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The 10 best things to do in Nazaré

Despite transitioning from a sleepy fishing village into a seaside resort town on the Costa Prata, Nazaré still retains its maritime heritage. A smattering of attractions reflect its old-world history, which began on the prominent bluff known as O Sítio.

  • O Sítio

    1. O Sítio

    This promontory rises 328 feet above the Atlantic and provides sweeping views of the coast. A column near the chapel marks Vasco da Gama's visit here before his journey to India.

  • Fortress of São Miguel Arcanjo

    2. Fortress of São Miguel Arcanjo

    King Sebastian built this fortress at the edge of O Sítio in 1577, in order to protect the beach from pirates. Its lighthouse from 1903 still guides ships up to 15 miles away.

  • Capela da Memória

    3. Capela da Memória

    Nobleman Fuas Roupinho built this chapel on O Sítio in honor of the Virgin Mary in 1182. He claimed that, while hunting, she stopped his horse from going over the cliff in the fog.

  • Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

    4. Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

    A glass case at the center of the ornate altarpiece holds the small statue of Our Lady of Nazaré. There's also a painting depicting the divine intervention Rupinho experienced.

  • Chapel of St. Anthony

    5. Chapel of St. Anthony

    Finished in 1861, local fisherman gave 1% of their profits to build this small chapel near the beach. The blue-and-white-tiled facade also has a small panel of the saint himself.

  • Igreja da Misericódia

    6. Igreja da Misericódia

    Located in the neighborhood of Pederneira, the church dates to the 17th century and houses canvas paintings plus an image of Our Lady of Mercy in tiles over the interior doorway.

  • Pederneira Lookout Point

    7. Pederneira Lookout Point

    Enjoy a lovely panorama of Nazaré's cityscape of white-washed houses with waves of terracotta rooftops below Mount Sítio. A postcard-perfect setting.

  • 8. Praia

    A swath of golden beach hugs Nazaré's coastline, making it a popular summer destination. To use a colorful beach tent, pay the little old ladies that run the cooperative.

  • Surfing

    9. Surfing

    Coupled with the geography of the ocean floor and prevailing winds, Praia do Norte is the beach for professional surfers to take on massive waves that have risen up to 100 feet.

  • 10. São Martinho do Porto

    This quaint fishing village eight miles south of Nazaré offers a nice beach along its wine-glass-shaped bay – a nice spot to enjoy a dip in the calm waters of this lagoon.

Frequently asked questions about Nazaré

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend on Nazaré?

    Though you can see Nazaré's main sites in a day, why not spend a couple days enjoying the sun, sea and sand for a proper beach holiday?

  • Getting around

    You just need your own two feet to get around Nazaré's beach area, but the convenient and inexpensive funicular to O Sítio runs every 15 minutes until 9:30PM, after which it's every 30 minutes until midnight.

  • Where to stay in Nazaré

    You'll find accommodations not only in Nazaré's bustling beach area, but also in the old town of O Sítio.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    For a proper beach vacation in Nazaré, visit during the summer months of June to early September.

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What people are saying about Nazaré

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,417 reviews

Great tour with the right amount of history and culture blended in with a medieval town and beach area! One of my highlights from trip to LISBON! Tania, our guide, was EXCELLENT! She went out of her way to involve EVERYONE! And she was knowledgeable and went out of her way to ensure that we all had a great time! Super Tour!

This was absolutely fantastic and it was amazing because at Fatima we got to see mask because it was Sunday which I didn’t expect. I would highly recommend doing this to her on a Sunday so that you get the whole experience. The guide was wonderful

It was a lovely day to travel from Lisbon. Tania, our guide was terrific: welcoming to all, friendly, informative with just the right amount of talking points with details. A "just right" amount of time at each location.

Egor, the guide, was brilliant. Gave us lots of information. Went over and above to ensure we had a wonderful day.

Very organised and punctual. The tour guide knew all about the places. Good food.