Mafra and Ericeira highlighted in Spanish website


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In times of pandemic, it is important to remember the good things we have.

The Spanish website Single Quiver mentioned Ericeira and Mafra in a kind of tourist guide for the Lisbon area which, although with some gross errors (for example, the “panoramic image of Ericeira”…), presents this region in a very positive way.

The article written by Eduardo Torrilla and E. Torrichelli, which is already a few months old, has only just come to our attention, but remains up to date on the essentials.

in Ericeira the windows of the houses devour the hungry sea

Entitled “Journey to Ericeira, World Surfing Reserve”, the text begins by locating and characterizing Ericeira, giving some indications about what to see and where to surf in the village of the sea urchins.

The piece, which presents itself as a trip between Ericeira and Guincho beach, also finds room for some poetic passages, such as one in which one can read the following: “They say that in Ericeira the windows of the houses devour the hungry sea. And that its port, its houses and streets are another letter of the alphabet that the Phoenicians left floating on the horizon when they used it as a commercial port in their contact with Northern Europe.”

Giving special emphasis, as would be expected, to the seven waves that make up the World Surfing Reserve, it also talks about the streets, nooks and soul of Ericeira, which fits together with some of the “most captivating places in the Iberian Peninsula”.

After Lisbon – the article also speaks of Sintra and Cabo da Roca, before getting to Guincho -, it’s Mafra’s turn, nicknamed “the Portuguese Escorial”, in reference to the Spanish Monastery of Escorial. Here they write about the set that is currently part of UNESCO’s world heritage – and from the Palace to Tapada, it presents the “greatest landmark of Portuguese Baroque architecture”.

You can read the original article here.

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