Best of Nazaré

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Nazaré
Overlooking a lovely stretch of coastline some 90 minutes north of Lisbon, Nazaré is famed for its expansive, cliff-backed beach that draws sunseekers all summer long. Above the wave-kissed sands, the scent of fresh-grilled seafood tangs the air, with a fine assortment of enticing restaurants along the cobblestone-lined town center. Hard-core surfers hit the sea in the winter when powerful waves reaching heights of over 65 feet (20 meters) roll in just north of town.  

Although the attractions are limited, Nazaré makes a great pit-stop when driving up the coast. The town is also an excellent base for visiting a trio of fabulous UNESCO World Heritage sites in Central Portugal. Previous kimkim travelers have taken insightful guided tours in the Tomar Region, learning about the mysteries surrounding the Convento de Cristo, which was the headquarters of the Knights Templar. Two extraordinary monasteries — Alcobaça and Batalha  —  also make for rewarding day trips from Nazaré. And if you need a break from gazing at Gothic splendor, you can explore off the beaten-path villages like Nisa, which is famed for its sheep milk cheeses, and Portas de Ródão, a breathtaking nature reserve and river gorge. 
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Porto's scenic riverfront
Immersive Portugal: Porto & the North - 12 Days

Get to the heart of Porto and northern Portugal on this unique 12-day itinerary that combines history, gastronomy, and stunning countryside. Starting with a selection of guided tours and day trips, you'll explore Porto's UNESCO-listed city center, sample the best local cuisine, and cruise the Douro River through spectacular wine country. On day six, you'll shift to a more independent itinerary, self-driving your way south through Coimbra, Nazare, and Obidos as you explore the rest of the region's highlights at your own pace.

Lisbon, Portugal
Map of Best of Lisbon and Porto: Lisbon, Porto, Cascais & Sintra - 8 Days
Best of Lisbon and Porto: Lisbon, Porto, Cascais & Sintra - 8 Days

You don't have to travel far to see, taste, and experience the best of Portugal. Start your adventure in Lisbon, to explore the city's, art, cuisine, and hills. From Lisbon, you'll head to Porto, to taste its famous wines and then have your choice of where to explore along the coast, before heading to Sintra and Cascais, before you make your way back to Lisbon.

Stroll along the famous surf of Nazaré
Map of Scenic Portugal Loop: Lisbon, Sintra, Nazaré & Porto  - 9 Days
Scenic Portugal Loop: Lisbon, Sintra, Nazaré & Porto - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary takes you on a scenic journey up the length of Portugal—taking in iconic highlights and some marvelous hidden corners along the way. Hop on Lisbon's traditional trams, discover the postcard-perfect villages of Sintra and Óbidos, and visit coastal Nazaré for fresh seafood and crashing Atlantic surf. After a tasting tour of Porto's incredible gastronomy, you'll head into the wilds of Peneda-Gerês National Park for a day of mountain biking before turning south to end your trip back in Lisbon.

The glow of sunset along Portugal's coast
Map of Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, & The Algarve - 10 Days
Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, & The Algarve - 10 Days

Escape to the coast on this gorgeous 10-day exploration, that includes ample time is Porto and Lisbon, and stops through charming seafaring towns with fantastic beaches, delicious fresh seafood, and dramatic coastlines. Go hiking in the unparalleled beauty of Peneda-Gerês National Park, hit the waves in the surfing hot-spot of Sagres, and laze in the sand on the Instagram-worthy beaches of the Algarve. 

Crashing waves in Porto, Portugal's second largest city
Map of Best of Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days
Best of Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days

This exciting two-week itinerary combines cosmopolitan cities, medieval architecture, and spectacular beaches for a Portuguese trip of a lifetime. After exploring Lisbon with a local guide, you'll stay in the fairytale village of Sintra and the surf town of Nazaré. Then work your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby wine region before heading to the university town of Évora. End the trip in pure bliss with some beach time in the western Algarve.

Sunset in Aveiro
Explore Portugal's Coast: Porto, Lisbon, The Algarve, & Peneda-Gerês National Park - 14 Days

Explore Portugal's epic coast and spend time discovering city centers, tiny towns, and picturesque beaches on this 14-day trip plan. You'll enjoy guided tours of Porto and Lisbon and will hike through the stunning landscapes in Peneda-Gerês National Park. With the Atlantic at your side, you'll discover beautiful towns like Viana do Castelo, Braga, and Aveiro (whose Venice-like canals are sure to charm you). Make the most of the coast with stops in gorgeous Lagos and surfing hotspots like Vila Nova de Milfontes and Sagres. 

Park and National Palace of Pena
Map of Highlights of Lisbon & Sintra - 5 Days
Highlights of Lisbon & Sintra - 5 Days

This 5-day trip is the ultimate cultural immersion into Portugal's up-and-coming capital, nicknamed 'The City of Seven Hills'. Let a local guide show you ancient ruins, cobbled alleyways, and hip neighborhoods—as well as the romantic UNESCO-listed village of Sintra surrounded by parks and gardens. Along with guided excursions, you'll have free time to explore on your own rounding out this fun adventure.

The beachside resort of Cascais
Map of Magic of Portugal:  Lisbon, Sintra, Évora - 4 Days
Magic of Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Évora - 4 Days

Embark on this tour of Lisbon and nearby sites to discover the reasons why people come back to Portugal over and over again. Enjoy new flavors and dishes in Lisbon, visit the unforgettable Chapel of Bones in Évora, explore the incredible palaces of Sintra, and more on this four-day itinerary.

Other popular travel destinations in Portugal
Lisbon · Porto · Algarve · Douro Valley · Évora · Alentejo · Sintra · Lagos · Coimbra · Tomar · The Azores · Braga · Óbidos · Madeira · Funchal · São Miguel Island · Tavira · Sagres · Peneda-Gerês National Park · Guimarães · Mértola · Batalha · Marvão