Nazaré: fish and record-breaking waves

Nazaré, landscape, beach, sea, ocean, street

Nazaré is a fishing village in the coastal region known as The West, or sometimes The Wild West. Its beaches have wooden structures that were used to dry the fish upon arrival to preserve it so that it could get to the inland parts of the country. A funicular railway stretched up the cliff dating back to the 19th century, testifies the relevance of the town’s economic development in past times. Recently, though, it has gained the world’s attention due to a couple of instances of record-breaking surfing on gigantic waves: the first instance in 2013 by Garrett McNamara (here’s a short tour of the town by the Hawaiian surfer), and the second one, in 2014 by Benjamin Sanchis. There’s bound to be major tourism potential here, if these guys keep breaking records like this. But for now, it’s still a simple carnival-lovin’ small town by the sea.

Nazaré, Sítio, landscape