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
Snaking through the narrow streets of the historic center of Nazareth, make sure to run into this r…
Portuguese, Spanish, Vegetarian
It started as a tapas bar, but soon expanded the menu and went on to serve more elaborate dishes. G…
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A classic space with a terrace and sea views. It features typical dishes.
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant with a regional and historic decor, whose menu is mostly of fish and shellfish dishes.
Mediterranean, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant that specializes in fish and shellfish, located in the main square of Nazaré.
What to do in Nazaré
Forte de São Miguel Arcanjo
At the end of the Promontory, overlooking the North Beach, Sebastian ordered the construction of the fortress of s. Miguel in 1577, in order to defend the pirates ' Cove, rebuilt later by order of Philip II in 1600. The stroke that today presents was commissioned by King John IV, at the time of the restoration of the monarchy. Triangular …
Ascensor da Nazaré
An elevator that connects the lowest part of Nazaré to the Sítio place, in a total of 318 metres. It was inaugurated in 1889. In 1963, after a serious accident, it stopped working for several years and started functioning again in 1968. Already in the 21st century, the wagons were renewed for the commodity and safety of the over one …
Praia da Nazaré
A very touristy beach, located in a lovely bay and surrounded by amazing cliffs, with a panoramic elevator. Every Saturday, from May to June there are xávega art performances. There are climibing, soccer and volleyball torunaments there on a regular basis. There are several typical quality restaurants.
Museu de Arte Sacra Reitor Luís Nési
A museum inaugurated on July 7, 1996, on th right part of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré, in the old House of Despacho. It exhibits religious objects that come mostly from donations of the faithful of Our Lady …
Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso
Exhibitions of old curiosities, such as medals, coins, photographs, paintings and clothes from Nazaré. It includes objects from the Paleolithic to our century that picture, mostly, the lives of the fishermen and women.
Lagoa de Valado de Frades
A small lagoon in the dense pine woods of Leiria, by Valado dos Frades. A little known refuge where one may cool down in perfect peace.
Igreja de São Gião
This temple has a contestable origin, since the authors characterise it as Visigoth, built on the 7th century. While some consider it as a 19th century construction, because they say it is influenced by the Mozarabs.
Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré
In 1377, King Ferdinand ordered the construction of the first church to house the sacred image, and give shelter to the large number of pilgrims visiting the Senhora da Nazaré, being expanded and furthered in the reigns of King John …
Miradouro do Forte São Miguel Arcanjo
A belvedere located in the extremity of the Promontório do Sítio, that falls abruptly to the sea, where one finds the Fortress of São Miguel Arcanjo, whose construction was ordered by Dom Sebastião, in 1577, for the defense of the …
Canhão da Nazaré
The submarine Valley known as Cannon or Cana da Nazaré is the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Cutting the continental shelf with a direction of EW, sensibly, extends for more than 170 km in …
The Norpark is located by the Praia do Norte (North Beach), in Nazaré, with many activities and aquatic diversions. Slides, a giant jacuzzi, an olympic pool, a hydrogymnastics pool, a children's pool, all that in a park with 30 thousand …
Casa Museu do Pescador
House-Museum dedicated to the angler's Nazareth, inaugurated in December 11, 1999, resulting from the private initiative of a Nazarene lover traditions of his homeland. Represents the exterior and the interior of a typical home of a family of fisherman and …
Where to sleep in Nazaré
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…
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…
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…
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 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
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…
Its privileged location-between the coast and the interior and between North and South, between Coimbra and Leiria and roughly halfway between Porto …