Coxos beach, a paradise for surfers
Coxos beach is a hidden paradise for beach lovers near Ericeira, Europe’s World Surf Reserve. Known for being a surf spot is also a great place for families.
From the top of the cliff, Coxos beach (Praia dos Coxos) dazzles us with its wildness. The beauty of the small bay of white sand and often turbulent sea is almost indescribable.
Even though unknown for the majority, Coxos beach is well-recognized by surfers and body boarders from all over the world thanks to the perfect waves it offers for the practice of these sports along the nearby famous Ribeira d’Ilhas. In fact, surfing in Ericeira is a thrill!
However, Coxos beach is becoming more and more popular amongst other sorts of public due to the development of some infrastructures that made it more comfortable for families, namely the beach bar, providing snacks and a refreshing drink, as well as the recent asphalt access road.
The sea can be very dangerous at Coxos beach due to the strong tides on the south side. However, the recently assigned lifeguard and the installed beach SOS system increased safety enormously. Besides, during low tide Coxos beach is a wonderful place for the children because of the small lagoons formed on the rocks where they can swim and play safely.
Coxos beach is a very curious name for it means “the lame persons beach”. There are several tales concerning the origin of the name: some say that due to the high levels of iodine, the rocks of the beach where very popular among those with bones diseases, who came and sat on the rocks waiting for their illness to disappear. Others claim that before the existing asphalt road the access to the beach was very rough, thus people going down there, seen from a distance, seem like as if they were limping.
Finally, there is an old tale stating that after a shipwreck the lame captain of the ship came ashore to be mistakenly killed by a shotgun. Upon his request he was buried on the beach that was named Coxos beach in his honor.