Our next stop would be for lunch. A beautiful seaside town Nazare Portugal. It was cold and the rain was threatening so we went looking for somewhere to eat. We noticed our guide head into a restaurant and decided we would eat there also. Of course due to my fish allergy had to make sure I was able to munch on something. In past trips eating or drinking where the guide ate you knew you were going to have a decent meal.
Omelettes were on the menu so both Muriel and myself decided that would be our lunch along with wine. Must have wine!
We had lunch with Sarah and Peter a lovely couple from Queensland who we had got to know really well. Some of the other group were shopping as they had eaten in Coimbra.
Our waiter was so funny had us laughing so much. He was a bit like Basil Faulty from Faulty Towers. He brought out a plate of fish that Sarah and Peter were able to select their fish lunch from.
Sometimes I wish I could eat it. The prices were quite good.
Once lunch was over we had a bit of time to take some photos and look at some of the shops.
The water was so calm the beach deserted, at either end were extremely high cliffs. Our guide did tell us that sometimes the waves are so high they nearly hit the top of the cliffs. So hard to believe on such a calm wet cold day. I noticed some T/shirts on sale that had pictures of the cliffs and surfboards.
These fishing boats are still the same that the original fishermen the Phoenicians, who settled here in pre-Christian times. Some of these boats have an eye painted to watch out for storms and shoals. Many even dangle lamps over the side to fish at night.
There is also another tradition which is the seven skirts of Nazare. The fisherwomen wear seven colorful skirts as well as wooden clogs and predominantly black headscarf. These seven skirts and color are to represent the seven days of the week , the seven colors of the rainbow, the seven waves in a set. The number 7 is mythical, biblical and magical attributions. Its said that the fisherwomen would wait for their men to return home safe in the cold wind and wet weather on the beach and the layers were for warmth.
Turns out this place was only put on the map roughly just over 10 years ago. It has always been popular with the Portuguese for summer and a fishing village. At certain times of the year the waves can hit the 30 meter mark or more. 30 meters wow! I remember as a teenager fascinated by the pipeline off Hawaii. I would watch on Television the surfing shows, showing the huge waves and the surfers who tried to ride this phenomenon. Many hurtling to the bottom breaking bones etc.
Just like Hawaii, Nazare has a “Nazare Canyon”submarine geomorphological phenomenon that allows the formation of perfect giant waves. It is the largest underwater canyon in Europe, about 170 kilometres along the coast, reaching a depth of 5,000 metres. In January 2018, Hugo Vau rode a record-breaking 35 meter (100ft+) wave. That is just mind boggling. Check out the link below.
The best times to visit this village is really anytime of the year. However to see these huge waves visit in December although there can be some right up to April.
Our coach was back to pick us up and take us to Lisbon where we would be staying two nights.
Goodbye Nazare, I must go back and visit you a bit longer next time. Perhaps to watch the crazy surfers trying to ride that perfect wave!
*Next post Lisbon*