Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
You'll find accommodations not only in Nazaré's bustling beach area, but also in the old town of O Sítio.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitFor 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
Lots of scenic places around in the tour. We have a great time on this private tour with Ricarto Melo. He was right on time to pick us up from the hotel. He was great at explaining everything we visited. He is very good in history! We conversed with him all day long and didn't feel awkward being on a private tour at all. Lunch at the local restaurant was awesome. If you're a food/wine lover, Ricarto would be your perfect guide to introduce Portuguese cuisine and its wine pairing.
Absolutely fantastic trip from Lisbon to Fatima. The three stops on the way provided great breaks to the otherwise tedious bus ride. The included 3 course lunch was excellent. Spacious clean modern restaurant with plenty of food, wine and dessert. The menu was obviously seafood based and nothing fancy but the taste and abundance made up for this. Very helpful guide who was friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended
Not bad for the price, we managed to visit 4 cities in a day. Tiago was well-informed and he even managed to take us in the main store in Fatima, take us to an exceptionally good restaurant! We were 6 in the group, and all of us had a great time, it's an experience to remember!
Amazing trip! I would highly recommend Fatima to the Catholics and to spend more time there. This trip only allowed us 2 hours of which most time was spent waiting for other passengers' shopping leaving less time for the Fatima sanctuary. Lessons learnt is to manage expectations of all passengers so that time is not wasted on waiting for others. Rest of other places such as Bathalha and Obidos are beautiful.
Each site has a special historical and Geographic interest. While Obidos was the most charming, Fatima a holy site (like Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Lourdes in France), I thought Nazare the most beautiful (like a simpler Cascais with more coastline drama).