Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal – Home of the biggest waves in the world
Praia do Norte, Nazaré is famed for the perfect waves it offers. It’s also home of the biggest waves in the world as McNamara has proven in 2011 and in 2013
Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal used to be famed only among locals and surfers. Yet, in 2011 hit worldwide headlines when Garret McNamara set there the world record for surfing the biggest wave ever ridden at 78ft. Amazingly the Hawaiian surfer seams to have broken his own record this Sunday, Jan. 28th by catching a 111 ft wave once more at Nazaré.
Praia do Norte, Nazaré and the perfect waves
Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal is acknowledged as one of the best surfing spots in the world, thanks to the perfect waves it offers. The magnificent surf conditions are mostly due to the proximity of the Nazaré Canyon headboard to the coast.
Nazaré Canyon is the biggest underwater ravine in Europe. It’s about 200 km long, developing from East to West, and it reaches 5.000 meters deep. The canyon headboard is less than 1 km from the coast to SW, which causes the significant blistering of the wave at Praia do Norte, Nazaré.
Located less than an hour and a half from Lisbon, Nazaré is one of the most typical Portuguese villages. For sure, it’s also one of the most beautiful. From all the fishing traditions that remain well alive at Nazaré, the outfit of the women is the most curious. It’s still very common to see women dressed with the traditional seven skirts, representing the seven virtues and the seven colors of the rainbow.
Sítio da Nazaré, on top of the impressive cliff is one of the local highlights. From there, namely from the Viewpoint Suberco, the view is amazing. It is also the iconic place of worship to Our Lady of Nazaré.
Of course the beaches are popular thanks to the mild climate and above all to the surfing conditions. Nazaré is one of the most important Portugal surfing holidays spot.
Naturally, after McNamara’s deeds Praia do Norte, Nazaré stands out from all the other beaches. In fact, it has become the visiting card of the region, inviting us to be as bold as the American surfer. Who dares? Not me, I assure you.