Nazaré Things to Do

  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare
    Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare
    by HORSCHECK
  • Monument to Vasco da Gama and Memory Chapel
    Monument to Vasco da Gama and Memory...
    by HORSCHECK
  • Nazaré - Portugal
    Nazaré - Portugal
    by solopes

Best Rated Things to Do in Nazaré

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 27, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows
    1 more image

    The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows (Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos) was built in 1760 by the order of the Cistercians monks of Alcobaca.

    The small rectangular building is topped by a little arch with a cross and a bell.

    Like the facade of the Saint Anthony's chapel, also the facade of the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows is completely covered with blue and white tiles (Azulejos).

    Directions:
    The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows is located right at the beach promenade Av. da Republica, somewhere between the square Pr. Sousa Oliveira and the northern end of the town.

    Related to:
    • Trains
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    St. Michael Archangel Fort

    by HORSCHECK Written Feb 27, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    St. Michael Archangel Fort

    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.

    Directions:
    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.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Trains
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare

    by HORSCHECK Written Feb 27, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare
    3 more images

    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.

    Directions:
    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.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    Memory Chapel

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 27, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Memory Chapel (Ermida da Memoria)
    1 more image

    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.

    Directions:
    The Memory Chapel is located near the view point Miradouro de Subereo on the hilltop of Sitio, which is the northernmost district of Nazare.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Trains
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    Saint Anthony chapel

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 27, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Saint Anthony chapel
    1 more image

    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.

    Directions:
    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.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Trains

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Sítio

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Winter strengths
    4 more images

    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.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Enjoy the beach

    by solopes Updated Sep 7, 2012

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Nazar�� - Portugal
    1 more image

    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?

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo

    TURISMO

    by LoriPori Written Jun 10, 2009

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Turismo
    1 more image

    When looking for information about the town of Nazare', one of the first things to do is check out the TURISMO Tourist Information Office. Located right along the boulevard at Avenida Da Rapublica. You will find here information, brochures and if you need to find accommodations in town, they will help you with that too.
    Open 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sept. to June
    10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. July and August

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Wild and free

    by solopes Updated Sep 11, 2012

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    S Pedro de Muel - Portugal

    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.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Rough Sea (Mar Bravo)

    by solopes Updated Oct 11, 2012

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Nazar�� - Portugal
    3 more images

    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?

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • MarioPortugal's Profile Photo

    Amateur Fishing (VII) - Cabeço dos Pocinhos

    by MarioPortugal Updated Aug 2, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    electronic probe
    1 more image

    Finally we made it. After one hour boat ride, we were then 7 miles off the coast and above Cabeço dos Pocinhos, a sea rock formation which its closest point is about 70 metres below sea level.

    If the boat moves a little bit to one of the sides, distance will increase from 70 to 90, 100, and sometimes 200 metres - into a valley !! A valley 200 metres below sea level !!!

    The electronic probe tells us all that and one wonders how things had had been in the past without access to these modern technologies. How come in the past fisherman without access to an electronic probe used to find their way to this particular point, Cabeço dos Pocinhos, right in the middle of the open sea ?? - How the hell did fisherman generations back manage to find their way here ??

    Simple, I was told. Mestre António José explained to me.

    Past generations of fishermen have actually mapped the whole fishing sea area of Nazaré.

    Their probes of the past were very rustic. Those consisted of large pieces of lead with animal grease at the bottom and then knotted to a rope. The lead pieces were tossed into the sea, left going down, and then brought up to the boat. The marks left on the grease would tell fishermen what was underneath them, rock or sand, and the length of the rope would measure the distance of whatever was underneath them. Simple, right ?? [Hopefully my english has worked here]. Anyway, while mapping during those old times the boat would then have to make stops every few minutes for, once again, send the lead-&-grease probe down and pull it back.

    To mark any specific point on the sea, fishermen would then look inland and memorize several crossing points of the coast. Once market and memorized that way, it would then be easier to get back to any specific sea point like this one we were at, Cabeço dos Pocinhos - a rock formation which its highest point is about 70 metres below sea level.

    Related to:
    • Fishing

    Was this review helpful?

  • MarioPortugal's Profile Photo

    Amateur Fishing (I) - Introduction

    by MarioPortugal Updated Aug 1, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    amateur fishermen
    1 more image

    For years now several friends of mine, my neighbors from Turquel, have been doing amateur fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The preferred locations for their fishing have been nearby the Berlengas Islands, right off Peniche sea port, and more recently the coast off Nazaré, 24 km (15 miles) away from Turquel.

    I must confess I've grown up listening stories on their fishing, from time to time, in Turquel at local coffee shops. I've had then decided that some day I would be happy to join these people, amateurs, just for the experience sake. That day came on Saturday, July 29, 2006.

    On that July 29, the Turquel's 10-people amateur fisherman group got together in Nazaré at 6pm, to met the 2-man crew of "Mola = Mola" fishing-boat for an evening fishing journey.

    The people pictured on this tip are (from left to right):
    » José António Mateus.
    » Pedro Abrantes.
    » Mário Ferreira (myself showing off a fishing rod).
    » Nelson Carvalho.
    » Henrique Abrantes.
    » Maciel Vicente.
    » Luis (Brasil).
    » Alexandre Duarte.
    » José Manuel Duarte.
    » and João Moreira.

    There are quite several other amateur fishermen in Turquel but on this particular day only those aforementioned ones were available for the journey.

    Related to:
    • Fishing

    Was this review helpful?

  • MarioPortugal's Profile Photo

    Amateur Fishing (VI) - The two-man Crew

    by MarioPortugal Updated Aug 1, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Mestre Ant��nio Jos�� & Ant��nio Murra��as
    1 more image

    Left on the picture is Mestre Mr. António José, 54, the master, and right on the picture is Mr António Murraças, 64. Together they make the two-man crew team.

    They were both born & raised in Nazaré.

    They are related cousins between themselves and one curiosity is that they both share the very same first & last name !!. Theirs first is António and theirs last is Murraças.

    They both are professional fishermen but for the weekends they are happy to rent their fishing-boat to fishing amateurs like the ones doing this Saturday, July 29, journey. :)

    Mestre António José told me he has been fishing since the age of 14. Nowadays he has one other boat for professional fishing only that has capacity for 8 men maximum.

    He (Mestre António José) fishes sardines (sardinhas) and small saurels (carapaus) all year long.

    During the months of July until December sardines are sold at the nearby markets. This period is when sardines are "fat" and tasty. From January until June sardines are usually not tasty but they do keep fishing it to supply the factories [I guess for the production of canned-sardines and also sardine powder (!?)].

    Related to:
    • Fishing

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    The long walk

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Nazar�� - Portugal

    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!

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Kids Tide

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Nazar�� - Portugal
    1 more image

    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.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Nazaré

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

88 travelers online now

Comments

Nazaré Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Nazaré things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Nazaré sightseeing.

View all Nazaré hotels