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Praia do Norte, Nazaré

This was a stop we made on our drive from the Delfim Douro Hotel to Lisbon. We had read about the giant waves that take place here and since we wanted to breakup the drive, we decided to stop here and explore.


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Praia do Norte, Portugal   Map

After departing the Delfim Douro Hotel, we drove to the Atlantic Ocean coast (273 kilometers from the Delfim Douro Hotel but still north of Lisbon), and we stopped at the beach just north of Nazaré at the Praia do Norte, Nazaré. This is where the largest waves ever surfed took place, if you doubt this fact, please take a look at this video to see for yourself. There is an HBO Documentary named "100 Foot Wave" that documents the first American surfer to surf the big waves here.

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If you watch that video, you can see the building that stands on the cliff (Fort of São Miguel Arcanjo) in our image and that gives you a much better idea of just how high that wave was! The Fort is approximately 50 meters above sea level.

The large waves here form due to the presence of the underwater Nazaré Canyon. As the canyon creates constructive interference between the incoming swell waves, it makes their heights much larger on this stretch of coast than elsewhere. The canyon is the largest submarine canyon in Europe, reaching depths of about 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) deep and a length of about 230 kilometres.
Click here to read the Wikipedia Article about the canyon and how it produces Guiness Book of Records wave heights.


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Praia do Norte Surf

Even on a calm day, you can see in these images how strong the surf here is here. We saw a number of 8 to 10 foot waves come ashore.

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Nazaré Portugal
Wind Turbines above Nazaré Beach
Fort of São Miguel Arcanjo
Nazaré Beach

The village of Nazaré is on the other side of the cliff from where we were at Praia do Norte. As you can see in image # 1, it resides next to a pretty beach and a very nice marina. This is a very popular beach area and the beach will be filled with visitors when the weather is sunny.

The inlet in the distance is the entrance to the Nazaré Marina (in image # 1), to view this area on a Google Map click here. This map will provide you with an overhead view of the entire area, where you can more easily see where we were north of Nazaré at the Praia do Norte.

Because we had to meet our VRBO apartment rental agent at a specific time, we departed on the Portugal A8 freeway and drove to Belém (130 kilometers). Traffic was light until we arrived in the Lisbon area, and then it got quickly crowded.

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  • Google Search Results list for "restaurants in Nazaré"
  • Google Search Results list for "accomodations in Nazaré"
  • Nazaré Wikipedia article
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