Drive northwards and arrive at the beautiful walled town (12th century) of Obidos with its picturesque streets and the Pousada do Castelo.
This castle, of Roman origin, was built under Arab domain. After the Christian conquest (1148), the castle was repaired and enlarged many times. During the reign of King Manuel I, the governor orders the construction of a palace and changes some parts of the castle. In the Alcaide’s palace, manueline windows can be found. The chimney in the main room and the portal with the royal coat of arms of the Noronha family is also from this time. The palace suffered great damage with the 1755 earthquake. During the 20th century it was found completely in ruins. It was restored in order to house the State Inn (pousada) – the first state inn in a historic building.
Then drive to Alcobaça to visit the 12 th century Abbey with the tombs of Pedro and Inês de Castro.
Visit to Batalha Monastery (an historical landmark)
The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, also known as the Monastery of Batalha is without doubt one of the most beautiful examples of Portuguese and European architecture.
Finally to Fátima - Centre of christian faith and a local of world pilgrimage. Religious services can be attended on occasion.
Drive back to Lisbon / Algarve through the colourful farming region.
The tour will be devised and scheduled according :
Pick you up and Drop off on request.
Our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport or other meeting point.
Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle or Similar vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.
Free Wifi and bottled water.
Min: 4 or more people ( Please confirm )
Max: Groups of 18 people ( On request )
Tour duration approximately : 8 Hrs
Notice: From 09 till 15 May 2018 ( The program is subject to confirmation )
Pick you up at your hotel, airport or other meeting point.
Departure from Algarve, and drive to:
The distance from Algarve to Óbidos is about 380 km.
The distance from Lisbon to Óbidos is about 80 km. When leaving Lisbon take the A8 Motorway directly to Óbidos. It will take from 40/50 minutes.
Drive northwards and arrive:
Once the wedding present to a Queen, the preserved medieval town of Óbidos lying 80 km north of Lisbon is without doubt one of Portugal's most interesting walled settlements. When strolling along the maze of narrow cobbled streets of Óbidos, at each step, one comes upon vestiges of different civilizations.
From the hidden corners and high walled gardens of the old medina area, to the gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features, the Town is an extensive work of art carved, destroyed and rebuilt throughout many centuries.
Óbidos is located about 80 km north of Lisbon and just a short drive from Caldas da Rainha and Peniche.
The complex of Alcobaça Monastery is one of the most notable and best conserved examples of Cistercian architecture and spatial philosophy.
Alcobaça was the last abbey founded in St. Bernard’s lifetime and the first wholly Gothic building in Portugal. The abbey was founded in 1153, when King Afonso Henriques donated the land to Bernard of Clairvaux (St. Bernard).
Construction work on the building as we see it today only began in 1178 and lasted several decades, which is understandable considering the absolutely exceptional dimensions of the project.
The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, today known as the Monastery of Batalha, was built as a result of the promise made on the battlefield, by King João I to the Virgin Mary, under the pressure of all that was at stake, to build a monastery if victory were his, as can be read in the will written by Lopo Afonso in 1426, “on the day of the battle with the King of Castile, where Our Lady gave us victory, was to be built in honour of our Lady Saint Mary (…) and there where it had been became a monastery”.
The Museum of the Shrine of Fatima was founded in 1955. With the permanent exhibitions of the Museum: Fatima Light and Peace, the House-Museum of Aljustrel and the temporary exhibitions, the Shrine of Fatima provides to the pilgrims and to other visitors an interpretation of physical testimonies, by using museological language related with the Message of Fatima, with the development of the Shrine itself and related with the dissemination of the cult of Our Lady of Fatima in the world.
The times are indicative and subject to confirmation.