Nazare

Travel Guide
Nazare showing a coastal town, a sandy beach and general coastal views

Immerse yourself in Portugal’s history in this picturesque fishing town, where colorful wooden boats bob in the water and the traditions of the past are kept alive.

Get a sense of the history of Portugal’s close-knit fishing communities by spending a few days exploring the scenic town of Nazaré. With winding streets, traditional red-roofed buildings and waters filled with old-fashioned fishing boats, this town offers a nostalgic trip into the past. Wander its charming lanes, relax on its sandy beaches and see how many old customs still survive here. This is also a favorite destination with surfers and is a great place to take to the waves.

Visit the Casa Museu do Pescador to learn about the town’s fishing history. This captivating little museum, housed within an authentic fishing cottage, is set up like the inside of a traditional fishing cottage from the early 20th century. Spot signs of the area’s earliest settlers, the Phoenicians, throughout the town. Painted symbols such as eyes featured heavily in Phoenician culture over 2,000 years ago.

Spot fisherwomen in traditional dress as you explore Nazaré’s waterfront Praia district. With seven colorful layers of skirts, this eye-catching costume is a delight to see. Encounter other nostalgic sights along the coast, including fish laid out to dry in the sun.

Relax on the golden sands of Nazaré Beach, which is a great place to surf or simply to soak up the sun. See the giant waves crashing against the rocks at North Beach, a rugged spot loved by pro surfers for its wild waters.

Enjoy panoramic views of the town and ocean by taking the funicular railway up the steep hill to the Sitio district. Make the time to visit the Ermida da Memória while you are up here. This tiny, perfect chapel is dramatically situated on the very edge of a cliff.

Reach Nazaré in around 1.5 hours by car from Lisbon. Although it is close enough for a daytrip, you might want to spend much longer in this magical historic town.

Where to stay in Nazare

Quinta Amarela
Quinta Amarela
3 out of 5
Avenida de Badajoz, n79 Rio Novo, Nazare
The price is £33 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 2 miles (3 km) of Nazare Beach, Praca de Touros and Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré. Norte Beach and Nazare ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (63 reviews)
Couple in guest house
"Big spacious room, I thought we had a private kitchen but was a shared one. Oven was not working."

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2021

Quinta Amarela
Villamar Style Maison
Villamar Style Maison
4 out of 5
Rua Rancho Ta-Mar, 3, Nazare
The price is £65 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nazare Port and Nazare Beach. Praca de Touros and Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (149 reviews)
"Great place! Close to everything!"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021

Villamar Style Maison
Hotel Praia
Hotel Praia
4 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Guimaraes 39, Nazare
The price is £58 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in the heart of Nazare, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca de Touros and Nazare Beach. Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and Nazare Port are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (75 reviews)
"Good place to stay. Great location."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Hotel Praia
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Home Sweet Praia
Home Sweet Praia
Rua Gil Vicente, 31, Nazare, Leiria
The price is £42 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in the heart of Nazare, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca de Touros and Nazare Beach. Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and Nazare ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect home from home in Nazare
"Perfect location in Nazare, close to all shops, restaurants, beach, funicular to the rock. Owner very helpful and friendly, provided good and useful information. Check in/out super easy. Apartment very well kept, tasteful decor. Clean and tidy, comfy bed. Could have stayed longer"

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2020

Home Sweet Praia
Villas Mare Residence
Villas Mare Residence
4 out of 5
Rua Dr. Antonio Duarte Pimpao 6, Nazare
Situated on the beach, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca de Touros and Nazare Beach. Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and Norte Beach are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (13 reviews)
AMAZING property, kids loved it
"AMAZING property, kids loved it"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Villas Mare Residence
Casinha na Praia
Casinha na Praia
Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca de Touros and Nazare Beach. Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and Norte Beach are also ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Nazaré, espetáculo
"Indicada para 2 pessoas,boa exposição ao sol, ruas sossegadas, vizinhos simpáticos, todo tipo de comércio perto e praia a 5 minutos a pé."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2021

Casinha na Praia
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