The Laid-Back Seaside Town Of Nazaré, Portugal Offers Much More Than Surfing

Nazaré, Portugal is a seaside town known for its stunning beaches and is a world-class extreme surfing destination. But Nazaré offers much more than just the thrill of catching big waves — it's also a great destination for travelers looking to explore the vibrant culture and history of this charming coastal community. From its picturesque cobblestone streets to its delicious seafood cuisine, Nazaré has something special to offer visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you're seeking adventure on the sea or relaxation on land, Nazaré provides plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy what this wonderful town has to offer.

Just about 75 miles from Lisbon, Portugal — one of the world's best honeymoon destinations — Nazaré is a great place to get away from the usual tourist attractions in the city. You'll find yourself rubbing shoulders with locals and other Portuguese looking for a relaxing weekend trip to sunbathe and breathe in the fresh, salty sea air.

Explore Nazaré's stunning seaside landscape

Nazaré is well-known for its extreme big wave surfing culture and is the location of the annual big wave surfing event hosted by the World Surf League. However, for those who don't surf and are looking for a beautiful seaside getaway, Nazaré is the place to be. Nazaré Portugal Tourism Guide writes that the town is one of Portugal's most scenic fishing villages. While you will want to avoid Nazaré's beaches in the winter (since this is the big-wave season), the late spring and summer in this beach town will have you feeling like you've been transported to paradise.

Though Praia da Nazaré is the most popular, it can be overwhelmed with tourists in the summer. Though this can be a fun experience for your first time in Nazaré, if you're looking for a bit of a quieter retreat, Travel in Portugal writes that visitors should check out Praia do Norte, São Martinho do Porto, or Praia de São Pedro de Moel. Travel Lemming writes that São Martinho do Porto is especially good for families and people who want to swim since the waters are much calmer on this beach than on the main beaches. For a bird's-eye view of the coast, Travel Lemming also recommends heading to the Miradouro do Suberco or taking the Nazaré Funicular.

Indulge in Nazaré's delicious seaside cuisine

Before earning its fame as a surfing mecca, Nazaré was known as a fishing village. So it's no surprise that your trip to Nazaré wouldn't be complete without indulging in some of its delicious seafood. Full Suitcase recommends trying some of the dried fish sold along the beaches or heading to the Sun-Dried Fish Museum which Nazare Portugal Tourism Guide says is practically an art form in Nazaré. If you love to cook and are spending some time in town (or just want to see where the locals food shop) Travel Lemming recommends heading over to Mercado Municipa da Nazaré. Here you can see what the local fisherman bring back from their early morning fishing trips, check out the fruits and veggies, and taste some traditional snacks and pastries.

If you're looking for a great dining experience, though, Nazaré has plenty of options! Iberian Escapes recommends trying either Rosa dos Ventos or Pangeia. Rosa dos Ventos is a fantastic spot to try local, fresh seafood using traditional preparation techniques, while Pangeia has incredible panoramic views of the Nazaré coast with beautiful, unique fish dishes. Lastly, if you're seeking a special snack, My Portugal Holiday recommends heading down to the beach and finding a vendor that sells Bola de Berlim. These sweet treats are custard-filled, sugar-dusted doughnuts that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth as you enjoy the ocean views.