The beach of Nazaré, in the district of Leiria, has a large area of sand that extends along the Central Avenue, where most of the trade is carried out. However, despite being one of the busiest beaches on the west coast, it is also one of the more traditional fishing areas.

On this beach, you can still enjoy an art of sewing hammocks or prepare decoy. The women, dressed in the traditional costume of the seven skirts, take care of the fish that is drying in stakes.

Costume of the seven skirts

Costume of the seven skirts

Nazaré beach is also very popular for surfers and bodyboarders. On several occasions, a major wave of the world was surfed precisely in the wild waters of Nazaré.

In October 2014 Garrett McNamara caught the world’s biggest wave at about 30 meters high, followed by Frenchman Benjamin Sanchis who in 2015 also got that recorded in Praia de Nazaré.

In April 2017, the Italian Francisco Porcella won the World Surfing League award for surfing the world’s biggest wave with 22 meters.

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