Today I am going to tell you a little bit more about the beautiful town Nazare.
This town is a typical fishing town, in all the streets you see fish-sellers. You can also see the fish (carapaus) laid out to dry. I don’t really like the smell, but we are in a fishing town, so it’s ok.
The most touristic thing for Nazaré is the town’s highest point which is accessible by an elevator. It’s the point where you can see a beautiful view of the area, but it has also some history. It is associated with the cult of Our Lady of Nazaré who, according to the 12th-century legend, was invoked by the alcaide (commander of a fortress or castle) Dom Fuas Roupinho who, while stalking a deer, was about to fall down into an abyss with no possible salvation. As a sign of gratitude for the mercy he received, Dom Fua Roupinho ordered a small chapel to be built – the Ermida de Memoria. A little way away, in the 18th century, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré was built, in whose honor grandiose festivals are held in September.
The Nazaré people’s have a high connection with the see. You can see everywhere local handicrafts, in particular the nets, buoys, baskets and traditional puppets dressed in the typical costumes of seven skirts, as well as in the cuisine, with its emphasis on fish and shellfish dishes, such as caldeiradas, soups, açorda (purée of bread, herbs and garlic) and the dried horse mackerel.
The most important feature of the surrounding area is the 7th century Chapel of São Gião, one of the rare holy places of the Visigoths existing in Portugal.