We’ve sourced stylish stays for bed and board in Portugal‘s Silver Coast city of Nazaré, from chilled-out hostels to sea-view hideaways steps from the sand, bookable on Culture Trip.
The name Nazaré is Portuguese for Nazareth – the hallowed Holy Land of Jesus-making fame – and the waves here certainly reach biblical proportions. So, it’s no surprise it’s a hotspot for shaggy-haired surfers, who look not unlike JC himself and flock to the resort’s long sweep of golden sand to ride the huge breakers. There’s a lively summer beach scene here, plus a quaint old town packed with bars and restaurants. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of places to stay either, and we’ve picked out the best for you.
With its laid-back youthful vibe and decor inspired by local beach huts, Nazaré Hostel is one of the top spots to stay on a budget. It sits on a hillside on the northern edge of town, though still just a short stroll from the beach and a five-minute walk to bars and restaurants. You can choose from doubles, family rooms and mixed dorms, with sea views from upper-floor balconies. A shared kitchen and dining room also mean you can save on eating out.
Situated a short drive out of town, this nature resort is set among one of the largest pine forest reserves in Europe. You can pick from a wide range of accommodation, from glamped up stilted bungalows and modern apartments to simply pitching your own tent. There’s loads of fun stuff, too, including a waterpark with slides, kids’ clubs and activities from horse riding to mountain biking. A glass-walled spa revives limbs after a day in the saddle.
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This friendly bed and breakfast sits in a residential zone of the Sítio da Nazaré neighbourhood, the elevated plateau north of town. They offer three guest rooms, all on the first floor, with two bathrooms shared between them. A daily self-service breakfast is offered, which guests can enjoy together around a large dining table. The Norpark waterpark is a short stroll away, and the gorgeous North Beach is also within easy walking distance.
Part of a triple-tiered apartment building that backs onto a pretty pine forest, Guilhim Guest House offers a choice of three suites. All have been stylishly modernised, with big beds and comfy seating areas, plus one includes a kitchen for self-catering. While it’s on the edge of town, it’s a short drive to the centre and beaches or a pleasant 10 minutes by bike.
The low-rise Quinta Amarela finds itself in a quiet residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of Nazaré, though less than a five-minute drive into town. There are three cosy, home-style rooms to choose from – a double, a suite and studio apartment. Each can sleep up to three guests and has access to a shared lounge and kitchen if you’re looking to self-cater.
A snazzy swimming pool terrace is a highlight of this angular piece of architecture, aided by a poolside cocktail bar and abundance of sun loungers. Bright and breezy rooms all open onto balconies, and some have direct access to the pool area. You can start the day with an American-style breakfast, before strolling to Nazaré’s long sandy beach, just five minutes away on foot.
When it comes to seafront settings, few in Nazaré can compare to Hotel Mar Bravo. Its position on the corner of Sousa Oliveira Square puts it literally steps from the sand. Guest rooms are bright and contemporary with thoughtful touches such as beach towels and sun hats. A little more outlay gets you spectacular views over the beach and neighbouring cliffs. There’s an ocean-view restaurant, too, where tasting menus take you on a culinary journey around the region.
Courtesy of Zulla Nazaré's Surf Village / Booking.com
Founded by two professional bodyboarders, this fun and friendly holiday complex has everything surfing enthusiasts will need during their stay. Accommodation includes shared dorms, apartments and regular rooms, all finished in simple contemporary styling. Zulla Terrace is a great place to hang out and share surfing stories, plus the on-site surf school offers both private and group lessons to get you riding those waves in style.
These recommendations were updated on May 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.