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From Lisbon: Nazaré and Óbidos Day Trip

1. From Lisbon: Nazaré and Óbidos Day Trip

Get out of the big city on a day trip with a local guide. Visit Óbidos, an authentic medieval village, see the looming Óbidos Castle and see the surfers at Nazaré Canyon. Meet your guide in Lisbon and head towards your first stop, Óbidos. See the many sights of this national heritage town and learn about their history from your guide. Climb up the Porta da Vila and get a stunning view of the town before heading towards Óbidos Castle. Continue to the 3km long Aqueduct before heading to see the Óbidos Lagoon, Portugal's largest salt lake. Join the locals in a stroll down Rua Dereita and stop in one of the shops to get a local craft or try the local Ginjinha, a cherry liqueur served in chocolate glasses. As you wander through town, stop at one of the local restaurants and enjoy a delicious traditional dish, soup of enguias. After you've finished lunch, return to your bus and head to Nazaré. Explore this small fishing village with your guide. Marvel at the Nazaré Canyon and spot the surfers catching massive waves. Stroll to the marina, see the many fishing and sailing boats, and snap a picture of the dried fruit vendors in colorful clothes. Finish your tour with a stop in Sítio at the Mirador de Subero for a stunning view of Nazaré. Get a postcard-perfect picture before heading back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça

2. Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça

After a pickup from your hotel, start the day with a visit to the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar. Gaze in awe at the various styles of architecture including Romanic, Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance. Learn about the history and legends of the Templar Order and the Christ Order. You will understand the role that the orders played in the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal and in the maritime discoveries. Discover the symbols inscribed in some stones allowing you to get involved in the mysticism of the secret orders. Next, visit the monastery of Holy Mary of Victory. This monastery, usually called Batalha, is not only the largest Portuguese gothic monument but also the birthplace of the Manueline style of architecture and the place where the first Portuguese stained glasses were made. Learn more about the architecture, history, and legends of the ones that started the maritime discoveries, like Henry the navigator, who is buried there. Your last stop will be at the Royal Abbey of Alcobaça where the largest Portuguese gothic church is. In this monument, you can admire the gothic architecture of the twelfth century and discuss the influence of the Order of Cister in the creation of the kingdom of Portugal. Listen to the tragic love story of King Pedro I, the cruel one, and his beloved Inês de Castro, who was murdered by his father's order. In your free time, you'll have the opportunity to savor lunch or a snack, buy souvenirs, and take photos at your own pace.

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.

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

4. 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.

Lisbon: Obidos Medieval Village and Monasteries Tour

5. 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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Apart from an initial misunderstanding regarding the meeting point, the excursion was really satisfying. Nazarè is a magical and fascinating place and in the lunch break we were able to take a swim in the ocean. Obidos definitely more touristic but still a place to see. The guide was patient in translating everything into both English and Spanish as the tourists were from different countries

Óbidos is well worth it and even more so if you go with a guide like Marisa who shows that she likes her job. Nazareth the beach area, coming from the Mediterranean nothing surprising, but if El Sitio, with and lighthouse and the Playa del Norte, beautiful the truth

The trip was amazing. Our guide made sure to make us feel very welcome and we even went together to a restaurant that she recommended. The views from Nazarre were stunning. The trip was really cheap compared to other agencies. I highly recommend it!!

We really liked this excursion, we made the most of the time. Our guide, Marisa, was lovely with us and explained all kinds of details. Óbidos exceeded my expectations, it is very much worth visiting.

The trip was so wonderful. The tour guide Carla was so informative and friendly. You could tell she loved this country and wanted to share information. It was well worth the trip