Seaside traditions in Portugal's Nazare
With its black-shawl tradition and beachy hospitality, Nazare is a great spot for a vacation from your vacation. Kick back and share a bottle of chilled "vinho verde" on the beach at sundown, and enjoy the endearing charms of tranquil Portugal.
IF YOU VISIT...
SLEEPING: Hotel Praia has 80 spacious, renovated rooms and is an easy walk to the beach (splurge, www.hotelpraia.com). Hotel Ribamar has a rare old-world atmosphere and 25 small rooms (moderate, http://ribamar.pai.pt).
EATING: Taberna d'Adelia is popular for fresh fish and unpretentious cheerful ambience (splurge, Rua das Traineiras 12, tel. 262-552-134). Restaurante A Tasquinha dishes authentic Portuguese cuisine (moderate, Rua Adriao Batalha 54, tel. 262-551-945).
GETTING AROUND: Everything in Nazare is within walking distance of the main square, Praca Sousa Oliveira. To get to the old town (Sitio), take the funicular.
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TOURIST INFORMATION: www.centerofportugal.com.