Nazare

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

Hotel Ribamar
Hotel Ribamar
1 out of 5
Rua Gomes Freire 9, Nazare, Leiria, 2450-222
The price is $76 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this beach hotel in Nazare. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (215 reviews)
"Staff and location were great!"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Hotel Ribamar
Hotel Praia
Hotel Praia
4 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Guimaraes 39, Nazare, PT
The price is $123 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Nazare. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Nazare Beach and Praca de ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"Perfect location for beachfront walks, souvenir shopping and dining. The breakfast buffet was fit for a king and the dining room staff were very friendly."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Hotel Praia
Villamar Style Maison
Villamar Style Maison
4 out of 5
Rua Rancho Ta-Mar, 3, Nazare, 2450-050
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 4-star B&B in Nazare. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (177 reviews)
"Small quiet property. Very clean and friendly staff. Large assortment of breakfast options. Very close walk to beach"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Villamar Style Maison
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Parque de Campismo Orbitur Valado
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Valado
3 out of 5
Rua dos Combatentes do Ultramar 2, EN 8-5, Km 9, Nazare, Leiria, 2450-148
The price is $90 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 3-star campground in Nazare. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (28 reviews)
Nice and quiet
"Me and 3 friends stay one night and enjoyed our stay. Checked in was easy, we were allow to check in earlier. Staff were friendly."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Valado
Villas Mare Residence
Villas Mare Residence
4 out of 5
Rua Dr. Antonio Duarte Pimpao 6, Nazare, 2450-170
Stay at this 4-star villa in Nazare. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular attractions Nazare ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (14 reviews)
AMAZING property, kids loved it
"AMAZING property, kids loved it"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Villas Mare Residence
Home Sweet Praia
Home Sweet Praia
Rua Gil Vicente, 31, Nazare, Leiria, 2450-218
The price is $119 per night from Jul 15 to Jul 16
Stay at this apartment in Nazare. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and an LED TV. Popular attractions Nazare Beach and Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"This property is very well located and has all the amenities we needed. Very close to city center and excellent restaurants. Ema was very accommodating and answered all our questions very fast, she even assisted with parking! I totally recommend this property, thanks Ema!"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Home Sweet Praia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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