Quaint historic city centre; panoramic views from Sitio.
Expensive and overcrowded in summer
Nazaré, one place you do NOT want to miss!
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.more
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...more
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!more
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...more
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.more
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...more
Praca Sousa Oliveira 71, Nazare, Estremadura, 2450-159, Portugal
Good for: Business
I didn't stay in this hotel (25 minutes from home), but a couple of VT friends did, and we met...more
Rua Mouzinho de Albuquerque 8, Nazare, Estremadura, Portugal
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
"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,...more
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....more
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...more
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.more
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!
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.
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
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 Garret MacNamara...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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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.more
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 women's role - but also of business. The "peixeira" (fishing seeller) became not only a profession, but a status. And it's really funny to appreciate the peixeira's...more