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Óbidos, Batalha, Alcobaça & Fátima

Fátima, since 1917 pilgrims have not ceased to come to the Cova da Iria in thousands upon thousands from all parts of the world, at first on the 13th of each month. later during the summer and winter holidays, and now more and more at weekends and any day all the year round.

 

FD ÓBIDOS / BATALHA / ALCOBAÇA / FÁTIMA

(duration 10 hours)

Departure for “Oeste Region”- a fertile region, full of natural and cultural attractions.  Its landscapes, full of colour, varying with the seasons of the year, are dominated by thousands of hills with scattered whitewashed villages and the characteristic windmills that symbolise the West region.

The preserved medieval town of Óbidos lying 100 km north of Lisbon is without doubt one of Portugal's most classic walled settlements. Walking the ramparts, visitors can enjoy views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands. In the residential area below, narrow cobblestone streets are lined with whitewashed houses sporting terracotta roofs. The shops are piled high with local handicrafts, while in spring the town is ablaze with geraniums, morning glories and bougainvillaea.


Proceed to Alcobaça to visit the monumental Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria, founded in 1152 (classified in UNESCO's International Heritage list). Highlights to be seen inside: Gothic tombs of King Pedro I and Inês de Castro; cloisters; the Chapter House and immense kitchen.

Next stop will be the fishing village of Nazaré where a fresh fish lunch will be served.

In Batalha we will visit the Portuguese Gothic masterpiece and classified in UNESCO's International Heritage list, the Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery (14th-16th centuries) – a national landmark. Special mention must be made to the Founders' Chapel, with its magnificent stain-glassed windows, cloisters, Unfinished Chapels (Manueline) and Chapter Hall.

Fátima- one of the most important Marian centres of pilgrimage in the catholic world. Here we will visit the Basilica and  the Capelinha das Aparições. The famous sanctuary of Fátima attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, specially on the 13th of May and the 13th of October, to celebrate the appearances of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children.

Bus return to the hotel

 
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