The land of Nevrast
lay at the coast of the Great Sea
. The name means Hither Shore
, as opposed to the Distant Shore
and was originally applied to all the shores of Beleriand
(although Nevrast was usually not included in West Beleriand
Nevrast was the centre of an Elven kingdom of Turgon for about a century until ca. 125 F.A., when the people began their trek to Gondolin. Turgon's capital (and it seems the only city of Nevrast) was Vinyamar. The land was not permanently inhabited after that, and indeed was utterly abandoned until Tuor came there, guided by Ulmo.
Nevrast was the first part of Beleriand the Noldor settled, but was previously inhabited by Sindar. Nevrast's population was soon very mixed, far more so than any other region of Beleriand.