Praia do Norte

This is the world famous big wave surfing beach. Garret McNamara surfed a 100ft world record wave here. Andrew Cotton, UK’s most famous big wave rider holds a fantastic surf fitness retreat here. Andy was the Jet Ski pilot on Garret McNamara’s world breaking wave ride. Follow this link for more info about the surfing competitions and dates at Praia do Norte

Apart from the surfing, this is a very large beautiful sandy beach where you can go for long walks, get away from the crowds, relax and find some well deserved solitude. Have a look for yourself on the live beach cam.

Whilst you’re there a visit to the Fort at São Miguel Arcanjo that overlooks the beach is also well worth a visit.


Alternatively for a more vibrant holiday beach take the Funicular Railway down to Nazaré beach.

There are a couple of Drone flight films (Film 1, Film 2) of the area.

Other Activities

Other activities available locally are boat tours, water sports, scuba, snorkelling, water skiing, jet skiing, dolphin and whale watching, as well as fishing tours, these can be found at Atlantic Safaris.

There are some breathtaking walks in the area.

Or why not rent an electric bike from Emotion and pedal cycle routes around Nazaré.

Horse riding is available from North Canyon Horses.

Alternatively, explore the beautiful and famous fishing port of Nazaré.

Of course for a lazy day simply hang out in the Sítio da Nazaré’s main square and watch the world go by!

This is a popular Portuguese Holiday destination with plenty to do.

There is a wide selection of great restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Also worth a visit is the Municipal Market of Nazaré for a great selection of locally caught fish and produce located at Av. Vieira Guimarães, 2450-000 Nazaré. This is open till 1.00pm.


Festo do Mar

Usually held on the first Sunday in May, this sea based festival features a parade of floats dedicated to local patron saints and a procession of decorated boats that leave the harbour and heads out to sea across Nazaré’s beachfront to the rock and back.

Praia do Norte Big Wave Surf Competition

The window for this world class surfing competition is October to March, and the action takes place when the waves are at their biggest.

Andrew Cotton surfing - Credit Josh Simpson

Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

This annual religious pilgrimage is held in Sítio on 8 September and celebrations continue until 24 September. It has a religious Mass in the local church Hermitage of Our Lady of Nazareth Church and a procession of the image of Our Lady in the streets of Sítio de Nazaré.

As Nazaré’s big religious festival, it also features processions, folkloric dances and, or course, plenty of food

Carnaval da Nazaré

The traditional carnival in Nazaré takes place on the beach front annually in February or March.

Eating out

The area is famous for its food, especially seafood, here are our favourites, but there are plenty more to chose from…

Fonte Mar

Closest to us is Fonte Mar, a fantastically friendly, family-run local with fresh seafood situated in a picturesque square in the heart of Sítio de Nazaré. (A mere 20 seconds walk from the house).

Tia Caia

A couple of minutes walk from the house is Tia Caia which has a delicious selection of meats and some seriously fine wines.

Casa Sana

Casa Sana in Nazaré – great food place for vegetarian and vegan food.

Bar Taberna Afficion

a very friendly bar for locals and tourists which serves food with amazing views over Nazaré. Excellent spot for a sunset.

Casa Santos

Casa Santos is a great Seafood place in Nazaré, long established family run place with amazing shellfish.

Sítio at the Nazaré Ice Cream Shop

The best ice cream can be found in Sítio at the Nazaré Ice Cream Shop can be found at R. 25 de Abril, Sítio de Nazaré 2450-065 Portugal.

Restaurant Celeste

Restaurant Celeste in Nazaré is another fantastic place, famed for its seafood, and is one of McNamara’s favourite eating spots.