The wooden fishing boats still used today are colourful and narrow with curved prows and decoration evocative of the first fishermen of the area; the Phoenicians, who settled here in pre-Christian times. On some prows you’ll even still see a watchful eye painted – in theory to detect the two most important things to a fisherman; shoals and storms – and many dangle lamps for fishing after sunset. The Casa Museu do Pescador (R. Sousa Lobo) is a small museum dedicated to the fishing population of Nazaré. Contained within a traditional cottage, it has been lovingly restored to show the exterior and interior of the home of a typical fishing family for the early part of the 20th century.
Nazaré is split into three main districts – Praia (meaning beach), Pederneira and Sitio. Located on a rocky promontory over 100m above the main part of the town, Sitio provides wonderful views over the bay and beach of Nazaré, and from here the walker can continue northward along the stretches of beach where the Atlantic regularly pounds creating ideal conditions for many a shore fisher to cast a line. Although this mainly residential part of Nazaré is accessible by car, by far more interesting is the funicular carriage which takes passengers up the sharp slope for a small fee. A winding path also exists but is perhaps more appealing on the way down! Once at the top, besides the views one finds a large church and also a small chapel clinging to the edge of the sheer drop, the Ermida da Memória, whose origins are closely connected to the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary.
photo: Mauricio Abreu
Nazare bed and breakfasts
Along the seafront of Nazaré, people still dry their catch of fish in the sun and mend their boats alongside sunbathing holidaymakers and playful children enjoying the many attributes of the beach. A throng of craftshops and cafes stretches the length of the Avenida Marginal, as well as restaurants serving a great variety of the local speciality, which is of course fish. Caldeirada à Nazarena is a rich fish-based stew typical of the area, and fresh ingredients feature strongly on menus often offering the ‘catch of the day’.
Around 8km to the south is the beach of São Martinho do Porto. Situated in an almost closed circular bay, this beautiful and unspoilt beach is very popular among families with small children because the Atlantic is less ferocious here and the average temperature of the water tends to be higher than elsewhere.
- Hotel Maré (from €35.20)
In Nazaré the most typical village of Portugal right in the centre and two steps away from the beach is located the Hotel Maré.Modern and functional three-star Hotel magnificently located offers to
- Hotel Miramar (from €88.00)
Located by one of the most beautiful beaches of Portugal Nazaré is an ideal holiday destination. Near Pederneira the hotel offers views of the sea and across Nazaré. Enjoy these views from the rooms
- Hotel Miramar Sul (from €88.00)
Combining contemporary design with traditional Portuguese hospitality this hotel is located in the village of Nazaré and guarantees stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Ideal for those seeking the u
- Mina Do Azeiche 50249 (from €847.00)
Luxury apartment in condominium, enjoying a breathtaking sea view, 11 Km north from NazarÃ©, 300 m from the beach (private access), located between the beaches of Paredes de VitÃ³ria (900 m) and V
- NazarÃ© Apartment (from €250.00)
New apartment close by the beach, food market and night clubs.
Full furniture and accommodation needs.
Barbecue with awesome view to NazarÃ©s Beach and vegetation around.
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