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Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

1. Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

Your tour begins with hotel pick-up in Lisbon before departing for Fátima, home to one of the largest shrines in the world, which attracts more than 5 million visitors each year. Once there, visit the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, a modern church completed in 2007. Then, stop and take your pick of religious articles or other products to get blessed at your next stop, the sanctuary. The Sanctuary is where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared and left 3 messages to the small shepherd: the end of the First World War, the end of Communism, and the attack on Pope John Paul the Second. After the sanctuary, you’ll continue your visit to the Monastery of Batalha, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This impressive convent was built by King John I of Portugal to thank the Virgin Mary following the battle of Aljubarrota against Spanish troops on the 14 August 1385 Next, visit Nazaré, near the ocean. Relax as you admire the wonderful beach, charming fishermen’s houses, and amazing cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean. Feel free to visit the top of the cliff, where the famous Nazaré legend took place. After lunch, continue with a visit to the village of Óbidos. A major center of Portugal’s historical heritage, the town is home to amazing churches and historic castle walls along its perimeter. Then it’s back to your hotel in Lisbon, where this day of fascinating cultural and religious history will end.

Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

2. Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

Take a full-day, multi-city tour that brings you to some of Portugal's most popular medieval and 20th-century architectural and religious marvels, beginning in Lisbon and ending in Fátima. Depart from Lisbon by bus at 9:00 and head to Óbidos, the 'wedding present town'. This is the town that King Dinis gave to his bride, Queen Isabel, on their wedding day in 1282. This romantic village is surrounded by the 45-foot-high walls of a medieval Moorish castle, the famous Pousada do Castelo. Stop for lunch in colorful Nazaré, a traditional Portuguese fishing village. If time permits, head to Sítio to enjoy a beautiful view of the beach and ocean. Then, kick off the afternoon with a trip to Batalha Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful stained-glass windows and the Manueline-style Royal Cloister. Arrive at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a center of Catholic faith and globally recognized pilgrimage destination. Housed in the Basilica are the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta, peasant children who, despite threats, never denied witnessing the apparition of Mary. The heart of the shrine is in the Chapel of Apparitions. Schedule permitting, you can attend Mass. Afterwards, you will return to Lisbon on a route that takes you through a rich agricultural region.

Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour

3. Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour

This 8-hour from Lisbon stops first at Fátima, where the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred. Explore the Sanctuary and experience the peaceful environment of this pilgrimage site. Visit the Chapel of the Apparition and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the houses of the little shepherds as well. Continue the journey to Nazare, known around the world for its giant waves and McNamara's world record for the largest wave ever surfed. Enjoy lunch at the beach and see the giant waves for yourself. Next stop is Óbidos, a place of ancient legends and miracles. Enter the walls of the most romantic village in Portugal and experience what it was like to live in medieval times.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Fátima and learn why millions of pilgrims make their way to the sanctuary each year. Continue to Batalha to see some of the best 14th-century architecture in Portugal, including the monastery built in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota. Next, go to the charming seaside town of Nazaré and savor some fresh fish at lunch (own expense). Take a scenic coastal drive through São Martinho do Porto and the Óbidos Lagoon en route to the medieval walled village of Óbidos. Stroll around the cobbled streets and taste some authentic ginjinha (cherry liqueur).

From Lisbon: Óbidos Experience

5. From Lisbon: Óbidos Experience

Take a journey to one of the oldest and best-preserved places in Portugal: the town of Óbidos. Your trip will last approximately 1-hour. Feel free to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in western Portugal for the next 55 miles.  The village of Óbidos was probably founded by the Celts in 308 BC. Recent studies have led experts to believe that Óbidos was part of the ancient Roman city of Eburobrittium. The village was later occupied by the barbarians and then by the Moors. The first King of Portugal, Alphonse I, conquered the village from the Moors on the 11th of January 1148.   In the 18th century, Óbidos still held its noble status as a place for the royal summer holidays. King John V stayed in Óbidos for eight years on the advice of his doctors to go bathing in Caldas da Rainha to treat his arthritis and obesity.  On arrival in this charming village some of the places of interest are as follows: Town Gate or Our Lady of Sorrow, patron saint of Óbidos: You can see the inscription: “The Virgin, Our Lady, was conceived without original sin”, which dates back to the 17th century, to the time of John IV.  Marvel at the 18th century tiles that represent scenes of the Passion of Christ. St. Peter’s Church: Saint Peter’s Church has a medieval foundation and still has its original portal. It was renovated in the second half of the 16th century. The church has a single nave and a superb altarpiece in baroque woodwork from the architectural period of King John V. Pousada of Óbidos: The Pousada of Óbidos was the first in Portugal to be built from an historical building. It is located inside what was once the Paço do Alcaide. Notice the beautiful Manueline windows and the doorway with an ornate lintel molded in the fashion of intertwined tree-trunks. St. James Church: Over the centuries, during their stays in Óbidos, the royal family attended the St. James Church, founded by King Sancho in 1186. St. Mary’s Church of Óbidos: Legend has it that St. Mary’s Church of Óbidos is located in the exact same place as the old Visigoth temple used to be. The temple was later turned into a mosque. When the Christian conquest by Alphonse I took place in 1148, it became a Catholic church. Inside St. Mary’s Church, one can admire the splendid collection of tiles that cover the walls. Don’t miss the tomb of D. João de Noronha, mayor of Óbidos in the 16th century, a masterpiece by the sculptor Nicolau Chanterene. 

