The medieval village of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and best preserved in Portugal.
Already occupied before the Romans reached the Iberian Peninsula, the village became more prosperous from the moment it was chosen by the royal family. Ever since King D. Dinis offered it to his wife D. Isabel, in the 19th century, it has belonged to the Casa das Rainhas that, throughout the various dynasties, have been benefiting and enriching it. It is why there are so many churches in this small town.
Within the walls, we find a well-kept castle and a maze of streets and white houses that enchant those who stroll there. Among Manueline porches, flowered windows and small squares, there are several other reasons to visit, good examples of the religious and civil architecture of the golden times of the village.
Peniche lives essentially from the tourist activity driven by beaches with perfect natural conditions for surfing and bodyboarding that attract hundreds of lovers and professionals of wave sports.
Surf Queen City
Capital of the wave, Peniche is the reference for surfing in Portugal, and a meeting point for the world elite of this sport, namely as the stage for the WSL - World Surf League. Rip Curl Pro Portugal has also been held annually since 2009, in October. Enthusiasts of the sport from the four corners of the world come to appreciate the maneuvers of the best professionals to dominate the tubular waves, which give name to the beach of Supertubos (Medão Grande).
At the coast of the city there are at least 8 beaches for surfing, not to mention the Baleal beaches. A place that lives from the curiosity of the fishing village to be connected to the continent by a tongue of sand, which, depending on the will of the sea, is immersed or submerged, making it an island or peninsula.
Typical fishing village, Nazaré is nowadays a busy summer resort that has managed to keep its traditions connected to the sea.
The Sítio, at the highest point of the village (which can be accessed by an elevator) is undoubtedly its best viewpoint. It is also linked to the cult of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré which, according to the legend from the 12th century, was invoked by the mayor D. Fuas Roupinho who, chasing a deer, fell into the abyss, with no possible salvation. As a token of gratitude for the grace he received, D. Fuas Roupinho built a small chapel - the Ermida da Memória. A short distance away, the Sanctuary was built in the 19th century, where now great parties are held in the month of September.
The connection of the people of Nazaré to the sea is evident in the dishes of fish and seafood, such as caldeiradas, açorda and seafood rice and dried mackerel.
Also known for its huge, perfect and incredible waves, Praia do Norte is under the influence of the phenomenon “Canhão da Nazaré”. This is a rare geomorphological phenomenon, the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world, consisting of a fault in the continental plate about 170 kilometers long and 5 kilometers deep. The “Canhão da Nazaré” channels the waves of the Atlantic Ocean to Praia do Norte, practically without obstacle, creating waves with an unusual size compared to the rest of the Portuguese coast. A real playground for lovers of wave sports.