Nazaré

Nazare

It is commonplace on the Silver Coast to find empty beaches stretching for miles. And, always the Atlantic Ocean beats its rhythms. As the seasons change this rhythm becomes the thunder of giant waves which attract world-renowned surfers like Garrett McNamara who rode a record-breaking 90ft wave off the coast of Nazaré.

This coastal town is a real pearl of the ocean. It has the sea at its heart and fish in its bones.

 

You will understand this better by taking a stroll down the sea front to experience the beach ambiance and see the local women dressed in traditional knee length pleated plaid skirts and clashing headscarves selling you all sorts of locally landed fresh and sun-dried fish.

Nazare
Nazare

Above them, there is always the old town, which is founded on an impressive, massive, rocky promontory. The atmosphere up there is special, so quaint and leisurely. There are local wares on sale every day through street-level shops which sprawl onto the pavement. You can buy local woollen garments, intricate lace, ceramics and general holiday paraphernalia. And when you have shopped yourself to a standstill take a moment and be amazed at the view south along the coast.

This vista is one of the best-kept secrets of Portugal which the gulls and eagles have held onto for far too long. As you gaze down the more nautically minded will pick out the splendid Nazaré marina and boat yard which is always worth visiting for a happy spell taking snaps of the sights and myriad of sailing craft.

Nazare
Nazare