~ NAZARÉ ~
Nazaré was, not so long ago, a quaint fishing village. But tourism has found its way and people flock here in the summer to the beautiful beaches which you can view from the town cliffs. You can stop here for lunch or light refreshments. It was once called the most picturesque fishing village in Portugal. People climb the precipitous trail or take the funicular to the Sitio, the 361 foot cliff overlooking the beach. Clustered on the cliff's edge is a small community of fisherman who live in tiny cottages and seem unaffected by all that's happening below.
Also, high on the cliff is a small church which houses a statue said to once belong to the Virgin Mary. The story has it that when this village was being invaded by the Moors, the statue was hidden in the sands near the beach. When Portugal was victorious over the Moors, they retrieved the statue which now rests high above the church's altar.
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