Nazaré

It can be said that Nazaré, and the settlement of the promontory that gave rise to it (Sítio), was born of the conditions and the religious sentiment sparked by the miracle of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré (Our Lady of Nazaré), based on an image of the Virgin from Nazaré in Palestine. Due to its difficult access, this settlement only begun truly developing from the mid-17th century onward, after the Ascensor's installation in 1889. This lift, which connects Sítio to the beach, originated an increase of the local population, which was already very visited by palmers and pilgrims. Although there are references to fishing in Nazaré in 1643, it was only in the beginning of the 19th century that the population started to settle in the sands, giving rise to an expanding housing cluster. In the middle of that century Nazaré was already known and highly sought after as a bathing beach, attracting many visitors for its natural beauty and typicality. Fishing and its related arts were the main activities of the population throughout most of the 20th century, although the hardness of the sea life made many local fishermen depart. The construction of the Porto de Pesca e Recreio (Fishing and Recreational Port) in the eighties came to reverse this situation, giving another boost to the region. Meanwhile, tourism came to discover the charm of the municipality, which began to be known internationally and being nowadays annually visited by thousands of tourists. The entire region shares an authentic and particular way of life, where memories and traditions are not lost, making it into a sought-after destination. To this is added the undeniable beauty of the county's natural heritage. The special highlight goes to the beaches, the Serra da Pescaria, the Monte de São Bartolomeu, the Lagoa de Valado de Frades, the Jardim da Pedralva, the Duna da Aguieira, the Canhão da Nazaré, the Promontório on which rests Sítio and the Forte de São Miguel Arcanjo, which lookout offers breathtaking views to land and sea, as well as the viewpoint of Suberco, 110 meters above Nazaré beach. It is also important to mention the tasty gastronomy of the region based on fresh fish and seafood, grilled over coals or cooked in a typical Caldeirada à Nazarena, or the characteristic and traditional dried fish. Of course, the way of life of these people is also reflected in the crafts, with the miniatures of boats or Nazarena-style dolls, the pottery and porcelain of Valado dos Frades or the Famalicão baskets, as well as in folklore, which lyrics and music reflect the strong connection of the people with the sea and the fishing, and in nazarenes' typical costume.

Where to eat in Nazaré

What to do in Nazaré

Where to sleep in Nazaré

Hotel Miramar Sul
Hotel Miramar Sul

4 star

Luxury hotel, located in a privileged area, just 900 metres from the beach. Offers a total of 62 rooms, all with views of the sea, of which nine suites and two…

Hotel Magic
Hotel Magic

3 star

The Hotel Magic-Art Hotel is a different space in Nazareth. Its contemporary character, evident in the decoration of 17 themed rooms, combines art, culture and…

Hotel Praia
Hotel Praia

4 star

Situated in the beautiful village of Nazareth, this hotel offers 80 comfortable rooms with balcony, which offers a beautiful panoramic view. It also has a rest…

Near Nazaré

Pedrógão Grande

Pedrógão Grande


Located in the extreme northwest of the District of Leiria, Pedrógão Grande County is inserted in the area of the Northern pine forest, considered th…

Ansião

Ansião


Ansião is a small village in the district of Leiria with about 2500 inhabitants and it is the seat of a municipality that, with around 14,000 people …

Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha


This is one of the urban centers of Oeste region that met one of the greatest developments in recent decades, logging more than 50 thousand inhabitan…

Pombal

Pombal


Its privileged location-between the coast and the interior and between North and South, between Coimbra and Leiria and roughly halfway between Porto …