Nazaré is in the Leiria District of the Silver Coast area of Portugal and has three distinct neighbourhoods:
The beach (Praia)
An old village on top of a cliff (Sítio)
A second old village on a hill top (Pederneira)
The first inhabitants of the area lived in Pederneira and Sítio, high above the beach. This gave them shelter from the Viking raids, and later from the French, English and Dutch pirates. There is now a funicular railway connecting the Praia with Sítio.
The municipality of Nazaré is divided into 3 civil parishes (fregusias):
Valado dos Frades