Welcome to Nazaré
The town centre is jammed with seafood restaurants, bars and local women in traditional dress (in summer, they're hawking rooms for rent, especially near seafront Avenida da República). To get a different perspective, take the funicular up to Promontório do Sítio, where picture-postcard coastal views unfold from the cliffs.
In 2011, Nazaré hit the headlines for the record-breaking feats of gutsy surfer Garrett McNamara, who rode the monster waves that roll in north of town. Note that high surf is in winter, so don't be disappointed if you witness summer's calmer swells.