Travel Guide Europe Portugal Nazaré



For a foreigner it is difficult to notice, but all Portuguese feel at once that the people of Nazaré are different. Ssome experts saying that they descend from the Phoenician.The Legend of Nazareth tells us that on the morning of September 14, 1182, D. Fuas Roupinho, governor of the castle of Porto de Mós, when hunting surrounded by fog, was pursuing a deer that headed for the edge of a cliff, falling into the sea. D. Fuas prayed aloud: "Madame, save me!" Immediately, miraculously, the horse stopped, stamping its feet in the Beak of the Miracle, thus saving itself from death.
Nazaré that initially was confined to Pederneira, grew upon that legend. Traditionally a fishing port, that activity faded, moving to Peniche, and tourism became the main activity.

The beach is beautiful, but the great views are from above, in the promontory named Sítio, where you may visit a sanctuary and a chapel built to celebrate the miracle. Recently, Garret MacNamara turned Nazaré into a world reference, surfing a wave 30 metres high near the lighthouse at the tip of the promontory.



Keep Connected


Wifi is common in many places in Portugal, including hotels, restaurants and coffee bars. Free wifi along the Algarve coast is available in many places. Internet cafés can still be found in most larger cities and tourist areas though.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.

There are three mobile telephone operators in Portugal: TMN, NOS and Vodafone.

Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.


CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.


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