everything it has to offer. A balsam, to help us forget the frequent mentionings of “CRISIS” that all too often spoil our days.