BATALHA, ALCOBAÇA & MORE
batalha MONASTERY - ALCOBAÇA MONASTERY-
NAZARÉ beach or ÓBIDOS OR FATIMA
Love visiting beautiful churches and religious buildings? Admire the skill and craftsmanship of those who have gone before us? Visit beautiful sandy beaches and maybe catch a wave or 2. Or do you want to continue the historical exploration with a visit to a walled medieval town? Answer yes? This is the tour for you!
After pick up from your accommodation it is up the motorway to the medieval town of Batalha. We will stop here to explore the stunning 16th century monastery world renowned for its Flamboyant Gothic architecture. Enjoy a coffee in the square as you admire the surrounding architecture of the quintessential Portuguese town square. Then it is a short drive to the neighboring town of Alcobaça to discover a second monastery, final resting place of Pedro I and his ill-fated mistress, Inês de Castro.
From here, your afternoon can take a few different directions.
With the roof down we will drive out to the coastal town of Nazaré. This speck of a town is known for its large sandy beaches, beautiful coloured fishing boats and perhaps most importantly, its large waves. These waves are perhaps the largest in the world, and are well known amongst the surfing community as being the location of the largest wave ever surfed. We will dine on lunch whilst looking out across the mighty Atlantic Ocean before returning to Lisbon.
Spend time exploring the boutique shops and cozy streets of Alcobaça. Be sure to taste the famous ginja, a local cherry flavored liquor, from an edible chocolate cup. Visit the castle grounds and climb the city walls for amazing views of the town and the surrounding area!
A quick drive brings us to the town of Fatima. Known for its multiple religious sites and location of pilgrimage for millions of Catholics each year. Tour the stunning Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and other famous religious sites in the town.
Perhaps join a procession, go on pilgrimage, or consider an overnight stay with pick up the following day.