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A hotel in Nazaré is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Nazaré hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Nazaré are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Nazaré hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Nazaré hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Nazaré have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Nazaré
An upscale full service hotel facility in Nazaré that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Nazaré hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Nazaré
Full service Nazaré hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Nazaré
Boutique hotels of Nazaré are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Nazaré boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Nazaré may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Nazaré
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Nazaré travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Nazaré focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Nazaré
Small to medium-sized Nazaré hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Nazaré traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Nazaré hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Nazaré
A bed and breakfast in Nazaré is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Nazaré bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Nazaré B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Nazaré
Nazaré hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Nazaré hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Nazaré
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Nazaré hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Nazaré lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Nazaré
Nazaré timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Nazaré often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Nazaré on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Nazaré
A Nazaré motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Nazaré for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Nazaré motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Nazaré, Praia and Pederneira, seen from Sítio
Nazaré, Praia and Pederneira, seen from Sítio
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Coordinates:  / 39.600; -9.067  / 39.600; -9.067
Country Portugal
Region Centro
Subregion Oeste
Intermunic. comm. Oeste
District Leiria
• President Walter Chicharro (PS)
• Total 82.43 km (31.83 sq mi)
Population (2011)
• Total 15,158
• Density 180/km (480/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)

Nazaré (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɐzɐˈɾɛ]) is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.

It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 15,158, in an area of 82.43 km². The present Mayor is Walter Chicharro, elected by the Socialist Party (Portugal). The municipal holiday is September 8 with the Festas da Nazaré a religious and profane festival with processions, bullfights, fireworks, folk dancing and a fair.

The town consists of three neighbourhoods: Praia (along the beach), Sítio (an old village, on top of a cliff) and Pederneira (another old village, on a hilltop). Praia and Sítio are linked by the Nazaré Funicular, a funicular railway.

Nazaré, Portugal: History and legend

Legend of Nazaré

The earliest settlements were in Pederneira and in Sítio, above the beach. They provided the inhabitants with refuge against raids by Viking, later French, English and Dutch pirates, that lasted until as late as the beginning of the 19th century.

According to the Legend of Nazaré, the town derives its name from a small wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, a Black Madonna, brought by a monk in the 4th century from Nazareth, Holy Land, to a monastery near the city of Mérida, Spain. The statue was brought to its current place in 711 by another monk, Romano, accompanied by Roderic, the last Visigoth king of today's Portugal. After their arrival at the seaside they decided to become hermits. The monk lived and died in a small natural grotto, on top of a cliff above the sea. After his death and according to the monk's wishes, the king buried him in the grotto. Roderic left the statue of the Black Madonna in the grotto on an altar.

The first church in Sítio was built over the grotto to commemorate a miraculous intervention in 1182 by the Virgin Mary, which saved the life of the 12th-century Portuguese knight Dom Fuas Roupinho (possibly a templar) while he was hunting deer one morning in a dense fog. This episode is usually referred to as the Legend of Nazaré. In memory of the miracle he had a chapel (Capela da Memória) built over the small grotto, where the miraculous statue had been left by king Roderic after the monk's death. Beside the chapel, on a rocky outcrop 110 meters above the Atlantic, one can still see the mark made in the rock by one of the hooves of Dom Fuas' horse. This Church of Nazareth, high on the rocky outcrop over Pederneira bay, was noted as a landmark in sailors' manuals.

In 1377, King Fernando I of Portugal founded a new more spacious church which was totally transformed between the 16th and 19th centuries. The Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré is a rich baroque building, with splendid tiles on its interior. Behind and above the main altar visitors can see and venerate the miraculous statue of our Lady of Nazaré.

Nazaré, Portugal: Parishes

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 3 civil parishes (freguesias):

  • Famalicão
  • Nazaré
  • Valado dos Frades

Nazaré, Portugal: Tourism

Panoramic view of the beach, showing traces of tourism

Nazaré has become a popular tourist attraction, advertising itself internationally as a picturesque seaside village. Located on the Atlantic coast, it has long sandy beaches (considered by some to be among the best beaches in Portugal), with lots of tourists in the summer. The town used to be known for its traditional costumes worn by the fishermen and their wives who wore a traditional headscarf and embroidered aprons over seven flannel skirts in different colours. These dresses can still occasionally be seen.

Nazaré, Portugal: Surfing

In November 2011, surfer Garrett McNamara, who resides in Hawai'i, surfed a record-breaking giant wave: 78 feet (23.8 m) from trough to crest, at Nazaré. On 28 January 2013, McNamara returned to the spot and successfully surfed a wave that appeared even larger, but is awaiting an official measurement. Then, on October 28, 2013, Carlos Burle surfed another wave that is currently being scrutinized as possibly the largest wave ever ridden. On that same day, female big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira experienced a near-death wipeout, but was rescued after losing consciousness. Such very high breaking waves form due to the presence of the underwater Nazaré Canyon. The canyon creates constructive interference between incoming swell waves which tends to make the waves much larger. In August 2012, a freak wave killed a 5 year old British girl and her grandfather walking along Salgado Beach.

Nazaré, Portugal: Panorama

Nazaré, Portugal: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Portugal

Nazaré is twinned with:

  • Spain Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
  • France Nogent-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France

Nazaré, Portugal: References

  1. "Statistics Portugal".
  2. Direção-Geral do Território
  3. "NAZARE TOURISM GUIDE, Portugal's most picturesque fishing village".
  4. Sailing Directions for the West Coasts of France, Spain and Portugal. United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. 1891. p. 348.
  5. Murray, John (1856). A handbook for travellers in Portugal ... J. Murray. p. 88.
  6. Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 80" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  7. "McNamara Claims Record For Biggest Wave Ever Surfed". CBS Los Angeles. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  8. Mauro, Chris (2013-01-28). "Did Garrett McNamara just break his own world record?". (with Yahoo! Sports). Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  9. "Hawaiian surfer breaks wave-riding record at Nazare, Portugal". BBC News. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  10. "Portugal drowning: British girl Lara Lewis and grandfather Brian O'Dwyer swept away in rough seas during holiday in Nazare | Mail Online". 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  • Municipality official website
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