Things to do in Santarém District

Our most recommended things to do in Santarém District

From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

1. From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

Embark on a full-day tour of Fatima, Obidos, Batalha, and Nazaré from Lisbon. See the shrine of Fatima, explore the seaside resort of Nazaré, and enjoy liqueur tasting in Obidos. Benefit from pickup in Lisbon city center, and then take a scenic drive to the shrine of Fatima. Learn more about the important Catholic pilgrimage site before going to the Gothic convent at Batalha. Admire the Manueline style of architecture typical of Portugal in the 16th century, and then enjoy a delicious lunch of regional food. Next, visit the beautiful seaside resort of Nazaré, popular with surfers and water sports fans. See the statue of the black Virgin Mary by Saint Joseph and look at the colorful fishing boats on the sandy beach from the top of the rock. Try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja in the medieval village of Obidos (not included), and soak up the fairytale atmosphere of the cobbled paths and small medieval houses. Browse the handicraft stores along narrow streets, and then journey back to Lisbon through the lovely landscapes of central Portugal.

Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

2. Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

Travel to Fátima and Coimbra on a full-day trip from Porto. See the Shrine of Fátima and one of the oldest university cities in Europe. Choose from a tour with lunch and hotel pickup, a tour with lunch and a meeting point, or a tour with a meeting point.   Relax on the drive in an airconditioned vehicle to Fátima where apparitions of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared 3 children tending sheep in 1917.The miracle was recognized by the Vatican in 1930, and 3 different popes have been to Fátima since. Visit the stunning Neoclassical Basilica and Sanctuary, and can even have the option to attend mass in the Sanctuary. Spend some free time for lunch in the bustling city center which is full of modern-day pilgrims. Continue to Coimbra and discover the area that was Portugal’s only university city until the early 20th century. Founded in the 13th century, the hilltop college is one of the oldest in Europe. Today the university provides a backdrop to the city's charming streets.  Head to the Sé Nova Cathedral to see the only church in Portugal to survive the Reconquista almost intact. During the visit in Coimbra's historical center you can walk through the Quebra Costas, Arco da Almedina, Porta do Barbacã, and Rua Ferreira Borges. End at the University in the former buildings of the medieval Royal Palace. Among the highlights is the stunning Joanine Library with baroque details of red and green lacquer and trompe-l’oeil features. Return to Porto at the end of your tour.

Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

3. Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

Take a full-day, multi-city tour that brings you to some of Portugal's most popular medieval and 20th-century architectural and religious marvels, beginning in Lisbon and ending in Fátima. Depart from Lisbon by bus at 9:00 and head to Óbidos, the 'wedding present town'. This is the town that King Dinis gave to his bride, Queen Isabel, on their wedding day in 1282. This romantic village is surrounded by the 45-foot-high walls of a medieval Moorish castle, the famous Pousada do Castelo. Stop for lunch in colorful Nazaré, a traditional Portuguese fishing village. If time permits, head to Sítio to enjoy a beautiful view of the beach and ocean. Then, kick off the afternoon with a trip to Batalha Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful stained-glass windows and the Manueline-style Royal Cloister. Arrive at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a center of Catholic faith and globally recognized pilgrimage destination. Housed in the Basilica are the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta, peasant children who, despite threats, never denied witnessing the apparition of Mary. The heart of the shrine is in the Chapel of Apparitions. Schedule permitting, you can attend Mass. Afterwards, you will return to Lisbon on a route that takes you through a rich agricultural region.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Obidos Tour by Van

4. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Obidos Tour by Van

Discover the diverse sights around Lisbon on a tour to Fátima, Obidos, Nazaré, and Batalha. Walk through the medieval city of Obidos, see the biggest waves in the world in Nazare, visit the most religious place in Portugal, the Sanctuary of Fátima, and admire the beauty of the last Gothic convent in Batalha. Sit back and relax in your group's van and head out of Lisbon towards Fatima. Immerse yourself in religious history at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a Marian shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. Visit this location steeped in history, dating back to the times when pilgrims came to this peninsula. Now, it is one of the most significant places of the 20th century, where, a hundred years ago in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to the three shepherds and the crowd. Then, admire the beauty of the Dominican convent in Batalha, the Monastery of Batalha. Built after the famous battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, this is one of the best and original examples of Late Flamboyant Gothic architecture in the country. Continue through wonderful natural landscapes on the way to Nazaré, home to the biggest waves in the world. Walk through this quiet fishing town, where a church houses the world's first statue of St. Mary. Then, head over to the fairytale, picturesque medieval town of Obidos. Meander through this fortified town's cobble stone streets up to the imposing castle at the top of the hill. Marvel at views of the surrounding landscape from the top. Finally, head back to Lisbon in the comfort of your van.

Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon

5. Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon

Head to the Atlantic Coast from Lisbon, visit the romantic village of Óbidos, and see the important religious pilgrimage site of Fátima on this day trip from Lisbon. Journey into the rolling hills of the Portuguese countryside and on to the coast. Board a climate-controlled van in Lisbon and experience life as a religious pilgrim at the Sanctuary of Fátima. Learn about the visitations of the Virgin Mary to 3 local children as you view the stained glass art and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Discover the stunning 14th-century Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the lovely Gothic windows in the west façade and admire the stained glass art that depicts the Visitation, the Adoration of the Magi, the Flight into Egypt, and the Resurrection.  Go to the Founder's Chapel, the Cloisters, and the unfinished chapels. Ride along the Atlantic coast, passing the picturesque villages of Foz do Arelho and São Martinho do Porto. Stop in Nazaré for lunch and take in the sights from the top of the Nazaré Cliffs. As you travel to Óbidos, listen to the commentary of your expert guide. You'll fall in love with this romantic village as you admire its medieval architecture, including its castle and fortified wall. Return to Lisbon at the end of your day trip. 

Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

6. Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

Your tour begins with hotel pick-up in Lisbon before departing for Fátima, home to one of the largest shrines in the world, which attracts more than 5 million visitors each year. Once there, visit the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, a modern church completed in 2007. Then, stop and take your pick of religious articles or other products to get blessed at your next stop, the sanctuary. The Sanctuary is where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared and left 3 messages to the small shepherd: the end of the First World War, the end of Communism, and the attack on Pope John Paul the Second. After the sanctuary, continue your visit to the Monastery of Batalha, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This impressive convent was built by King John I of Portugal to thank the Virgin Mary following the battle of Aljubarrota against Spanish troops on August 14, 1385. Next, visit Nazaré, near the ocean. Relax as you admire the wonderful beach, charming fishermen’s houses, and amazing cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean. Feel free to visit the top of the cliff, where the famous Nazaré legend took place. After lunch, continue with a visit to the village of Óbidos, a town that is home to amazing churches and historic castle walls along its perimeter. Then it’s back to your hotel in Lisbon, where this day of cultural and religious history will end.

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

7. 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 on your way to the towns of Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos.  Travel in an airconditioned van to 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. Visit one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, a complex which 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. Buy lunch in a local restaurant far from the tourist crowds and taste authentic Portuguese food. Continue to the fishing port of Nazaré for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular with surfers, Nazaré was where Garrett McNamara surfed a 79-foot wave. 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.

Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Tour

8. Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Tour

Explore some of the rural towns of Portugal on a day tour from Lisbon. Discover the towns of Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos, and São Martinho do Porto with the help of your guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and travel first to Fátima, where the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred. Explore the Sanctuary and experience the peaceful environment of this pilgrimage site. Visit the Chapel of the Apparition and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the former houses of the little shepherds who witnessed the apparition. Continue the journey to Nazaré, known around the world for its giant waves and McNamara's world record for the largest wave ever surfed. Enjoy lunch at the beach and see the giant waves for yourself. The next stop is Óbidos, a place of ancient legends and miracles. Enter the walls of the most romantic village in Portugal and experience what it was like to live in medieval times. Finally, relax on the journey back to Lisbon, with drop-off at your hotel.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

9. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Fátima and learn why millions of pilgrims make their way to the sanctuary each year. Continue to Batalha to see some of the best 14th-century architecture in Portugal, including the monastery built in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota. Next, go to the charming seaside town of Nazaré and savor some fresh fish at lunch (own expense). Take a scenic coastal drive through São Martinho do Porto and the Óbidos Lagoon en route to the medieval walled village of Óbidos. Stroll around the cobbled streets and taste some authentic ginjinha (cherry liqueur).

From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima w/ Optional Candle Procession

10. From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima w/ Optional Candle Procession

You will depart from your hotel in Lisbon towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Here, you will visit the Basilica where Francisco, Jacinta Marto, and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), the largest Catholic sanctuary in Portugal, and the Wax Museum that depicts the story of Fátima, with 119 wax figures set appropriately in the ethnography of the time of the apparitions.  There will also be time to see the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of Apparitions), a small temple built at the request of Our Lady of Fátima when she appeared to the three shepherd children, and Azinheira Grande, the tree that Jacinta, Lúcia and Francisco passed before seeing the Saint.  The tour can be adjusted so as to include the Candle Procession that takes place every day from April 2 to October 31, between 21:30 and 23:00.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,507 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Manuel. He was knowledgable. The time allowed at each place was perfect. Not too much or too little. The van had cold a/c. He had extra umbrellas which we used. We were impressed with his knowledge of Portugal history, societal changes, and even of American politics. Each location: Fatima, Nazare and Obidos were so interesting. We would have never chosen Nazare and Obidos and were so glad they were part of the tour.

we booked and traveled a full day with out guide to see towns and sights in portugal. With 4 people, it made sense to arrange a small group outing. it all went very well. it was well organized and our guide was knowledgeable.

The tour guide was really knowledgeable and accommodating. Had quite elder folks in the group and we were not rushed to move to places and we got to see everything that was planned. Highly recommend this tour.

Well organised. Pedro was very informative about all the sites.

Execellent tour , very informative, and beautiful places