Full-Day Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos Tour

6. Full-Day Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos Tour

Following a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon, you’ll travel in an air-conditioned, 8-seat vehicle to the Fatima Sanctuary. Learn about the miracle of the apparition of the Virgin to local shepherd children in 1917.  Next, your 8-hour tour moves west to the coast, with a stop at Batalha to visit the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most fascinating Gothic monuments in Europe. King John I of Portugal built the monastery to give thanks to the Virgin Mary over a battle against Spanish troops in 1385. After lunch, you’ll visit Sítio, a clifftop village that offers some of the best views in Portugal. From high on the cliffs surrounding Nazaré, you’ll learn about the legend of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré. The statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is one of the oldest Christian art pieces. Continuing on, you’ll fall in love with the colorful, romantic village of Obidos. Its winding streets and medieval structures, castle walls and handicraft shops make this stop the highlight of the trip for many people. You’ll have the opportunity here to taste the typical liquor of this region known as ginjinha, or simply ginja.

From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

7. From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

Step back in time and enjoy a private tour through streets of the walled town of Óbidos, the best-preserved "museum village" in Portugal. Also, visit the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, one of the biggest 18th-century baroque palaces in Europe. Explore Óbidos, which was conquered by Portugal´s first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal’s history. Here you will visit the various highlights of the Fortified village of Óbidos. Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts. Discover the palace of Mafra. A magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palaces from the 18th century. Learn about its construction, which began on November 17, 1717, integrating four buildings in one: the palace, the convent, the basilica, and a library. The complex covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 sqm2). It includes an incredible 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways, and 29 inner yards and courtyards. Walkthrough the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 m long) that is made of limestone and marble from the Óbidos, Pêro Pinheiro, and Sintra regions.  Go inside the library, one of the most important in Europe. The impressive library has an enormous variety of books, more than 30.000 volumes, from the XVth to the XVIIIth century. Look up to see two massive towers flanking the palace. Next, see the basilica, a “centerpiece” of the facade having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, commissioned by D. João V. Note that If you are visiting in July, Óbidos castle hosts a traditional ‘Medieval Market’. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with daily parades, hundreds of entertainers and stall workers dressed as traditional merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers, and more. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.

Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazare and Obidos: The Blue West

8. Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazare and Obidos: The Blue West

Depart from Lisbon and arrive to Fatima, to experience the strong spiritual energy of its Sanctuary. Visit Batalha Monastery, a World Heritage site. It is one of the most magnificent examples of European flamboyant style and a great opportunity if you want to appreciate the uniqueness of the final version of Portuguese Gothic style. Discover Alcobaça Monastery, a World Heritage site with astonishing medieval gothic architecture.  Inside listen to the most beautiful love story of medieval times. Explore the small and charming town of Nazaré. Discover the beach where the intense blue transforms itself into gigantic waves! Finally, the town of Óbidos will open its doors to you in all its intense beauty. Enjoy the architecture, the small streets and the medieval castle. During the tour, try the famous Ginjinha, a local liquor.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Tour

9. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Tour

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Lisbon, and then relax on the 1-hour drive to the Sanctuary of Fátima. Pass historical villages on the way to one of the most famous pilgrim sites in the world. Learn about the Marian apparitions on a guided tour of the old and new monuments, and get some free time to look inside the Chapel of the Apparitions or other structures. Then, head to the Dominican convent of the Monastery of Batalha. Hear a tragic love story from Portuguese history, and then get some free time to try the local food and wine during lunch. Continue to the charming fishing village of Nazaré to visit a 16th-century shrine and take in the stunning views. Move on to the walled city of Óbidos to stroll the medieval streets and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Taste a traditional ginjinha liquor before the return drive to Lisbon.

Fátima: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

10. Fátima: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

Enjoy a full-day private excursion from Lisbon to Fátima, one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Catholic world. In addition to the Sanctuary you’ll see the house of Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, the 3 young shepherds who claimed to have seen the apparition of the Virgin Mary. In 1917, when news of the apparition of the Virgin Mary spread, this once-sleepy rural village turned into an important Catholic pilgrimage site. Visit Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary (Nossa Senhora de Fátima Santuario), a place of worship visited each year by more than 4 million pilgrims, who come to pay their respects and worship at the shrine. You’ll see the Chapel of the Apparitions, built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to the 3 young shepherds, and also see the tombstones of 2 of the 3 shepherds who reported the apparition.  In Batalha you’ll visit the monastery and admire its gothic architecture. In the old fishing village of Nazaré, you’ll take in the belvedere over the beach area and the headlands. Finish off with a stop in medieval Óbidos before heading back to Lisbon.

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Debrah was incredibly friendly and welcoming, and she created a wonderful atmosphere of knowledge & history. I was particularly excited about visiting Batalha, and she gave us a little extra time so that I could buy a ticket to visit the other parts of the cathedral, and it was really a dream come true. She had a perfect balance of discussing the place we were in and letting us explore on our own.

Pudimos reservar este tour un día antes, y todo salir muy bien. El viaje fue según lo planeado, visitamos los lugares indicados en la reservación. El Sr. Jose nos recogió en el hotel en tiempo, nos indicaba los lugares a donde nos dirigimos y nos oriento correctamente.

Igor was a fantastic enthusiastic guide. He was punctual and explained all the time clearly what the program would be so that we knew exactly what to expect. He has a very good knowledge of the area we visited. I can recommend him hundred percent.

We had a great guide in Lues and we visited 3 wonderful places. I was lucky to have my picture taken with the niece of Francisco and Jacinta in their village and that was amazing beyond words.

Our driver, Gil, was very nice and helpful, gave us more than enough time at every stop, if you get him as your guide, you can look forward to a superb day