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You may have heard of Nazaré before, particularly if you happen to be a surf fan traveling to Portugal: it was in that area, more specifically at Praia do Norte, that Garrett McNamara broke the world record of the biggest wave ever surfed (30 meters), turning Nazaré into a mythical place for every aspiring big-waves surfer. However, even if you don’t partake in the enthusiasm surrounding this popular sport, the village of Nazaré is still one of the must-see places in Portugal. Read on and discover how this seaside and sheltered village has been a place of notoriety throughout the centuries and why you should include it in your travel package to Portugal.

About a 1.5 hours drive north of Lisbon, Nazaré has been part of Portugal’s ...continue reading

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It is not often that an ecosystem is defined by a rock, but this might just be one of those rare examples. Aldeias de Xisto, or Schist Villages, are 27 small villages located in the mountains of Lousã and Açor, in the center of Portugal. They virtually managed to avoid extinction due to migration and nowadays offer a whole range of activities to both national and international visitors. An exciting fresh and new prospect for your vacations in Portugal.

This set of villages gets its name from ...continue reading