Not a lot of people know this about me, but I love ocean waves. I think they are beautiful, I dream about them, I love them.
So going to the place that (in the winter) has the biggest waves in the world was so magical!
I didn't see the biggest waves while I was there (next time!) but even what I saw was incredible
and the ocean there has such a hidden, restrained power that you could feel even on calmer days.
Nazaré is a wonderful mix of old and modern Portuguese culture that was fascinating (and so fun!) to witness and be a part of.
Some days the ocean is calm, and the waves are perfect for typical beach going adventures.
Some days the water is so rough it carves away the beach like a backhoe, and no one is allowed near it.
During the winter months, the largest waves in the world can emerge, making Nazaré a premier spot for big wave surfers.
“Climbers have Everest. Surfers have Nazaré.” - Portuguese big wave surfer, António Silva