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Where in the world: Europe  /  Portugal  /  Central Portugal  /  Leiria District  /  Nazare

Top 15 things to do in Nazare

1. Praia da Nazare

Big waves and wide sandy swaths make Praia da Nazare one of the most popular spots along the country's Atlantic coastline. Due to its geography and strong ocean currents, this beach often sees monster breakers in excess of 20 m (78 ft), a huge draw for some of the world's top surfers. In addition to record-breaking waves, the beach offers easy access to the nearby town of Nazare, a busy tourist resort packed with trendy shops and award-winning seafood restaurants. The current is extremely strong here, even on calm days, so watch out for the really big swells, and keep an eye on the weakest swimmers in your party.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $220 › Learn more about Praia da Nazare

2. O Sitio

Resting atop a seaside cliff, O Sitio presents a collection of religious buildings and is a hugely popular site for pilgrims from around the globe. Hitch a ride on the funicular, or hike your way up to the summit, where you'll find medieval fortifications, 17th-century churches, and modern shrines. Wander the courtyards and plazas surrounded by ornate structures, basilicas, and statues. Feel free to stop in and pay your respects at one of the many chapels. Be sure to walk over to the edge of the rocky outcropping, which sits 110 m (361 ft) above the ocean for a view of the sea and coastline.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Miradouro do Suberco

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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4. Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

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Discover the history and natural beauty of Portugal on a small-group day trip to Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos from Lisbon. One of the most important Christian sites in the world, Fátima is home to the Sanctuary of Fatima, which honors the 1917 apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (another name for the Virgin Mary). After your visit, you’ll explore the coastal fishing town of Nazaré and the medieval village of Óbidos, stopping at the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the way. Enjoy picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and agricultural landscapes as you travel along the dramatic cliffs of the Portugal coast. Throughout your tour, you’ll learn interesting facts and hear stories from your guide.
Suggested duration: 9 hours
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5. Forte de Sao Miguel

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $48 › Learn more about Forte de Sao Miguel

6. Obidos Village, Obidos

Discover the quaint, medieval Obidos Village, which is encircled by castle walls. This romantic village is nicknamed the Wedding Present Town because it was a gift from King Dinis to his new wife in 1282. The entire village is a National Monument and is known as an extremely well-preserved example of medieval architecture. Stroll among its charming squares, cobblestone streets, and colorful homes. Visit the town museum, Santa Maria church, Misericordia church, and Amoreira aqueduct.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $33 › Learn more about Obidos Village

7. Praia do Norte

Praia do Norte (‘North Beach’) is a beach located in Nazaré, Portugal, which due to its giant white breaking waves is famed for its surfing conditions. Nazaré's waves were listed on the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest waves ever surfed.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Small-Group Tour from Lisbon to Tomar Knights Templar History

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We promise you a journey back in time, castles that were built by the legendary Knights Templar and then later used by the Knights of Christ, the guys that set up the Age of the Discoveries.At the first stop, there will be a short boat trip that will take the group to the island of the Almourol Castle, the most stunning medieval castle you can find in Portugal, with breathtaking views and sceneries around.Next the medieval journey will take you to Tomar, a city founded by the Knights Templar that turned out to be also important a few centuries after when Henry, the Navigator, was the leader of the Knights of Christ.In Tomar there is a stop at Santa Maria do Olival Church, former mausoleum of the Masters of Knights Templar in Portugal, and at the Convent of Christ, one of the most outstanding and important buildings for Portuguese history, an UNESCO site since 1983.It also includes a surprise to sweeten you mouth. Join the Knighthood!
Suggested duration: 9 hours
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9. Batalha Monastery, Batalha

Thanks to its combination of elements from both Gothic and Manueline architectural styles, Batalha Monastery earned the status of World Heritage Site in 1983. Erected in honor of a 14th century battle between the kingdoms of Portugal and Castile, the limestone building features highly decorated pinnacles, flying buttresses, and balustrades. But, like all Dominican churches, it has no bell tower. Once inside, look at the stained-glass windows and the ornate tombs of King John I and his wife, Philippa of Lancaster. Stop by the southern wall of the abbey's main chapel to see the tomb of Henry the Navigator, a major figure of 15th century politics and the father of the so-called Age of Discoveries.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $83 › Learn more about Batalha Monastery

10. Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré is an imposing church located on the hilltop O Sitio overlooking Nazaré, Portugal.According to the Legend of Nazaré the sheriff (alcaide) of Porto de Mós, Dom Fuas Roupinho, maybe a templar, was chasing on horseback a deer up a hilltop on a misty September morning in 1182 (later it was said that it was the devil, in the disguise of a deer). When the deer jumped over the edge of the hilltop into the void, his fiery horse was about to follow. Then the knight invoked the intervention of the Madonna, who made the horse turn away through a supernatural effort and saved the life of the knight. Subsequently, a chapel A Ermida da Memoria, was built very near this spot, over a grotto where stood a small statue of a Black Madonna, brought from Nazareth. Near the chapel one can see the imprint of the horseshoe in the rock.The church, founded in the 14th century, was rebuilt in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Semicircular steps lead to a Baroque portal under two square bell towers. The façade has gallery-like extensions.The profusely decorated gilded apse shows the small statue of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré in a lit niche above the main altar, flanked by twisted columns. Above the crossing of the single nave with the transept is a cupola and a lantern. They are all vaulted by a gilt coffer ceiling.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $119 › Learn more about Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

11. Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Fatima

Spiritual travelers and history fans come to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, where it is believed the first of six apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Portugal occurred. This church, along with a grouping of Roman Catholic structures at the same site, serve as a national monument and sanctuary for religious pilgrimages. The basilica honors the recorded sightings in 1916 of an angel believed to be the Virgin Mary. Join the many others who come to this site because of its spiritual presence, historical curiosities, and architectural intrigue. You can go inside the church to see the carillon of 62 bells and stained-glass windows depicting the events of the Marian apparitions at Fátima.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $71 › Learn more about Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima

12. Lisbon Super Saver: 2-Day Sintra, Cascais, Fatima, Nazare and Obidos Small-Group Day Trips

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Combine two best-selling Lisbon tours at a discounted price to make the most out of your time in Portugal's capital. With an expert guide, take two day trips in your desired order to discover the must-sees around Lisbon. One day, explore the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra and the cosmopolitan coastal resort town of Cascais. The other day, venture to Fátima, Nazaré and Obidos, three villages offering a glimpse into Portugal's history and traditions. Numbers are limited to eight people on these small-group tours, ensuring a personalized experience.
Suggested duration: 2 days
Tours from $167 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Monte de Sao Bartolomeu

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Farol de Nazare

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. From Lisbon: Óbidos, Nazaré, Batalha & Fátima

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We depart first to encounter Óbidos and meet its medieval walls, rustic white houses and the rich and varied local traditions of the town. We also take the opportunity to visit the Castle. We then head onto the picturesque and colourful fishing town of Nazaré. There’s also the chance to find out something about the legends and traditions of this town. We then move onto Batalha to visit the monastery church, a Gothic masterpiece with the most finely worked stained-glass windows. Finally, we reach the Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary, an altar of the Christian faith and site of world pilgrimage. There is also the Chapel of Apparitions with its portrayal of Our Lady of Fátima. You have some some free time to attend mass. Travelling through this colourful agricultural region, we return to Lisbon. (Please note that itinerary may change the order of visit)
Suggested duration: 11 hours
Tours from $83 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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