The greatest wave ever surfed attracts thousands of tourists and surfers to Nazare every year. In the winter of 2011, Nazare joined the route of giant wave surfers after Garrett McNamara surfed a wave the size of which impressed everyone: 98 feet, which is the equivalent to a ten-floor building.
The giant waves of Nazare’s North Beach are higher than any other on the Portuguese coast due to the Nazare Canyon – a tectonic submarine canyon, which is associated with the geological fault. Waves are able to achieve greater speed due to the geological fault, hence arriving on the coast without losing energy. This canyon is located 1640 feet away from the coast.