Nazaré Local Customs

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    Nazaré (Portugal)
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    Portuguese beer

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    Portuguese Superbock beer

    Portugal is not particulary famous for its beer. Nevertheless, pale lager beers seem to be quite popular. I usually order Sagres or Superbock beer.

    Sagres is brewed by the Central de Cervejas brewery in Vila Franca de Xira. Nowadays the Brewery is owned by a British group.

    Superbock seems to be the most popular beer in Portugal and it is also well known in other countries of the world. It is brewed by the Unicer brewery, which is located in Leca do Balio in the north of Portugal.

    Superbock: http://www.superbock.pt/

    Sagres: http://www.cervejasagres.pt/

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    Nazaré - Life inspiring ladies

    by MarioPortugal Written Jun 20, 2006

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    Augusta, 83; Emilia, 86; Virginia, 82.
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    People from Nazaré are very open to visitors. If one experiments to chat with the locals one will immediately notice how lively they speak back.

    Actually, no matter the age local people are, they are usually very open to foreigners.

    With those ladies pictured on this tip I've experienced a very dynamic conversation. Showing such bright life while chatting, those ladies gave me a really inspiration for life.

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    Sun dried Fish

    by MarioPortugal Updated Jul 22, 2006

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    It's a tradition in Nazaré. Local ladies Sun dry their carapaus ("Trachurus trachurus").

    According to my pocket dictionary, "carapau" translates into english as "small saurel" or "stickleback".

    The Carapaus generally take one or two days to be full dried.

    Sales to tourists are appreciated. 1 Euro buys one dozen Sun dried Carapaus.

    I guess Sun drying fish is an ancient tradition that nowadays is still kept alive to store inexpensive food at home. Well, at least the local Nazaré ladies say this tradition has been in use for generations back.

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    SEVEN SKIRTS OF NAZARE'

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 10, 2009

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    Fishermen wives wore the traditional headscarf and embroidered aprons over seven layers of flannel skirts in different colours thus SEVEN SKIRTS OF NAZARE'. Seven represented seven days of the week, seven colours of the rainbow and so on.
    Fishwives of old would await the safe return of their men, on the beach in cold , wet and windy conditions. The multiple layers would keep them warm. The tradition is carried on to this day,
    We had a lovely surprise at the restaurant, when a local Senhora visited our VT group and demonstrated to us, all the layers of her skirt. Quite interesting actually.

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    Tradition

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    Tradition is fading in Nazaré, but, if you look carefully, it's still present, specially in the old people.

    That happens because the fading is the result of the new opportunities of live, not for loosing respect and the love of that tradition.

    Nazaré is struggling to preserve its unique culture, and, I appreciate that effort, though, sometimes, we easily understand that they are only performing for visitors.

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    Lota

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    "99...98...97...95...95...94... Chuí. Sold by 94 to that man in the second row".

    And the basket of fish was replaced by the next one, until the end of that day's catch.

    Now, the "Lota" is closed, and that show is not available anymore. But the place was preserved, and is now used as a cultural center.

    Good idea. I saw books and computers around, but forgive me, I only really saw those steps were for decades beat the earth of the people, and started the spreading of fresh fish to the area.

    At the door, a woman looks at the sea and waits. But to make entire justice to Nazaré's women, a couple more female figures should be added running with baskets in their heads to the markets.

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    Black widows

    by rexvaughan Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    Multi-petticoats

    Some would say these ladies dress for tourists, but the age of the lady we saw makes me believe that was not the case with her. It was evidently the custom in the past for women to wait on the beach for their fishermen and, as it can be windy and chilly at oceanfront, they would wear as many as seven petticoats so that they could use them to wrap their limbs and heads in for warmth. It was also the custom for widows to wear black for the rest of their lives. The lady we saw obviously had on several petticoats which made her skirt sort of balloon out. She was elderly and wearing black but we are not sure if she was a widow.

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    Drying Fish

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    Once a large activity, the racks of drying fish in the sand almost disappeared, since the closing of the "Lota". However, in front of the new cultural center (performed?...) you still may see how it is done, and imagine the look, the smell (the flies) of the large area they once used in that work.

    Would you believe me if I say that I never tasted that dried fish?

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    Market days

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 9, 2006

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    Market along the Avenida da Republica
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    Market days bring vendors of all kinds to the main center of the lower town. They line Avineda da Republica and along the Pracas Arriaga and Praca Sousa Oliveira. Here you can find clothing of all types, olives, nuts and other foodstuffs. It has an authentic feel as the kiosks and tents are staffed by older ladies and the things like nuts and olives are not pre-packaged. I read that these markets take place every day except Monday

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    Carnival

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    It used to be typical, the Carnival in Nazaré. The people is joyful and exuberant, and imagination and humour flow with the "cegadas", small groups that perform in the streets, with texts and improvisation criticizing local figures and themas. Not lately.

    The carnival became a parade like any other, with some investment but without spontaneity that was its landmark. Imagination was absent, and the only remarkable group was a large collection of small girls representing Marilyn Monroe, in a fresh and colorful scene.

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    The Legend

    by Redang Written Jun 22, 2009

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    "According to legend the sheriff (alcaide) of Porto de Mós, Dom Fuas Roupinho, maybe a templar, was chasing on horseback a deer up a hilltop on a misty September morning in 1182 (later it was said that it was the devil, in the guise of a deer). When the deer jumped over the edge of the hilltop into the void, his fiery horse was about to follow. Then the knight invoked the intervention of the Madonna, who made the horse turn away through a supernatural effort and saved the life of the knight.

    Subsequently, a chapel A Ermida da Memoria, was built very near this spot, over a grotto where stood a small statue of a Black Madonna, brought from Nazareth, Palestine. Near the chapel one can see the imprint of the horseshoe in the rock".

    Notes: Excerpt taken from the net.
    Sorry, no pics of the chapel.

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    Quartos - Chambres - Rooms - Zimmer

    by solopes Updated Sep 13, 2012

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    Spring is nice in Nazaré: the beach and the streets are free of the crowds, yet, and hapinness comes with the sun and the expectations of good business with tourists.

    Games come to the street, but everywhere the omnipresent displays - "Quarto, Chambres, Rooms, Zimmer", always in that order - remind what really matters for them.

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    Religion

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    One of the characteristics of Nazaré is the religiosity of its people. The risky work in the sea turned the sand stripe in a stage of prayers in the rough days. Blessings and processions are common in town, that reverences a miracle by the date of the Portuguese independence.

    "Hidden" in the church, in Sítio there's a small black image of Our Lady of Nazareth, that, according to another legend was carved by St Joseph, the carpenter, and brought from Galilee to Merida, in Spain in the 5Th century, and from there to Nazaré in 711.

    During the middle age several hundred versions of this statue were created in Europe.

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    Taking a nap when customers are off.

    by MarioPortugal Updated Sep 8, 2006

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    taking a nap (pic's author unknown!)

    There's nothing like a good rest when customers are off.

    Funny. Look closer. Even the dog is tired! :-)

    This photo was sent to me over the Internet by a good friend of mine. The pic's author is unknown !!

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    Costumes

    by solopes Updated Sep 13, 2012

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    There are many religious manifestations in Nazaré, and that's the occasion to the old costumes come out in all their splendour, but not as in the old days. Life is changing to the people of Nazaré, and costumes also change with it. Men in traditional costume is only possible today in folklore groups.

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