Nazaré's northern beach is sought after by the bravest and most fearless who seek giant waves. Nazaré is a popular surfing destination due to the incredibly high waves formed by the presence of the Nazaré Canyon underwater. Due to constructive interference generated by the canyon between incoming swells, wave heights become even greater along this stretch of coastline. Due to the height of the waves, many surfing records have been set in Nazaré.
Until 2013, Carcavelos (a civil parish in the municipality of Cascais, Portugal, located about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) west of Lisbon) was known for its Carcavelos wine. In 2013, the parish was merged into the new parish of Carcavelos e Parede. As the wine industry in the region declined, the attractiveness of its beaches made the parish a destination for surfing due to the ocean conditions.
Ericeira is considered by some as Europe's surfing Mecca, due to its excellent conditions for surfing along its coastline. It is home to the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve, which is Europe's first and the world's second. In the 1940s and 50s, Ericeira was a popular summer resort for many Lisbon families. Today, it is a popular destination for both locals and visiting tourists, as well as surfers from around the world (due to the area's 40 beaches with excellent conditions).
Peniche is famous for its long beaches, which are ideal for leisure activities and sports such as surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kiteboarding. These beaches have high winds and excellent surf, particularly at Supertubos, where the waves form fast and powerful tubes, making it one of Europe's best surf spots. Following Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline, the area is known as the "European Pipeline."
Figueira da Foz offers many tourism options. In 1900, a casino was built here, and the large beaches provide perfect conditions for water sports enthusiasts. Sailing and jet ski championships have been held here.
This is a beach resort and a legally operating casino - Casino Solverde casino. Its trade fair - Feira de Espinho, first held in 1894, is well-known in Portugal. The city is also the location of CINANIMA - International Animated Film Festival.
Viana do Castelo Province is located in the Northwest region of Portugal, bordered by Spain (Galicia from the north) and Braga district from the south. Its area is 2,255 square kilometers and its population is 252,011 (2006), with a density of 111.8 inhabitants/square kilometer. The capital of the province is Viana do Castelo.
Sintra is a major tourist destination in Portugal, known for its picturesque scenery and numerous historic palaces and castles. It is also a major luxury dining and tourism destination in the Lisbon region of Portugal and one of the wealthiest cities in the country. It has hosted many famous events, such as the Bilderberg Conference.
Near Cascais, the extensive beaches of Guincho attract a large number of tourists during the summer, and it is a training ground for surfers and windsurfers every year. It provides excellent natural conditions for these sports enthusiasts.
The importance of beaches and the sea is part of what drives the economy of Costa da Caparica. Until the end of the 20th century, this was primarily related to fishing, but more and more it was due to the influx of seasonal tourists.
There are several shopping centers and malls in Aveiro city, including Pingo Doce Shopping Center, Fórum Aveiro, Glicínias Plaza (Jumbo - Auchan), Aveiro Shopping Center (Continente & Mediamarkt), Aveiro Retail Park, and Dafundo Shopping Center. The city also has many traditional shops, with the central one being Aveiro Forum, which features clothing stores, a restaurant area, bookstores, and a cinema.