Forte de Sao Miguel
Forte de Sao Miguel
4.5
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  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,972 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much to see here, even when the waves are flat.
    This old fort provides a wonderful vantage point for viewing the coast. If it's the time of the year for the big waves you won't get a better view. Inside the fort is a room where the origin of the waves is explained and another cavern honours the surfers who have challenged the world's highest waves. If you visit Nazare, you must come here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Louise Masin Sattler
    Los Angeles, California1,101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views for All - including Surfing Fans and Photographers!
    This attraction is not only for surfers but for people who love photography and views of the ocean that seem endless. Recently, this area gained much popularity due to the NETFLIX special the "100 Foot Wave". But, that is only a small part of this museum and historical site. Included among the walls are stories of surfers and local notables. The 2 Euros is worth the price of admission. Don’t forget a camera! Note- cobblestone walkways and narrow stairways -so be prepared for an unsteady walk.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Sharon M
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspired to visit after watching 100 Foot Wave
    Inspired to visit after watching 100 Foot Wave Couldn't visit Nazaré without seeing Forte de Sao Miguel. Now a resting place for surf boards from some of the world's finest and bravest tow surfing champions. A good photo exhibition and of course, a great viewpoint to see those monster-high waves. Just a small €2 entry fee, but a worthwhile 40 minutes spent in awe learning about the canyon that lies beneath the surface and the legacy which the surfing community have brought to the Portuguese fishing village.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • Melba V
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views of Surfing Sacred waters!
    5 starts because if you’re a surf fan or surfer this is sacred ground. The views were spectacular and the surf museum really cool. If you’re up for it I would recommend hiking around the area especially on the north side of the fort to see the arc and beautiful rock formations. There were no 100 foot waves that day but still some surfers in the water and still worth the side trip to see where the big competition takes place. Parking can be challenging. We drove in from Porto on our way to Lisbon. Easy enough to find. There’s a parking lot at the top of the hill. I think it’s actually free but there was a shady looking guy acting like a parking attendant who asked us for no specific amount of money to park there. We gave him a couple Euro’s and our car was fine when we returned. There’s a bathroom behind the t-shirt shop next to the parking lot too and that costs 50 cents to use.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2023
  • katerinaholubova
    Benesov, Czech Republic13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing power of the ocean
    What a place! We stood there speechless for more than 10 minutes wondering, how big the waves can be, but seeing just the ,small” once ( it wasn’t the season for Nazare giant waves) it was great enough. For 2€ you can enter the fort and go through a great exhibition with many great stories of the surfers who did the giant waves, the story about the waves forming underneath the surface and of course, the view! Amazing! We went there with 5month old baby and it is suitable for strollers up until the top level- there you have to take stairs.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2024
  • LisboetaAbroad
    Leesburg, Virginia456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Being from Portugal, I can’t believe this was my first time here. I’ve been to Nazaré plenty of times but never to the fort. I’m so glad that o did! We visited in a beautiful, breezy, sunny day. The waves weren’t huge but one gets the vibe. The fort itself is cool and well maintained, the surf museum is small but very interesting, and the views are spectacular. There were surfers in the water at Praia do Norte, such a majestic place!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 23, 2024
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Margie D
York, PA746 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Very long walk down a steep hill to the fort from O Sitio. Small entrance fee required to see a surf "museum", which is next to nothing. You then have access to the viewing area. Although there were no high waves when we were there, the 3 stars is for the view. Thankfully, there was a tuk-tuk taking people back up the very steep hill!
Written February 21, 2022
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454lindylou
Central Portugal, Portugal563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is a beautifu place to walk to any time of the year, weather permitting, early morning when nobody is about is great. But November is when the big waves come and the surfers brave those gigantic waves that the world has been talking about these last few years. These days however we find that the crowds of people that gather on the cliff top are getting more and more and the amount of visitors has increased dramatically in the last three years, so now we are happy to let others enjoy what we have enjoyed watching over the years. Sitio and Nazare are worthy places to visit because there is nowhere else quite like them with their amazing waves.....
Written November 26, 2020
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Ricardo Gomes
Faro, Portugal71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
The fort and lighthouse are per si amazing. The idea of setting a surf museum is highly innovative and brilliant.
However the output result is disappointing to say the least. Amateurishly done, with a total lack of efficiency and respect for museum standard rules. The board room should have a floor and proper display conditions. The “upper deck “ is unsafe for walking around. Protection barriers, are a must.
Employees are rude and have absolutely no idea what they are doing. Ticket office and gift shop are a joke. No lavatories, no loo or wc. For a facility visited by families with children, is unforgiven.
It doesn’t count if you simply do it. It when you it properly.
Written January 13, 2020
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Melba V
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
5 starts because if you’re a surf fan or surfer this is sacred ground. The views were spectacular and the surf museum really cool. If you’re up for it I would recommend hiking around the area especially on the north side of the fort to see the arc and beautiful rock formations. There were no 100 foot waves that day but still some surfers in the water and still worth the side trip to see where the big competition takes place.
Parking can be challenging. We drove in from Porto on our way to Lisbon. Easy enough to find. There’s a parking lot at the top of the hill. I think it’s actually free but there was a shady looking guy acting like a parking attendant who asked us for no specific amount of money to park there. We gave him a couple Euro’s and our car was fine when we returned.
There’s a bathroom behind the t-shirt shop next to the parking lot too and that costs 50 cents to use.
Written December 28, 2023
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The Vista Seeker
New York City, NY327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We went to this place in hope to see the legendary 30 meter waves. It depends on luck. Even though we only saw waves of a few meters, we saw a beautiful sunset. That alone was worth it.

This little castle is actually a museum. It features some of the famous surfers who rode the huge waves.

Written October 18, 2022
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The construction of the small fort at this strategic location begun in 1577 (the reign of King Sebastian), in order to defend the area from pirates . It served as a military base up until early 20th Cent. when it was turned into a lighthouse .
Today , there is a small but interesting surfing museum , that explains why do well known surfers from all around the world come here .
The roof of the fort serves as an observation deck , great photo-opps .
Recommended .
Written January 1, 2022
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Brenda S
Maryland191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Wow! The views from the fort are incredible. It has a surfing museum and information on the Nazare Canyon. When I was there cars were not permitted to drive down to the fort. You have to park at the top of the hill and walk. The walk is pretty long, I would guess a half-mile or more and the hill is steep. Thankfully there were two tuk-tuks that would shuttle you to and from the fort for two euros per person each way.
Written July 28, 2021
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Riplis
Oslo, Norway185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Forte de Sao Miguel offers a great viewpoint of Praia de Nazare and Praia de Norte. It also offers a surf related museum where you can read about the Guiness world record waves etc. Entrance fee is only 2 euros, so it's well worth it!
Written September 1, 2022
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Robert B
Port Hueneme, CA527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
If you are going to Nazare to watch the insane surfing, this is the space to watch from. It costs a couple of euros to enter but is well worthwhile. The museum is cool but the real action takes place on the roof where you go to see "the tallest waves" in the world.
Written December 5, 2022
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Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,972 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This old fort provides a wonderful vantage point for viewing the coast. If it's the time of the year for the big waves you won't get a better view. Inside the fort is a room where the origin of the waves is explained and another cavern honours the surfers who have challenged the world's highest waves. If you visit Nazare, you must come here.
Written August 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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