Religion, Monuments and the Power of the Sea
Fátima is one of the key centers for the Cult of the Virgin Mary in Portugal. The Sanctuary annually welcomes hundred of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, coming to participate in the celebrations that commemorate the apparitions of Our Lady to the three witness of Fátima.
Tomar used to be the religious centre for the Knights Templar. This secretive and powerful religious order once ruled from the Convento de Cristo, one of the chief works of the Portuguese Renaissance, regarded as one of Portugal's finest national monuments.
Alcobaça - with its building modelled on the Abbey of Claraval, the headquarters of the Cistercian Order in France, the Monastery of Alcobaça is a very fine monument and is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
A typical fishing town, Nazaré is also a very pleasant summer resort. The Nazare North Canyon it's one of the largest submarine canyons in Europe and its presence creates special conditions for the build up of giant waves, uniques in Portugal.
Óbidos - Must go!
We will go directly from Lisbon to Fátima or another city. Choose any 4 of the 5 presented:
If you wish to visit them all, we can divide the time, according to your preferences. Lunch time is when and where you decide it. The route its also very flexible, we can spend more time where you want to.
In Fatima, where the religious feeling is very strong, the size of the Sanctuary makes us feel very small.
Passing through Tomar and Alcobaça, we can see the exultation of the history of the country in architectural, sacred, military and civil art, representative of an immense wealth coming from the discoveries.
Nazaré is a lovely little fishing village, where the imposing presence of the sea and the relationship of men with it are a constant; here, the best fish and the best seafood go directly from the boats to the restaurants' grills.
Obidos; you have to see and feel it, to know why it was the village of the queens of Portugal; my words are not enough.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise terminal, at your hotel or at any other location of your preference.
End location: End location: In the same place we've started, or another one you prefer.
Duration: 9 hours
SUV - Nissan Qashqai - with panoramic roof and Air Conditioned
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EURO - Entrance fees at the National Monuments
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Rui was a wonderful guide. He was extremely accomodating for us to understand what we wanted to see and allowed us ample time to explore the sights we wanted to visit. Some people might prefer a bit more historical information but we thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with Rui and were very satisfied.