Colorful Nazaré is huddled on the western, Atlantic coast of Portugal, 60 miles (100 km) north of Lisbon in Estremadura. Essentially a traditional fishing village with wide, sandy beaches, the town leapt to universal attention when a world-record wave was surfed here in 2012.
A town of two halves, Nazaré’s harbor buzzes with action when the day’s catch comes in, once on highly decorative wooden boats but more often today on motorboats chugging against the tide. Fish are laid out to dry in the sun along the harbour walls, with market stalls run by women swathed in traditional headscarves and shawls. Rightly so, Nazaré’s bars and restaurants have an excellent reputation for fresh seafood served daily. Further north, brightly shaded cottages lean together along the beaches, which fill in summer with ranks of beach tents for hire by tourists.
Photo courtesy of Roby Ferrari via Flickr.