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Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

1. Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims on a full-day sightseeing tour of Central Portugal from Lisbon. Transfer from the Portuguese capital, and drive through a vast variety of landscapes. Your first stop will be the extraordinary town of Fátima, where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before 3 children every month between May 1917 and October 1917. Now one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, the complex contains the tombs of 2 of the young shepherd children, the crown of the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions, and a section of the Berlin Wall (said to be a tribute to God’s part in the fall of communism) . Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) far from the tourist crowds, and get a taste for authentic Portuguese food. Continue to the fishing port of Nazaré for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular with surfers, Nazaré was the site of a 79-foot wave, surfed by Garrett McNamara in 2011. Finally, tour the picturesque town of Óbidos, taken from the Muslims in 1148. Forming part of the dowry of numerous Portuguese queens, Óbidos maintains its medieval feel inside the old city walls, with cobblestone streets and flower-bedecked houses.

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Full-Day Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos Tour

2. 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.

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Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

3. 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.

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From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Obidos Private Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Obidos Private Tour

Explore 4 cities on a private tour from Lisbon. Depart Lisbon and head toward Fatima to visit Cova de Iria, home to the Sanctuary of Fátima's place of prayers and monuments. The Chapel of the Apparitions, considered the heart of the Sanctuary, was built in 1919, in the exact location where the Apparitions took place. In addition to the Chapel of Apparitions, enjoy a visit of the complete Sanctuary. Head then to Batalha. Classified in 1983 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Monastery of Batalha results in one of the most imposing Gothic monuments in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view over the beach of Nazare from 'Sitio,' the highest point of the village. Nazare is a traditional fisherman's village in Portugal, now a busy summer destination, which has kept its maritime traditions. Conclude your tour in the fortified village of Obidos, one of the ex-libris of Portuguese heritage. Prepare to be surprised by this medieval village surrounded by the walls of the Castle of Obidos. Taste the traditional sour cherry liqueur called Ginjinha in a chocolate cup.

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos Medieval, Nazaré Atlantic Coast

5. 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.

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From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

6. From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

Travel from the bustle of Lisbon to Fátima to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and see the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Church of the Holy Trinity. View the elegant Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary which has been visited by many Catholic pilgrims and tourists. Next, stop in Batalha to visit the monastery and appreciate one of the most important Gothic sites in Portugal which took over a century to build. Journey to Alcobaça, to marvel at the famous Convent of Alcobaça. Head to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you have the option to stop for lunch to try the fresh fish while admiring a wonderful sea view. Enjoy visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré and learn more about the Legend of Nazaré. Finally, drive to the medieval town of Óbidos to go to the fortifications at the Castle of Óbidos. Drink like a local with cup of Ginjinha de Óbidos, served in a chocolate cup.

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Lisbon: Obidos Medieval Village and Monasteries Tour

7. Lisbon: Obidos Medieval Village and Monasteries Tour

Travel to the charming town of Óbidos and the coastal town Nazaré on a day trip from Lisbon. Expand your knowledge of Portuguese history as you explore these ancient settlements. Stop by the Gothic monastery of Batalha and the Baroque monastery of Alcobaça. Be picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon and relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned car as you drive to the town of Óbidos. Admire the well-preserved examples of medieval architecture in this hilltop town which is surrounded by fortifications. Travel to the picturesque seaside village of Nazaré. Take in sweeping views of its long sandy beaches and white buildings with red roofs. Watch as surfers try to catch one of the large waves that the town is famous for. Drive to the 12th century monastery of Alcobaça. View the rose window and see the catholic monastic complex where Portuguese royalty was once laid to rest. Continue to the monastery of Batalha to see its imposing Manueline Gothic architecture before returning to Lisbon.

