Open in 1996 in the right wing of the monastery, this museum is used to display the offerings of the religious population for centuries made to the temple.
Open from 10 AM to 7 PM in summer and 6 PM in winter. Entrance 1 €, with 50% discount to children and groups.
A small display is now available as you leave the church, but I had no time to check if it allows the entrance to the museum, or it is just a sort of advertising.
One of the unbeatable pleasures of Nazaré is, when low tide happens by sunset, a walk up and down the beach.
The colours, the sounds and the smells of the sea, when the agitation and noise of the crowds are leaving, is relaxing and a good end of the day.
Some other prefer the early morning... not for me!
It's kind of a spectacle, the waves striking the shoreline in the summer. One has to be careful, because the currents are very dangerous those days, but the comic incidents in and around the tents compensate the impossibility of bathing. And, if you pay attention, you will see some locals walking up and down along the beach, searching the garbage brought by the waves.
They say that, sometimes, even golden rings and necklaces come ashore. I've seen them quite often, but never saw a lucky one. Nor even my marriage ring stolen by a wave in Algarve...
One day, I was surprised by a red flag with a normal surf. I couldn't believe it, until knowing the reason - jellyfish. For the first time in my whole life (and last, till now)... jellyfish in Nazaré!
What are we doing to climate?
The coast north of the Sitio is wild, only punctuated by some small spots where access to the shoreline is easier.
Dangerous to swim the coast between Nazare and S Pedro de Muel, is a Paradise for those who just want to feel the sun and nature, away from it all.
Here and there, the landscape is very attractive.
It's a pity, the low temperature of the water, because the beach is really appealing.
The sand is white, thin and soft, the surf is regular, the landscape marvels, protecting against the winds. And before June, when the beach is still free from the summer barracks, the sense of freedom is total.
I remember, about 50 years ago, to check the water temperature, usually from 12(!) to 15 degrees Celsius. Nowadays, 18 is common, and this week it reachd 21. What is happening to this world?
An unknown small fishing harbour got its entrance in history (and later in tourism) in the 12th century, when a noble man hunting near the cliffs almost felt to death.
A legend was born, starting a new religious devotion, pictured in everything concerning Nazaré. A church was built in the 14th century getting its final look in the 17th. It's not a big church, but its harmony and the signs of the strong religiosity of the local people justifies an easy visit in your mandatory stop in Sitio.
Climbing to the Sítio", by car or taking the lift, is mandatory (I did it twice on foot, and... survived!). The sights are awesome, and history is there.
In summer, when parking in the beach is a nightmare, a good solution followed by some "experts" is parking in Sitio, and descending to the beach using the lift.
Centrally located and facing the beach, this chapel was built by the fishermen 150 ago. It is used as the best alternative place to religious ceremonies, though, in summer, it turns too small.
The only interesting detail is the facade, all in tiles, and with a panel representing the saint.
Dominating the sea, at the end of the promontory, there's an old fort, where hundred years ago it was installed the lighthouse.
The military purposes of the forth, almost 500 years old, are easily verified in its strong construction that the several wars and the persistent strong surf hitting below couldn't defeat.
Yet! The area became dangerous, and descending to the rocks is not advisable.
It's a pleasure to visit Pederneira, the old quarters atop the southern hills.
Great recovering works embellished he area, and now the views over the beach are not any more the only reason to go there. The square by the sightseeing point is dominated by Misericordia church, a mannerist small temple with tiles from the 16Th century and gilded altars.
Low tides in Nazaré are a gorgeous time of freedom and imagination for kids.
The thin and clean sand becomes a kids park, where, sometimes, the water comes gently to test their buildings' strength, until the final flooding (and laughing bath). At sunset the colours get warmer and invite all the amateur photographers.
The construction of the Saint Anthony Chapel was financed by the local fishermen of Nazare. The chapel was finished in 1861.
The main facade is completely covered with the typical Portuguese blue and white tiles (Azulejos).
A picture of the church's patron, Saint Anthony, can be seen on the right side of the facede, just between the entrance door and the rosette style window.
The Chapel of St. Anthony can be found in the street Rua Santo Antonio. It overlooks the beach at the the northern end of Nazare.
The St. Michael Archangel Fort (Forte de S. Miguel Arcanjo) is a fine example of an ancient coastal defence building.
Its history dates back to 1577 when it was built by the orders of King Sebastian.
The purpose of the fort was to protect the coast line from attacks of Algerian, Moroccan and Norman pirates.
In 1903 the fort was extended by a lighthouse (Farol), which can be seen from afar.
The St. Michael Archangel Fort is located at the northern end of Sitio, about 400 metres from the view point Miradouro de Subereo. Sitio is the northernmost district of Nazare.
The Memory Chapel (Ermida da Memoria) stands on the place where a miracle happened to the nobleman Dom Fuas Roupinho, governor of Castelo de Porto de Mos in 1182.
According to a legend the Virgin of Nazare saved his life, by preventing his horse from jumping over the edge of the cliffs.
The story is shown on a tile panel on the backside of the chapel.
The Memory Chapel is located near the view point Miradouro de Subereo on the hilltop of Sitio, which is the northernmost district of Nazare.
The history of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare (Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Nazare) dates back to 1377, when an early church was built on the spot of the sanctuary.
Over the centuries the church was increased in size and richly decorated with Portuguese tiles.
Nowadays the sanctuary is dominated by two Baroque bell towers and a covered arcade which leads around the building.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare is situated on the hilltop of Sitio, which is the northernmost district of Nazare. It stands at the square Largo Nossa Senhora da Nazare.