Get to Know Portugal with a Local.
Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour
The town of Fatima is one of the largest pilgrimage centers of the Catholic world, attracting an average of 6 million visitors a year. It was in this small town, that on May 13 of 1917, the Virgin Mary has made the first appeared to three shepherd children to reveal his message of peace. Currently this place covers an area twice the size of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, and is called "Altar of the World".
The Sanctuary of Fatima
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima is one of the most important and iconic Marian Sanctuary in the world. During the apparitions of Our Lady, She asked to three shepherd to build a chapel there. Over the years the sanctuary was been taking larger to accommodate the massive amount of pilgrims who came to pay their Faith statements. Currently the sanctuary consists of the Central Square, Chapel of the Apparitions, Basilica of the Holy Trinity and Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima Basilica’s, place where are buried the three shepherd childrens.
Chapel of the Apparitions
It is one of the place most sought by visitors and pilgrims. It was here that occurred the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima on a holm oak tree. The tree has disappeared because the pilgrims drew its branches to save as a religious relic. Today, in its place, it is placed the known image of Our Lady of Fatima and was built around it the Chapel that was requested by the Virgin Mother to the children. Who goes to Fatima never fails to light a candle, whether by family or an order or promise, and so there is a place next to the Chapel of the Apparitions, which are lit thousands of candles, a variety of ways throughout the day. It is impossible to remain indifferent to the sound of candles burning and melting, with the climate and whisper prayers, making this unique and symbolically comforting place.
The Basilica of the Rosary was begun in 1928 in neo-Baroque style and was finally completed its construction in 1953. On this basilica we can find the place where the mortal remains of three shepherd children are, and we also can appreciate the architectural grandeur of this place of worship. Over the years, this basilica became too small to cope with the huge number of visitors and faithful and in 2007 was opened one of the largest architectural works of our time: the Basilica of the Holy Trinity. With the ability to receive over 8,600 people, is the fourth largest Catholic temple in the world and the decor is inspired by a Byzantine and Orthodox style.
Monastery of Batalha
The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, known as the Batalha Monastery, is located in the town of Batalha and its situated on very few kilometers from the town of Fatima. As thanks to the Virgin Mary for the victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota, El King John 1st of Portugal orders the building in 1386, a Dominican monastery. For 7 reigns, or 2 centuries, the monastery has undergone several evolutions in its construction, there can be seen the only crossing of styles between the Gothic and Manuelino. Inside the monastery you can visit some points of interest such as Major Chapel and Founder's Chapel, the Chapter Room, Royal Cloister and imperfect Chapels of D. Duarte. Currently this monastery is considered a National Monument and Heritage of Humanity, and in July 2007 was elected one of the seven wonders of Portugal.
Nazaré has become a popular tourist attraction, advertising itself internationally as a picturesque seaside village. Located on the Atlantic coast, it has long sandy beaches (considered by some to be among the best beaches in Portugal), with lots of tourists in the summer. The town used to be known for its traditional costumes worn by the fishermen and their wives who wore a traditional headscarf and embroidered aprons over seven flannel skirts in different colours. These dresses can still occasionally be seen.
The town of Óbidos
Inside of the Óbidos Castle walls arises the Vila that throughout history has been growing and developing its medieval culture as well as local businesses. We can be dazzled by fantastic sights like the "Rua Direita", “Porta do Vale” and the “Pelourinho" which gives the village a richness of heritage material. Being a medieval village, the Catholic Church is largely the architectural heritage of Óbidos, it is possible to visit inside and outside the village five churches, a chapel, two Hermitage and the iconic Shrine of Lord Jesus of Stone.
The Óbidos Castle dates back to its origin on the Roman period and was fortified and inhabited by Arabs, which later was reconquered by the Christians. With Medieval, Moorish and Manuelino characteristics, this castle can enjoy the crossroads of several generations and cultures for its buildings and building styles. Situated high on a hill, the Óbidos Castle served as a strong town and strategic point in the reconquest of Portugal from the Moors.
DURATION OF THE TOUR : 8H
PICKUP TIME: 09H:00
PICKUP LOCATION: HOTEL OR APARTAMENT IN LISBON
NOT INCLUDED: lunch, entrances on monuments and museums
Family with childs