Nazaré is a picturesque fishing village-cum-seaside resort on the Costa de Prata, famous in the whole of Portugal and beyond. The village was in former days dependent on fishing. The beach life is a recent development. The fishing puts bread on the table, but no butter! The inhabitants of Nazaré are now more likely to be working in the tourist branch in souvenir shops, clothing shops, news paper shops and the like and of course in bars and restaurants.
The men and women still wear their traditional clothing, which combined with the pretty houses makes Nazaré a very picturesque place. The men wear woolen, checked knee breeches and shirts and, to top it off, black stocking caps. The women wear a short, colourful skirt over a number of wide, multicoured petticoats, a multicolored blouse and a black shawl.
The older the women get, the less petticoats they wear. The widows dress in black.
Fish is still dried on the beach in the traditional way in the sun and also sold there. The bay of Nazaré is not so suitable for swimming due to the strong current, but you can paddle and cool down in the water. Nazaré has a beautiful boulevard with many outdoor bars and restaurants where you can eat, drink and admire the view over the sea.