There is a furnicular in Nazaré that connects the top of Sítio with the bottom of it in the central area. Originally established in 1889 to accomodate the townspeople on shortening their walking distance with much less time, the new (and current) cars were adopted in 2002. Two blue cars operate every 30 minutes or so both ways; this is the most convinient and fastest way of going between the two main sightseeing points of the town. Both tourists and people who live there use this furnicular alike. Unless you have a special transportation pass as a resident, you need to purchase the ticket every time you use it. The ticket costs no more than 1.5 euros.
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it's better to go to Nazaré by car. once there, try the elevator to go from the hight part, the Sítio, to the lower part, the beach.
Este meio de transporte foi construído em 1889. Era, inicialmente, movido a vapor por uma máquina colocada no Sítio, assente em rocha viva nas penedias do alto do Promontório, aí abria-se um túnel de 50 metros, percorrendo uma extensão de 318 m.
Explore Nazare on foot
With a bit less than 15.000 inhabitants, Nazare is still small enough to be explored on foot.
It consist of three districts of which two (Sítio and Pederneira) are located on hilltops.
These can be reached on scenic hikes within about 40 minutes from the beach front (Praia) in teh city centre.
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Explore Nazare by bus
There is usually a funicular connection between Nazare and the district of Sitio, which is situated on top of the cliffs at the northern end of Nazare.
Unfortunately, this funicular was closed due to maintenance works during our visit.
Instead of the funicular the route was served by a local bus, which left near the Tourist Information Office.
A single ticket cost 0,90 Euro and could be bought directly from the driver.
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To Nazare by bus
We arrived in Nazare by bus from Porto and left the city also by bus to Lisbon. Apart from that we took a daytrip from Nazare to Peniche by bus.
Nazare's bus station can be found in the street Av. Viera Guimaraes, right in the heart of the city centre.
From here most bigger cities of Portugal can be reached, e.g. Porto (10x, 3,5 h, 14,20 Euro), Lisbon (10x, 1 h 50 min, 9,50 Euro) and Peniche (3x, 1 h 10 min, 8,50 Euro).
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VT TOUR BUS TO NAZARE'
Monday morning June 1, began veeeery early - like 5:00 a.m. as we were to get our tour bus at the SAS Radisson, near Campo Grande Metro Station in Lisbon for 8:30 a.m. and most of us were staying in Cascais. Our large group that was staying at Albergaria Valbom headed for the train station around 6:00 a.m. Most had to buy tickets (1.70 Euro) for the 6:30 train to Lisbon. When we arrived at Cais do Sodre Train station, we then headed for the Metro ( Green Line ) to take us to Campo Grande. We arrived in good time around 8:00 a.m. - even were there before Antonio. After we all availed ourselved of the washrooms in the SAS Radisson, we all piled into the big blue bus and we were on our way.
Our first stop was Batalha Monastery. Then the CrisForm glass-blowing factory in Marinha Grande, where we had a wonderful glass-blowing demonstration and then it was on to Nazare' for lunch at Restaurante Sao Miguel. After lunch it was on to Alcobaca Monastery and finally Obidos.
The bus driver got us back to Lisbon at the SAS Radisson. From there we got to the Metro (Green Line) to Cais do Sodre train station and finally headed back to Cascais. A long day but absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much Antonio and Avelino. It was fantastic.
By Car: How Far/How Long...?
Some road distances to Nazaré from:
- Lisbon: 138 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 658 kms.
- Amsterdam (Holland): 2.208 kms.
- Athens (Greece): 4.224 kms.
If you check the site, you will find more road distances together with driving times and the best routes.
Take the funicular
The funicular is the easiest way to move between the upper and lower sections of town. I must confess that the kid in me always enjoys these modes of transport that are different from what we have at home. This one has been updated, but was built in 1889 by a disciple of Eiffel. Rides are less than one Euro each way and run about every 5 minutes throughout the day in the high season and every 15 minutes other times.
Take the Ascensor up to Sitio da Nazaré
Take the Ascensor da Nazaré (or the Elevador as local people call it) up to Sitio. Not only it makes a great ride up, but it is also the best short-cut for Sitio da Nazaré, the village located on the top of the hill.
The Ascensor has been moving people up-and-down for 117 years now. Its first ride was in the year of 1889.
Nowadays the Ascensor is served by two modern wagons and it is a pretty safe transportation, the best to go up (or down) the hill.
I've been told that the train-wagon that goes down assists the other wagon that goes up !! Even though I'm not an "expert engineer" here, I should say that this makes sense to me.
The Ascensor makes a fun ride anyway :-)
» adult: 0.80 euro cents per ride.
» children: 0.35 euro cents per ride.
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From Nazare up the cliff to Promontorio do Sito there is thankfully a Funicular railway. (~_~)
It is called the Elevator, during the season it operates between 7am and 1am. Other times of the year it finished at midnight.
The elevator leaves from Rua do Elevator, on the northen side of the beach.
In the photo you can see the funicular line on the cliffside
Inaugurated on 28 July 1.889, this funicular takes you in a few minutes from O Sitio to the beach (and the other way round).
NAZARE' FUNICULAR RAILWAY
Built in 1899, the FUNICULARbrings you from the Sitio down to the seashore or seashore up to the Sitio. The railway runs 110 metres or 360 feet up the steep hill.
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