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Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

1. Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

The Berlengas archipelago is situated 16km west of Peniche, a powerful granite block which belongs to the parish of St. Peter, in the Peniche municipality. The archipelago is a protected area that includes various nature reserves and is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011. Depart from the harbor of Peniche and enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride along the turquoise sea waters. Arrive at the Berlengas harbor from where you will be able to freely explore the archipelago. Start with a visit to the São João Baptista fort built in the 17th-century. This little fort is one of the most visually striking buildings in Portugal. After this, go for a swim at Praia do Carreiro do Mosteiro, the only beach that is accessible and safe to swim from. Next, find the café and restaurant on the island before taking the ferry back to Peniche

From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

2. From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

Benefit from pick-up in Lisbon city center, and then take a scenic drive to the shrine of Fatima. Learn more about the important Catholic pilgrimage site before going to the Gothic convent at Batalha. Admire the Manueline style of architecture typical of Portugal in the 16th century, and then enjoy a delicious lunch of regional food. Next, visit the beautiful seaside resort of Nazaré, popular with surfers and water sports fans. See the statue of the black Virgin Mary by Saint Joseph and look at the colorful fishing boats on the sandy beach from the top of the rock. Try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja in the medieval village of Obidos, and soak up the fairytale atmosphere of the cobbled paths and small medieval houses. Browse the handicraft stores along narrow streets, and then journey back to Lisbon through the lovely landscapes of central Portugal.

Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

3. 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.

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: Fátima, Óbidos Medieval, Nazaré Atlantic Coast

7. From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos Medieval, Nazaré Atlantic Coast

Embark on a journey through the beautiful countryside of Portugal, toward Fatima one of the most important Marian shrines in the world. A place that annually hosts more than five million visitors from all countries. Enjoy some free time and let yourself be embraced by its mysticism and buy some souvenirs for friends and family. Take a scenic drive to the town of Batalha, where you will find the majestic Monastery of Batalha, unique for its crossing of Gothic and Manueline styles. Arriving Nazaré have free time for lunch in this colourful and traditional fishing village set over a sea of intense blue. Visit the cliffs, site of the famous legend of Nazaré. Continue this wonderful journey to the  charming medieval village of Obidos, a treasure of western Portugal, a village that holds centuries of history within its walls.

Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

8. Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

Make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Fátima and see the homes of the 3 little shepherds who saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Learn the story of the miracle and get some free time to explore the basilicas and chapel by yourself. Next, visit Batalha Monastery and marvel at the largest Gothic monument in Portugal. Hear the history of the building and learn the legend of Henry the Navigator who helped put the nation on the map. Continue to Alcobaça Monastery, founded by the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques, in 1153. Hear the tragic story of King Pedro I and his beloved Inês de Castro, murdered on the orders of his father. Get stunning views from the beach at Nazaré and the clifftop village of Sítio. Enter the basilica of Our Lady of Nazaré to look at the famous black statue of the Virgin. End with a visit to the village of Óbidos and taste a typical cherry liqueur. Stroll the medieval streets of the village or walk up to the historical castle.

From Lisbon: Private Óbidos Sightseeing Tour

9. From Lisbon: Private Óbidos Sightseeing Tour

Immerse yourself in the local culture of Óbidos with a tour of the UNESCO heritage town, tastings of local delicacies, a visit to Santa Cruz, and more. Start the tour by cruising the romantic, narrow streets of Óbidos up to the town’s castle. Taste the traditional local liquor, Ginjinha, and visit the unique Bacalhôa Buddha Eden, known as a tranquire artistic space. Explore Torres Vedras, known for its history of Napoleonic invasions, traditional Portuguese windmills, vineyards, mountains, and bean pastry. Taste the traditional delicacy and, after lunch, head to the coastal village of Santa Cruz where you can relax, restore your energy, and enjoy nature. To end the tour, see the historical local windmill where people still make homemade bread, learn how it works, and taste some authentic worm bread before returning to Lisbon.

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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 640 reviews

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.

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.

Primarily based around churches and places of worship, there is an enormous amount to see and take in. A great day out with Antonio, who is extremely knowledgeable, very capable and great fun. Thankyou.

The service is good.100%.Thank you also for the driver who can pick me fr the hotel,his name is Iman. Thank you too for all the assistant.they helping me always.❤️.

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