Nazare is one of the finest beach cities in Portugal, and is an outstanding destination for a holiday.
The town is situated on a wide bay of golden sands and stands in the shadow of the towering Sítio headland. Historically, this headland provided shelter for the fishing fleet and the boats were moored high up on the sands, safe from the ferocity of the ocean.
Today, fishing has succumbed to tourism, but Nazaré is proud of its heritage, and the town has lost little of its character. Cobbled streets lead from the beachfront, fishermen’s houses have been converted into stylish hotels, and old women still wear traditional dress.
In the summer months, Nazare is a bustling and vibrant holiday destination, which attracts a diversity of nationalities and range of ages.
The nearest airport is the International Lisbon Airport (LIS) 100km along the coast. It is advisable to have your own vehicle to get to know the region.
“This fishing village is breathtaking, especially when viewed from its upper district, Sitio -- accessible via the funicular. The area's legends are interesting. Nazare in the morning was magical. The beach and roads were empty before the start of its daily hustle and bustle. Enjoyed watching the women on the main street as they hoped to rent rooms or sell their handmade treasures. Always smiling and never intrusive. End of June and the Atlantic was too chilly for me. Our square was jumping until the wee hours. Fun.”
“Traditional costumes which is wore by fishermen wives makes a unique feeling for travellers in Nazare. Ocean and the caves around are beatiful. It is nice to enjoy swimming in the ocean. Downtow is cozy and nice. Bet it is very small. New buildings has a poor architecture. There is nothing to do more than for a day if You are not a surfer or You don't like sunbathing.”
“Conveniently located 1 hour from Lisbon and University towns like Leiria and Coimbra, Nazare is turning into the best spot for young adults to take a break from it all. Nazare offers the best nightlife of any beach location outside of Lisbon and offers the best waves for surfing apart from the Algarve making it an ideal vacation spot for surfers. Nazare always stays true to its roots and fishing heritage, which means that it still is the best place around to have affordable fresh fish by the water. The whole trip was amazing, it was my first time to Nazare and I couldnt believe that a surf spot of this quality was this close to the University and Lisbon. I cannot wait to go back and escape to one of the best beaches Portugal has to offer. Sincerely, Stephen ”
“Nazaré is a fishing village north of Lisbon. It is in a beautiful enclave, and the beach is fantastic. The views from the cliffs are just breathtaking. A word of advise, if you're looking for a place to eat, do not stop at the restaurants that are on the main street in front of the beach; rather walk into the town, in the labyrinthine alleys ... there you'll find some real good mom and pop restaurants, with real food at good prices (no overpriced tourist menus). We found a really good restaurant (the tables where on the street!) where we had the best Arroz de Mariscos (Seafood rice). It was supposedly for two, but you could easily feed four!!!! This little town is beautiful, if you get the chance to visit, do so. ”
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