São Julião is a reliable beach break located 5 km south of Ericeira. This long stretch of beach offers multiple peaks with both lefts and rights. It picks up a lot of swell, so even on the smallest days there is most likely something to surf. On the bigger days and with the right tide and swell direction, you can get nice barrels here. But as São Julião is easily maxed out and also wind sensitive, you need to know when to go to get the best out of it.
Normally the best time to surf is below mid tide, but this can change easily when the sand banks move. On the smaller days São Julião is beginner friendly and then you’ll also find multiple surf schools here. On the bigger days, the rips are heavy and dangerous. The main peak at the parking might be crowded, but as you walk along the beach you can have waves for yourself. But watch out for the rocks if you surf more towards the middle or south side of the beach!