Nazaré Travel Guide

  • Nazare's North Beach
    Nazare's North Beach
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  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare
    Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare
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  • Monument to Vasco da Gama and Memory Chapel
    Monument to Vasco da Gama and Memory...
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Nazaré Things to Do

  • The long walk

    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!

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  • Rough Sea (Mar Bravo)

    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...

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  • Enjoy the beach

    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...

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  • Sanctuary of Nazaré

    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...

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  • Saint Anthony chapel

    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.

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  • Lighthouse

    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,...

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Nazaré Hotels

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  • Hotel Miramar Sul

    Rua Caminho Real, Pederneira, Nazare, 2450-060, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Mar Bravo Hotel

    Praca Sousa Oliveira 71, Nazare, Estremadura, 2450-159, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Miramar

    I didn't stay in this hotel (25 minutes from home), but a couple of VT friends did, and we met...

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Nazaré Restaurants

  • Disappointed

    This restaurant was suggested as one of the best places to eat sardines. As a matter of fact, I didn't appreciate it much: the only time we went there we arrived late, after many costumers and, maybe because we caught the last sardines, maybe because people was exhausted, things didn't work well. Maybe in a next visit, but, with so many good...

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  • Pricy

    Maresia is the Portuguese word to define the salty and wet breeze that comes from the sea. Maresia is also the name of a well placed restaurant, facing the sea.For several decades I never was temped to try it, but it happened recently.Well, it conformed my expectations - it is a regular restaurant that bets in location to charge in excess.I had a...

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  • Popular and good

    For several days I was telling Fernanda that we should go somewhere (Nazaré of course) and eat sardines. It happened yesterday, but, for our surprise, there were not many places to do it with the desired quality. Someone advised us to try a restaurant in Sítio, which was closed. We decided to try the esplanade of Fonte Mar, where the displayed...

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Nazaré Transportation

  • Furnicular (Ascensor)

    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...

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  • the elevator

    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,...

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  • 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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Nazaré Shopping

  • Typical performance

    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...

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  • Fresh snacks above Nazare

    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.

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  • Nazare Municipal Market

    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.Directions:The Nazare Municipal Market is located in the very city...

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Nazaré Local Customs

  • Religion

    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...

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  • Drying Fish

    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...

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  • Lota

    "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,...

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Nazaré Warnings and Dangers

  • Check your bills

    I love Nazare. That's why I'm always available to forgive everything. But sometimes it's too much, even for me. In May 1st, Fernanda and I went to have lunch in Nazare. She wished to eat "cataplana", so we checked "A Taberna da Adelia" where we once saw a beautiful cataplana. Very popular (see my other tips) the line of people waiting was enormous....

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  • Summer crowds

    Bathing, circulating or only staying under the sun is complicated in summer days. The beach has always many resident dwellers from July to mid September, but in Sundays and holidays it may become a nightmare. That would be the best time to try the nearby wild beaches (tricky parking) or to explore inland the wonders that surround Nazaré.

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  • CAR BROKEN INTO ON BEACH

    Decided to stop off and see the ocean one last time. Ended up finding a stretch of beach just outside of village (where horse stables are located). When we arrived to area only one car was parked with a mid-twenties gentlemen inside. We parked and decided to walk about 50 yards to ocean. We decided to leave our bags in front floor board (I know...

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Nazaré Tourist Traps

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    S Gião Church

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    South of Nazaré a sign indicates this Visigoth church from the 7th century, and very ruined after a long use as... hayloft. Unless you like to see wonderful cabbages... don't go.

    The ruined church is being recuperated, it is covered by a metallic structure, and, after a very bad path, the access is blocked. Wait for the reopening!

    I read that it still waiting, and... degrading.

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Nazaré What to Pack

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    Free brochures from the Tourist...

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    Miscellaneous: Nazare has a small Tourist Information Office (Posto de Tourismo), which provides a few useful free brochures and maps of Nazare and the surrounding region.

    It is open every day, but the opening hours depend on the season of the year. Outside of the high season (July, August) the office is closed for lunch from 13:00 h until 14:30 h.

    Directions:
    Nazare's Tourist Information Office can be found in the street Avenida da Republica 17, right at the beach front near the sqaure Pc. Sousa Oliveira.

    Address: Tourist Office, Avenida da Republica 17, 2450 Nazare

    Website: http://www.cm-nazare.pt/

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Nazaré Off The Beaten Path

  • North Beach

    The beach to the north of Sítio is wide and wild. Excellent for those who want to stay away from the crowds, it has the drawback of a dangerous sea, not advisable to swim, even in summer. However, nature dominates the area. Allow me to replace my poor pictures by the awesome work of Tó Mané, the lucky and skilled guy who caught Garrett Mcnamara...

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  • Pederneira

    Easy to access from the road to Alcobaça, Pederneira, the old village (and, despite seeming so high, the old port), keeps the flavour of the old days, and challenges Sitio as the best sightseeing spot (Sitio is awesome, but we can't see Sítio from there). Pederneira is an excellent spot to take a photo from a different angle, and, since you are...

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  • The Lift

    Parking in Nazaré is a nightmare. Finding a place in a restaurant in August is an adventure. There's an old trick that keeps working: Go up to Sítio, where parking is not so difficult and the restaurants are not so crowded. If you decide to go to the beach, n 5 minutes of descent you're in the middle of everything. And so,you may appreciate one of...

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Nazaré Sports & Outdoors

  • Beach sports

    The surf is usually strong but the thousands of dwellers "send" surfers away to less populated areas like Baleal or Peniche. Anyway, a few people keep practicing surf and windsurf, specially out of peak season. And, remember, this is the place where McNamara surfed the biggest waves in the world

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  • Women's local games

    The women of Nazaré, in holidays, use to play a specific game whose rules are know only by them. No man is allowed, and expansive as only they can be, they easily dominate the streets, under the curiosity of visitors. The true Nazaré easily comes to surface when they disagree with the interpretation of the rules: the show becomes dramatically fun.

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Nazaré Favorites

  • New Look

    For many, many years I didn't go up to Pederneira. When I did recently, I was surprised by the excellent recovering work that has been done there. Once the main population centre of Nazaré, this quarter keeps all the ambiance of the past, and it is a good walking trip to combine with the use of the beach.

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  • Peixeira

    The traditional social organization of Nazaré reserves to women a fundamental role: while the men are at the sea, women rule life, taking care not only of the house - traditional woman's role - but also of business. The "peixeira" (fishing seller) became not only a profession, but a status. And it's really funny to appreciate the "peixeira"'s...

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  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazare

    Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazare, is located on the hill high above the town of Nazare. There is a funicular that does go up and can be found near the waterfront. We did not go in since the church was closed when we visited.

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