What to do and see in Nazare, Portugal: The Best Places and Tips

March 16, 2018 Janette Largent

Nazare, named after the Biblical “Nazareth” in the 4th century, is Portugal’s most famous fishing village, now becoming important as well in the world of big wave, tow-in surfing. The tallest wave ever recorded being surfed – by a Hawaiian big-wave surfer – was off Nazare.
Restaurants in Nazare

1. Miradouro do Suberco

Largo do Elevador | Sítio do Promontório, Nazare 2450-142, Portugal
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 351 reviews

Miradouro do Suberco

Reviewed By Ray V - Chaves, Portugal

People come up to the top of this high hill for the view. Despite the crowds it is still worth climbing to the top by the cable car. In the space of 15 minutes the car covers a distance of 318 meters (50 of which are in a tunnel) with a slope of 42%. Adults pay 1.20€ and children .90€.

2. O Sitio

Top of the Cliff, Nazare 2450-076, Portugal
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

O Sitio

Reviewed By Ch00klady - Western Australia, Australia

O Sitio was a great place away from the crowd's of downtown Nazare - what spectacular views! There were tourist shops, cafes, restaurants and little grocery stores close to the centre. Steps lead down the cliffs into Nazare, or if you don't want to walk, there is a cable car available for a small fee.

3. Praia da Nazare

Nazare, Portugal +351 244 810 220
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Praia da Nazare

Reviewed By Fiona A

Beautiful long broad sandy beach continuing right up to the fishing docks.
Personally I was fascinated by the surfers & waves.
Very busy waterfront esplanade on a sunny November afternoon.
Parking doesn't seem to be easy.
Jump on the lift (ascensor) to reach the high part of Nazaré to see the sanctuary, chapel. Lighthouse & famous big wave surf beach Praia do Norte

4. Praia do Norte

Rua 31 de Janeiro, Nazare 2450-065, Portugal
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 261 reviews

Praia do Norte

Reviewed By nadro2010 - New York City, New York

This beach everytime I go there is deserted. It is great for surfers. It is very windy, The biggest wave was surfed here but I would not recommend anyone to bathe here.

5. Forte de Sao Miguel

39_ 36.250' N, 009_ 5. 083' W, Nazare 2450-076, Portugal +351 265 561 967
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 552 reviews

Forte de Sao Miguel

Reviewed By Beatriz M - Cologne, Germany

We went there searching for the giant waves. No giant waves were found but it offers a good view to both Beaches in Nazare. Entrance was one euro and there were some exhbitions inside, like one about surfers and one showing photos of the giant waves and explaining why occur. If you are in Nazaré, it is a must. But if you do not live close, it might be a matter of luck to be able to witness the waves.

6. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazare

Nazare, Portugal +351 262 551 116
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 498 reviews

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazare

Reviewed By Jamie K - Raleigh, North Carolina

You absolutely have to pay the one euro to see the black Madonna up close and personal. After all, it's what the town is named for, as legend holds fisherman obtained the Madonna in Nazareth. You'll also see an exquisite hallway lined with blue and white tiles. When we were there in late September, we had everything to ourselves! Only a few other people in the whole church.

7. Nazare Funicular

Lugar do Sitio, Nazare, Portugal +351 262 596 240
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 283 reviews

Nazare Funicular

Reviewed By Jamie K - Raleigh, North Carolina

The funicular is a fun way to get to Sitio and the overlooks. I absolutely loved how the funicular station at the top and bottom has pet carriers for loan. The Portuguese love their pets, especially small dogs, so this was fun to see!

8. Ermida da Memoria

Rua 25 de Abril | Sitio de Nazare, Nazare 2450-065, Portugal
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 124 reviews

Ermida da Memoria

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Eremit, a greek word, means, lonely, a very isolated wonderful chapel, with her history, to admire the azujelos on the top and inside the famous mosaics, and the nice view to the beach and her clifs of Nazare.
Peaceful, someone who will live undisturbed, or in a religious atmosphere, like Antonius;
Nazare can be proud of his litle gem of Memoria and her nice legend.

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