Fort of São Miguel Arcanjo, Nazaré, Portugal
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Info. Nazaré, Portugal
Today we’re visiting the beach town of Nazaré on the western central coast of Portugal. Nazaré is a very popular surfing destination as it is home to the biggest surfable waves in the world. The waves are formed by Nazaré Canyon – the largest underwater canyon in Europe, which has a maximum depth of about 5,000 metres. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa broke the world record for the largest wave ever surfed at this location in 2017, riding a 24.4-metre wave, which beat the previous record also set here.
Those who prefer dry land can join the crowd watching the surfers from Nazaré's Fort of São Miguel Arcanjo, a lighthouse-topped fortress on a cliff. A fort was initially built here in 1577, with a lighthouse installed in 1903. The fort also now functions as a museum, which is devoted in part to surfing.