Nazare is famous for its traditionally clad women who—at least according to local lore—wear skirts with seven petticoats. Is that one for each day, or for the seven colors of the rainbow, or ...? Make up your own legend. While the story you’ll hear may be an invention for the tourists, it contains an element of truth. In the old days, women would wait on the beach for their fishermen to sail home. To keep warm in the face of a cold sea wind, they’d wear several petticoats so they could fold layers over their heads, backs, and legs as needed. Even today, older and more traditional women wear skirts made bulky by several—but maybe not seven—petticoats. The ensemble—with boldly clashing colors—is completed with house slippers, a hand-embroidered apron, woolen cape, headscarf, and flamboyant jewelry, including chunky gold earrings (often passed down from mother to daughter).