Holidays in Norte Beach

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Norte Beach which includes waves, general coastal views and a beach

Revel in the raw beauty of this relatively undeveloped stretch of sand, which has record-breaking waves that make it a favorite with pro surfers.

Praia do Norte, or North Beach, is a beautiful and untouched golden beach that offers an excellent place to watch dramatic waves in peace and quiet. Spend a day here and you will quickly see why it is known all over the world for its wild waters. Its fame has made it a must-visit destination for many serious surfers. But it is also a lovely spot for those who would just like a break from the hubbub of busy Nazaré Beach, directly to the south.

For many years, North Beach was overshadowed by the more famous beach next to it, which still draws huge crowds of visitors each year due to its family-friendly conditions and great facilities. But in 2011, pro surfer Garrett McNamara brought North Beach to the world’s attention by surfing a record-breaking 100-foot (30-meter) wave here. Visit now and you are unlikely to see a spectacle as impressive as that, but monster waves do crash against the rocks here quite regularly. Look for expert surfers in the water, demonstrating their skills.

Bring a camera when you visit North Beach, as the relative isolation here means it is a wonderful setting for photos. Take pictures of the stunning natural beauty of the Portuguese coastline, far away from the crowds. Make sure you see the beautiful lighthouse that looks out across the ocean from the southern tip of the beach.

When you have had enough of the isolation of North Beach, head back into the pretty and historic center of Nazaré, where the streets are alive with women in traditional layered skirts and craftspeople selling their wares.

Stay in one of the cluster of hotels located along Nazaré Beach and drive to North Beach in under 10 minutes. Or, drive from Lisbon in around 1.5 hours and make your visit to North Beach a daytrip instead. This spectacular area of coast provides the perfect contrast to the busy city streets of the capital.

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966 Cheap Hotels Near Norte Beach

Hotel Ribamar
Hotel Ribamar
1 out of 5
Rua Gomes Freire 9, Nazare, Leiria
The price is AU$52 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Located in Nazare, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca de Touros and Nazare Beach. Norte Beach and Nazare Port are also ...
3.8/5 Good! (198 reviews)
Perfect location but needs upgrades
"We booked a 2 bedroom which wasn’t possible since the door wouldn’t shut. The floor was missing pieces and because of this the kids looked directly at our bed. We had to lay a blanket on the floor to keep from getting injured."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

Hotel Ribamar
Hotel Mar Bravo
Hotel Mar Bravo
3 out of 5
Praca Sousa Oliveira, 71, Nazare
The price is AU$119 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Nazare hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca de Touros and Nazare Beach. Norte Beach and Nazare Port are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (160 reviews)
"Great ocean front property. Clean comfortable rooms, a little small but the view is amazing! Breakfast buffet is included. They have free parking available at a different hotel that is a few minutes walk, however it was full. It was very tight and difficult to Maneuver inside the parking facility. ..."

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2021

Hotel Mar Bravo
Hotel Miramar Sul
Hotel Miramar Sul
4 out of 5
Caminho Real, Nazare
The price is AU$105 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
This family-friendly Nazare hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Nazare Port and Nazare Beach. Praca de Touros and Church of Nossa Senhora da ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (440 reviews)
"Personnel are great. Awful awful bed."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Hotel Miramar Sul
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Top Norte Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hotel Ribamar
Hotel Ribamar
1 out of 5
Rua Gomes Freire 9, Nazare, Leiria
The price is AU$52 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Hotel Ribamar
Hotel Mar Bravo
Hotel Mar Bravo
3 out of 5
Praca Sousa Oliveira, 71, Nazare
The price is AU$119 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Hotel Mar Bravo
Hotel Miramar Sul
Hotel Miramar Sul
4 out of 5
Caminho Real, Nazare
The price is AU$105 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Hotel Miramar Sul
Hotel Magic
Hotel Magic
3 out of 5
Rua Mouzinho de Albuquerque, nr 58, Nazare
The price is AU$119 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Hotel Magic
Hotel Oceano
Hotel Oceano
1 out of 5
Avenida Republica 51, Nazare
The price is AU$56 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Hotel Oceano
Nazaré Sitio View Apartment
Nazaré Sitio View Apartment
Nazare, Leiria District
Nazaré Sitio View Apartment
Hotel Mare
Hotel Mare
3 out of 5
Rua Mouzinho de Albuquerque N.10, Nazare
The price is AU$111 per night from 28 Dec. to 28 Dec.
Hotel Mare
Apartment Wave Spot
Apartment Wave Spot
Apartment Wave Spot
Gino´s House
Gino´s House
Gino´s House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.