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NAZARE TOURISM GUIDE

Portugal's most picturesque fishing village


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Nazare Beach It is said that the picturesque village of Nazaré got its name from a statue of the Virgin Mary brought to town from Nazareth by a monk in the 4th century.
Today it is Portugal's most famous fishing village, having always drawn visitors to its beach and genuinely colorful life.

Until not too long ago, fishermen were still seen using oxen to pull their brightly painted boats from the ocean and even today many locals still wear their characteristic traditional costumes -- the fishermen have check shirts and trousers, and the women wear several layers of petticoats. The fishing boats are Phoenician in design with bright colors and eyes painted on the vessels, supposedly with the magical power to avert storms.

Church in Sitio High above the town is Sitio, reached by a funicular that climbs 110m (360ft). All of Nazaré can be seen from here, and across the square is the 17th century Nossa Senhora da Nazare Church with two Baroque belfries and 18th century tiles depicting Biblical scenes. It also contains a revered image of Our Lady of Nazareth that is taken down to the sea in a traditional procession every September.

Facing it is the Capela da Memoria, a 12th century chapel built to commemorate a miracle: while in pursuit of a white deer (said to be the devil in disguise), a nobleman was saved when the Virgin Mary stopped his horse just in time from falling off a cliff that was shrouded in mist.

Sao Martinho do Porto Beach The tiles inside the chapel depict the legend, and outside is a pillar with an inscription commemorating Vasco da Gama's visit here after his voyage to India, giving thanks to Our Lady of Nazareth for his safe return.

Thirteen kilometers (8 miles) south of town is SÃO MARTINHO DO PORTO, a sandy beach popular with families for its calm shallow waters. Five kilometers (3 miles) farther south, is the Visigothic Church of São Gião.

There are regular buses connecting Nazaré to Lisbon, Alcobaça, and Leiria.

Panoramic view of the São Martinho do Porto bay at sunset:

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Places Nearby

Alcobaça - Europe's greatest Cistercian temple
Batalha - European Gothic masterpiece; spectacular underground caves
Leiria - An old castle in a modern city
Fatima - Famous shrine of the Catholic world
Obidos - The wedding present town; Portugal's prettiest medieval village
Peniche - A dream-like nature preserve with underwater activities; fine sandy beaches



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
AROUND LISBON
AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
Arrábida
Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
Queluz
Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
Albufeira
Faro
Lagos
Sagres
Silves
Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
Vilamoura
BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
Aveiro
Belmonte
Buçaco
Coimbra
Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
Viseu

PORTO AND DOURO
Amarante
Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
Guimarães
Ponte de Lima
Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
Bragança
Chaves
Vila Real

THE ISLANDS
Azores
Madeira