Ericeira: Europe's surfing jewel | Photo: Husond

Portuguese town of Ericeira could become the first European region with the World Surfing Reserve title. The application has been presented yesterday by municipality of Mafra, in Portugal.

The Portuguese bid is supported by public and private institutions and includes the coastal strip from Empa Beach to São Lourenço Beach.

The application was submitted last week to Save the Waves.

"Ericeira is internationally recognized by its conditions for surfing, has unique natural features, 11 miles of coastline and 22 waves. Seven of them will be candidates," said Helder Silva, from Tourism of Mafra.

The candidate waves are Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira de Ilhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos and São Lourenço.

The first ever World Surfing Reserve title was awarded to Malibu, in California.