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Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour

8. Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour

Day 1: On the first day of your private adventure, discover many of the historic sights that Lisbon - Portugal's capital city has to offer. First, see Saint George's Castle, one of the few vestiges of Arabic culture in the city. Admire the building which has witnessed multiple reconstructions since Roman times and is today one of the most visited monuments in the country. Then, head over to Alfama, the oldest quarter in Lisbon. Discover the small alleyways of the Medina which acted as the perfect defensive system during the 8th to 12th century. Continue into Lisbon's downtown Baixa neighborhood and learn about the terrible earthquake of 1755 which influenced Portuguese history and architecture forever.  Finally, explore the Belem or Bethlehem district to the west of central Lisbon. Marvel at how this area combines historic monuments, fascinating museums, and attractive gardens, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary. See the place where the shipyards and harbors used to be from where Portuguese explorers in the 15th-century set out to discover sea routes to India, Africa, and Brazil. Day 2: On the second day, visit the enchanting small village of Sintra which boasts a great concentration of historic palaces and interesting monuments. Your guide will give you information about all of the attractions you can visit and the choice is yours for what you would like to see. Then, head to Cabo de Roca - the most western point in Europe. Marvel at 165-meter-high Lighthouse which dates back to 1772. After this, continue to the beach town of Cascais, known for its picturesque streets and fishing village charm. Stop at one of the many restaurants serving fresh seafood. Return to Lisbon taking the coast road with stunning panoramas of the sea and Estoril. The town is known for its famous casino which boasts the largest gambling room in Europe and was made famous by Ian Fleming's Jame Bond novel 'Casino Royal'. Day 3: On the final day of your tour, set off to explore the Sanctuary of Fatima. Here, find various chapels including the Chapel of the Apparitions and have the option to attend a Mass. Visit the Monastery of Batalha another important landmark in the history of Portugal. Next, continue on to the scenic village of Nazare which has an intense past that is best portrayed in its architectural heritage. Admire the many picturesque churches and traditional houses. Lastly, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Obidos. Step back in time, as you walk through the beautiful and narrow streets full of traditional shops, and white painted old houses. Return to Lisbon where your 3-day experience concludes.

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Lisbon: Tomar, Obidos and Nazaré Private Tour

9. Lisbon: Tomar, Obidos and Nazaré Private Tour

Visit three of Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this private tour from Lisbon. First stop is the scenic village of Obidos, where you will walk around and admire the medieval streets and buildings dating back hundreds of years. Next stop is the village of Tomar, famous for its castle. Learn about the strong legacy left over from Roman times. See the monument to the Knights Templar as well as the Convent Of Christ. Continue to the historical fishing village of Nazare to take in its breathtaking views. Then take a walk around the Monastery of Batalha, built in the Gothic style of architecture.

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From Lisbon: Wonders of Ancient Portugal Private Guided Tour

10. From Lisbon: Wonders of Ancient Portugal Private Guided Tour

Following a pickup from your location in Lisbon, travel in an air-conditioned, 8-seater vehicle to the Sanctuary of Fátima, a group of Catholic religious buildings and structures. Learn about the miracle of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to local shepherd children in 1917 and enjoy free time to explore. Next, discover the stunning 14th-century Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the centre of Portugal. Visit the Founder’s Chapel, the cloisters, and see the unfinished chapels as well. After some free time for a lunch of local cuisine and wine, the tour continues onto the charming fishing village of Nazaré where you’ll witness the big waves and some stunning coastal views. On the way back to Lisbon, the last stop it will be at Óbidos, an ancient fortified city that remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture where you can explore the village inside the castle walls. Filled with beautiful little streets and lots of handmade products, you may feel as through you have stepped back into the medieval era. Continue back in comfort to the starting point of your tour.

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What people are saying about Obidos

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4.7 / 5

based on 262 reviews

We spent a wonderful day with Tanya, our guide. We had a lot to do in one day, so our time at each stop wasn't very long, but long enough to enjoy the beauty of each place. We particularly enjoyed watching the surfers at Nazare and lunch Paul Caetano. Tanya was an excellent host---both knowledgeable and funny! We highly recommend this tour.

Great tour with the right amount of history and culture blended in with a medieval town and beach area! One of my highlights from trip to LISBON! Tania, our guide, was EXCELLENT! She went out of her way to involve EVERYONE! And she was knowledgeable and went out of her way to ensure that we all had a great time! Super Tour!

I’m so glad I did this tour! Tanya was an amazing guide. The amount of time in each location was just enough, and all were very worthwhile places to go. I highly recommend going on this tour if you’re in Lisbon and want to travel outside the city.

It was a lovely day to travel from Lisbon. Tania, our guide was terrific: welcoming to all, friendly, informative with just the right amount of talking points with details. A "just right" amount of time at each location.

I really enjoyed every minute of this tour, the guide call Igor do a great job, he love so much his country.