NazaréThe town is situated on a wide bay of golden sands and stands in the shadow of the towering Sítio headland. In the summer months, Nazare is a bustling and vibrant holiday destination, and the winter draws a wholly different type of tourist, daredevil surfers, who come to surf the colossal waves that break off the Praia do Norte beach. Nazaré has a single massive beach, the Praia da Nazaré, which extends for 1.5km from the Sítio headland in the north to the fishing harbour in the south. The beach has soft golden sands and is of a very high standard, but the sea waters are shockingly cold, reaching only 18C in the summer. In the peak months the beach is supervised by lifeguards, but care must always be taken as there can be powerful currents and waves. The beach has a host of water activities, including stand up paddle boards, kayaks and jet-skis (hired from the harbour).
Highlights for a day trip to Nazaré
- The spectacular view from the Miradouro do Suberco
- The Sao Miguel Arcanjo Fort, a homage to the extreme surfing at the Praia do Norte
- The Igreja Nossa Senhora da Nazaré church and its unique statue of Mary
- Dining on freshly caught fish, in a restaurant that overlooks the ocean
- Strolling along the Avenida da Republica, the beach promenade of Nazaré