Nazare is an very charming, traditional Portuguese seaside town with a population of approximately 13,000. Historically the key form of income for the town was the fishing industry, an industry that is very much present to this day as visitors will see by the numerous lines of fish sun-drying along the beach.
Today tourism is undoubtedly the key industry in Nazare. Given the huge expanses of beautiful beaches and the picturesque cliff-line views, it certainly comes as no surprise that Nazare has such a massive appeal. On the back of the thriving tourist industry a vast number of cafes, bars and restaurants have emerged throughout the town. With numerous restaurants along the sea front, visitors can dine on some fantastic fresh seafood and enjoy the magnificent views.
Adding to its appeal, Nazare is town with a firm grip on tradition. Strolling along the maze of beautiful cobbled streets that form the heart of the town, visitors will see a number of the local ladies dressed in traditional costume – black bouffant skirts over as many as seven petticoats. On occasions the local fishermen also wear their traditional costume, checked trousers matched with a checked shirts of a different design.
Portugal\'s Silver Coast is an area abundant with culture, history and outstanding natural beauty. The climate is idilic with approximately 300 days of sunshine per year. Temperatures are typically high but moderated by pleasant sea breezes from the Atlantic.
Below are some suggestions for a day out on the Silver Coast:
13th century walled medieval town of Obidos - 25 mins drive.
Obidos Lagoon - beautiful lagoon & nature reserve with safe bathing - 25 mins drive.
The bay of Sao Martinho do Porto - stunning shell-shaped bay with sheltered bathing - 15 mins drive.
Foz do Arelho beach - 25 mins drive.
Caldas Da Rainha (spa town) - 25 mins drive.
Alcabaca Cathedral City- 20 mins drive.
Praia D\'El Rey - (famous golf course) 45 mins.
Leira - large town - 20 mins drive great for shopping but also very pretty old part and castle.
Berlenga Island (Nature reserve) - 10 Kilometres boat trip from Peniche ( 40 mins drive ). The Island is famed for its native wildlife and diving.