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This town is one of the most popular seaside resorts in its country and consists of three neighborhoods: beachside town, old town, and a historic village situated on a cliff accessible by funicular. The name of this town is derived from a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, and it is here that you will find some of the largest waves in the world for professional surfers. This town is famous for its women who wear skirts with seven petticoats (for the seven colors of the rainbow). When a woman loses her spouse she must only wear black for the rest of her life. During the summer months, women sit along the boardwalk selling sun-dried, salted fish which are displayed on nets pulled tightly around wooden frames and left under the midday sun.

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Nazaré, Portugal

Located 78 miles north of Lisbon, Nazaré consists of three neighborhoods: Praia (along the beach), Sítio (an old village, on top of a cliff) and Pederneira (another old village, on a hilltop). Praia and Sítio are linked by the Nazaré Funicular railway.

Five sites you won’t want to miss in Nazaré include Sitio (ride the funicular up to Sitio for spectacular views. Don’t miss the seafood rice at restaurant Sardinha), Paria da Nazaré (taste the sun-dried salted fish if you are adventurous), Miradouro do Suberco Viewpoint, Forte de Sau Miguel, and Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré (a colonial church built in 1664). Celebrity Cruises visits Porto and Lisbon on numerous Spain/Portugal and Mediterranean sailings.

It was also in Nazaré in 2013 that US extreme surfing champion Garrett McNamara set the world record by surfing a 100-foot wave at Praia do Norte, Nazaré. 

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