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Seaside traditions in Portugal's Nazare

By Rick Steves, Tribune Content Agency on

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.

TOURIST INFORMATION: www.centerofportugal.com.

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(Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at rick@ricksteves.com and follow his blog on Facebook.)

(c)2017 RICK STEVES DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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