Nazaré’s Fishing Tradition

Fish Drying, Nazare

Portugal’s Famous Fishing Town: With its natural beauty and stretches of long sandy beaches, Nazaré is a popular Portuguese beach resort and each year thousands of local and overseas tourists come to enjoy this lovely beach-side town. Walking along the seafront, it is quite obvious that tourism is the main contributor to Nazaré ‘s income. […]

Sítio Sightseeing Attractions | Nazaré

Nossa Senhora da Nazaré Church

Sitio – A different world altogether: A short funicular ride up from Nazaré and we’re in Sítio, the old part of town that sits on the cliff-top. I’m really pleased that we’ve sacrificed the sardines and cakes in Nazaré to come up here as it’s a different world altogether.  Being away from the sea, farming […]

Nazare – Funicular Railway to Sitio

Nazare Funicular

Ascenor da Nazare 1889 – 2014: 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the Nazare’s Funicular. This century-old public transport mode was inaugurated on July 28, 1889.  The funicular railway is  considered to be one of the better initiatives of the town’s history, allowing the growth and development of the district of Sitio, on top of […]

Nazaré – Portugal’s Famous Fishing Village

Nazare, viewed from Sitio

Portugal’s Famous Fishing Village: We arrive in Nazaré at lunchtime, after a 45 minutes drive from Batalho. This little fishing village with its huge stretch of beautiful sandy beach is a pleasant change of scenery from the castles, fortresses and churches that we’ve been visiting. We’ve already been primed on what to eat here, which […]

A Cataplana Meal in the Algarve

Fish Cataplana

The Flavours of the Algarve: Portuguese food in the Algarve is more than just grilled sardines and grilled chicken.  To get away from the stereo-type touristy food, and for a taste of the true flavours of the Algarve, have a dinner at a cataplana restaurant. Cataplana – The Utensil The cataplana is a wok-shape hammered […]

Portuguese Cuisine – What to eat on your holiday

Grilled Seafood is a speciality of Portugal

Fishetarians will eat well in Portugal! Cuisine in Portugal varies by region, but being a seafaring nation with a well-developed fishing industry, fish and seafood dominate most menus. Fishetarians like Tony and I will eat well here. Portugal has been fishing and trading cod since the 15th century and it’s no wonder that ‘Bacalhau’, a […]