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Obidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Batalha, Fatima - full day
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Travel northwards through the countryside by a landscape of vineyards, cork trees, pine and eucalyptus forests.
Beautiful Portuguese typical homes with  laid out gardens and an outlook of windmills toping the hills, make us
feel we left the big city.
We step back in time when we arrive at the stunning and very ancient walled town called Obidos. A medieval
city surrounded by the walls of the castle with picturesque narrow streets, whitewashed houses, iron balconies,
flower pots in every window. Inhabited by Romans and Arabs, this was the dwelling place of the Portuguese
court for more than 500 years.
We’ll walk through the feudal streets up to the main square close to the highest castle-tower, from where you
can enjoy a nice view over the countryside and Obidos. Walking the ramparts, visitors can enjoy views of
windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands. Time to visit the many handicraft shops and wine taverns
with the local liqueur “Ginginha”. Just walk around and let the streets lead you into the steep alleyways with
colourfully framed houses.

Drive to Alcobaca and stop in this charming ancient town. You may wish to visit the XII century Alcobaca
Monastery. Is one of the few European monuments that has managed to preserve intact an entire group of
medieval buildings and its church is the largest early Gothic creation in Portugal. Moreover, it’s the longest
church in the country, an amazing construction which resisted time and earthquakes. See in the transept the
tombs of king Pedro and Ines, the 2 lovers of the most dramatic Portuguese love story.
Entering through the kings room we access to the main cloister, from where we may visit the monks
accommodations.
The cloisters are worthwhile a stopover: wander around the garden, kitchen, cellar, refectory, chapter house,
dormitory,and learn how monks used to live in this centenary monastery.
Batalha monastery private guided tour

Free time for lunch in Nazare, the most colourful of Portuguese fishing villages and the richest fishing region in  Portugal. A lot of restaurants
serve a great variety of the local speciality, which is of course fish and seafood.
Narrow streets with white-washed houses where one can still see fishermen and their wives wearing traditional clothes, brightly painted
boats, with their high pointed prows, and its sizable beach with locals drying the fish on wire racks. This seaside resort is also famous for its
beautiful handicraft, made by fishermen’s wives while the husband is at sea, fishing.
After lunch, go up to the cliff called Sitio. Located on a rocky promontory over 100m above the main part of the town, Sitio provides
wonderful views over the bay and beach of Nazaré.

Continue to XIV century Batalha Monastery, the supreme achievement of gothic architecture in Portugal. Manueline additions in the 15th
and 16th centuries, gave the monastery it's finer detail. Here you can admire the highest church in Portugal.
You should not miss the Royal Pantheon with the tombs of the Portuguese “Conquerors of the Sea” – the so-called “Magnificent generation”,
the remarkable Manueline cloister, the chapter house with guards keeping watch by the tombs of two unknown soldiers and the Unfinished
Chapels with an incomparable Manueline portal.

Finally Fatima - the center of Christian faith and a local of world's pilgrimage. See the chapel on the place where Our Lady appeared to the
shepherds, the Basilica and the vast square where people crawl on their knees towards the heart of the shrine, in a impressive sign of faith
and devotion, lightning a candle, praying and making a vow to Our Lady or fulfilling a promise. Religious services can be attended. Visit also
Aljustrel with the humble houses where the shepherds lived.
 
...Perched on a hill rising out of an agricultural plain, Óbidos is one of Portugal’s picturesque gems. From
its lofty centre one gazes upon expanses of vineyards speckled with whirling windmills and terracotta-
roofed homesteads. Nearer, narrow cobbled streets, lined typically with whitewashed, bougainvillaea-
draped houses, wind up to the walled interior. The region was the westernmost limit of the Roman
Empire. Under Portuguese rule, Obidos flourished into a major trading port. Every Portuguese queen was
given Obidos as a wedding present. Obidos continues to be a popular destination during the summer,
when tourists jam the streets to explore the city’s medieval charm....
Obidos castle excursion
 
Alcobaça monastery day trip
 
...The city of Alcobaça became notable after the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, decided to build there
a Monastery to celebrate the conquest of Santarém. It’s one of the most magnificent gothic monuments in the
country and was the first Gothic building in Portugal, started in the 12th century. Over the centuries this
monastery had an important role on Portuguese culture. The Cistecian monks in Alcobaça dedicated their lives
to meditation, working and teaching. They created the first public school in Portugal, which was begun in 1269,
and the use of the land for farming purposes, providing a genuine agricultural training ground, the fruits of which
are still visible today...
 
…Possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal, Nazaré is unique in many ways. It has an atmosphere
of times gone by, contentment and traditions, which continue to thrive, which make it a special place to visit.
Along the seafront of Nazaré, people still dry their catch of fish in the sun and mend their boats alongside
sunbathing holidaymakers. A throng of craft shops and cafes stretches the length of the Avenida Marginal,
as well as restaurants serving a great variety of the local speciality, which is of course fish. Until not too long
ago, fishermen were still seen using oxen to pull their brightly painted boats from the ocean and even today
many locals still wear their characteristic traditional costumes: the fishermen have check shirts and trousers,
and the women wear several layers of petticoats. The fishing boats are Phoenician in design with bright
colours and eyes painted on the vessels, supposedly with the magical power to avert storms…
Nazare shore tour
 
Batalha travel guide
 
...In the XIV century, king Ferdinand died without a male heir to the throne; this originated the most significant civil
war in Portugal, involving England and Spain. The winner, king John I, ordered the construction of this Monastery
in homage to his victory and to be his Royal Pantheon. In fact, he started also what would become known as the
“Magnificent Generation”, those Monarchs who gave the impulse and consolidated the gigantic Portuguese Empire.
The Monastery was to be the Portuguese monarchy's main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly
original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art...
 
...The Catholic Church regards the three parts of the Fatima Secret and the total Fatima message to be important
and of great value to the spiritual lives of its people. It consists only of prophecies about the new condition of
the Church in the world....  Fatima and its Secret do present us with something deeply serious, for they bring us
face to face with the mysteries of eternal life. Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions.
Faith and prayer are forces which can influence history and that in the end prayer is more powerful than bullets
and faith more powerful than armies...
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