ANNUALLY, THE BIG WAVES OF NAZARÉ CHALLENGE THE BEST BIG RIDERS IN THE WORLD AND AWAKEN THE INTEREST OF THE MANY TOURISTS WHO VISIT THE VILLAGE LOCATED IN THE WEST REGION OF PORTUGAL.
THE NAZARÉ CANYON IS THE LARGEST IN EUROPE AND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD. THIS IS THE PHENOMENON THAT GIVES ORIGIN OF THE GIANT WAVES AT PRAIA DO NORTE
Between the months of October and March, incredible mountains of water are formed that provide intense sessions, stunning images and even a tow-in competition.
At Praia do Norte, Nature finds space to express itself in its most brute force, but also in the most beautiful way. Compared to what happens on the rest of the Portuguese coast, the waves are bigger due to a rare geomorphological phenomenon, which consists of a fault in the continental plate, whose definition begins about 500 meters from the coast.
In order for giant waves to form, conditions need to be located in terms of swell size and period, as well as in terms of wind and swell direction.
The Nazaré Canyon also has effects on the animal life in the area. This has many species, since its action is to generate water rich in nutrients on the surface.