Nazare has a large covered Municipal Market (Mercado Municipal), which is well worth a visit, even if you are not interested in buying anything.
Here fresh fish, vegetables, fruits and other groceries as well as all sorts of non-food articles are available from the market stalls.
The Nazare Municipal Market is located in the very city centre of the town, just opposite to the main bus station.
Address: Mercado Municipal, Av. Vieira Guimaraes, 2450 Nazare
Antonio had to physically pull me away from the STREET VENDORS. There was so much neat stuff, all spread out along the square - beautiful and colourful pottery, blue tiles pictures, sea shells, dolls dressed in traditional costume, brightly coloured table cloths, Portuguese roosters (symbol of Portugal), and just on and on.
One Vendor was selling peanuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts and dried apricots.
Prices seemed reasonable too. Too bad we didn't have the time to really browse.
Conchanata opened its doors in 1981 (25 years ago) and, since then, Ms Justina has been selling ice cream treats to Nazaré's Tourists.
If I do recall it correctly, personally I've been a customer of this Ice Cream Shop for over 20 years now !!.
Conchanata is always on my "places-to-go" anytime I go visit Nazaré. Yummy !!!
Ice Creams are available on 30 flavours. 3 of these are permanent, all others rotate daily since only 18 out of the 30 flavors are available at once.
What to buy: Ice Cream.
What to pay: Prices:
One scoop: 1 Euro.
Two scoops: 1.8 Euro.
Three scoops: 2.5 Euros.
All year round, in the main avenue, facing the sea, it's possible to see several women in traditional costumes selling... everything.
If you want to buy anything, for a good price, that should be your last option, because they are there to take advantage of tourists.
However, if you don't mind paying a little bit more to live the experience of bargaining with those experts, and to get a picture with someone typically dressed, then you may approach, and, for sure, as long as they understand that you are going to buy, they will become the nicest and funniest persons in the world.
If you take the funicular up to the town on the cliff above Nazare you will find a small area near the cliffside and church which has a number of women selling local homemade foodstuffs (as you see in the photo).
From nuts to snails and seashells, take a look and try some of them out, if they are fresh they are delicious.
If you take the funicular up to Sitio and walk along the overlook wall at the top towards the right (heading towards the ocean) you come to steps leading back down to the main square. Right at the top of the steps is a shop where the man makes little Nazare boats at a very reasonable price.
Our boys keep these on their bedroom shelves as a reminder of the trip and love to show them off to guests.
What to pay: The boats we bought were 8 euros each.