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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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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


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.


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.

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.

Planning Your Nazaré 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.

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  • 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

Beautiful country, stunning landscapes and a great guide, Duarte

Why it was a great trip? We booked this tour - instant confirmation on GYG. We called the local operator - Reservas e Partidas - and found a very reliable guy, Duarte Azevedo Monteiro, who turned to be our guide. He confirmed the booking immediately; very punctual next day, knowledgeable, friendly, a safe driver and a very good English speaker. Fatima was impressive, Nazare pleasant, Batalha - peaceful and Obidos superb. During the day we discovered a beautiful country, stunning landscapes, nice people, good food and wine, funny and romantic stories, historical facts. Overall, a perfect day. Again, a big thanks to Duarte from his Romanian friends!

Nazare & Obidos are much valuable to visit again.

I suggested to cancel visiting Fatima and replaced the enough time to visiting Nazare & Obidos. There are much beautiful for us to spend more time to visiting. More, I understood that GYG has been offered our order to a local tour guide company. However, please review the performance of the company anytime. This is because I found that my tour guide to be done a driver work only. He has only drop on & off to the sightseeing place with a route direction to find the place only. He didn't to talk more information or history of the building. We could be only walk around the building and took some photos. And then, we went back to the meeting point on time. Afterwards, the guide looked like to day off his job early and pushed us to leave the final destination earlier. Referring of our tour, we will have 10 hours trip, however, we have used 9 hours to finish the day trip and back to Lisbon before 18:00 (original should be 19:00). So that, this trip gave us was hurry, rush & busy.

Fabulous tour, great guide, excellent lunch. Recommended!

We were thrilled with this tour. The guide, Ana, was friendly and knowledgable - and able to give the tour in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German! We had an efficient yet relaxed pace. The bus was new and comfortable, with good temperature control. Many of us had read an earlier review about the lunch being of poor quality, and so we had low expectations. However, the restaurant was lovely with excellent service and food. We were given bread and fresh cheese to start, a rich vegetable-noodle soup, AMAZING hake fish with vegetables and salad, and a wonderful tiramisu-like dessert with water, wine and coffee. Every dish was delicious. We enjoyed the other people in our group. We did get back to Lisbon a bit later than expected, but no one seemed to mind. We would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to see a lot in a relatively short time (10-11 hours). Thanks again for a great day!
Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Kimberley, 06/25/2016

Excellent and Professional Service that is dedicated to your desires

Joel who spoke excellent English designed a great alternative tour when it became obvious that my wife and I were not comfortable with the crowds we encountered. I had originally designed a tour with two stops at some distance apart. Our first venue was quiet and peaceful, a delight for us. Due to a national holiday, the second venue was very congested. Joel had warned us that it would be, but I did not want to hear the message. When it became apparent that Joel was correct, I asked for a recommendation that would be more to our liking. He, on the spot, arranged a great venue including food (lunch overlooking the beach) that be came the highlight of our tour. When we have the opportunity to get back to Lisbon, we will use him again.
Private Full-Day Tailored Tours from Lisbon Reviewed by Robert, 04/26/2016

Very friendly guide with an extensive knowledge

Maria is an absolutely great person for sharing her knowledge and get tourists familiar with the Portuguese history. Also a good driver :)
Fátima Full Day Tour Reviewed by Timea, 12/21/2015

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