Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré
Promontório do Sítio
Until the 18th century the sea covered the present-day site of Nazaré; locals lived at this cliff-top area 110m above the beach. Today...
Departs to Promontório do Sítio every 15 minutes and every 30 minutes after 8.30pm.
Casa O Santo
An immensely enjoyable cervejaria (beer house) serving beer, wine and tasty seafood snacks (appetisers from €5) – especially...
Many locals think that this is the only place in Nazaré to eat grilled sardines. Enough said. When sardines are out of season, though...
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré information
The 17th-century, baroque Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, decorated with attractive Dutch azulejos, is on the Promontório do Sítio and holds the much-venerated sculpture of the Virgin, said to have been made by Joseph himself in Nazareth when Jesus was a baby: hence the name of the town. For €1, you can get up close and personal with the statue itself – it's not too often that you get the chance to appear in the middle of an altarpiece.
Look out for paintings of a deer in mid-air that refer to the legend of the Virgin's appearance here. Though the fall was tragic for the animal itself, its look of surprise is difficult not to be bemused by.