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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, 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.

Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

2. 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.

Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

3. 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.

From Lisbon: Day-Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

4. From Lisbon: Day-Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

Explore three Portuguese cities in a single day on this guided tour from Lisbon. Learn more about the culture and history of Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra. Discover some of their key locations and points of interest such as Porto's Dom Luis Bridge and the University of Coimbra. Depart early and head to Nazaré. Start with a guided tour of what is possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Nazaré has a unique historic atmosphere and is a place where traditions continue to thrive. Visit the Forte de Sao Miguel. This site has become famous because of the giant waves that hit the coast every winter and make it a destination for surfers from all over the world. Walk through O Sitio and admire religious buildings that attract pilgrims from around the globe. Hike toward the summit and check out the medieval fortifications, 17th-century churches, and modern shrines. Wander through the courtyards and plazas surrounded by ornate structures, basilicas, and statues. Continue to Porto and explore its UNESCO Heritage-listed old town on the picturesque Douro River. Walk through the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, Igreja Carmen, Estação São Bento, Igreja São Francisco, and Ponte Don Luis on a guided tour. Enjoy some free time to have lunch before you visit a winery. The third stop is the famous city of Coimbra. Visit one of the oldest universities in the world (and the oldest in Portugal). Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is one of the key sites in the city. After the visit to Coimbra, return to the center of Lisbon. Your guide will be able to recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

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. 

Lisbon: Full Day Tour to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos

6. Lisbon: Full Day Tour to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos

Start the day with pickup from your hotel and meet your friendly guide for the tour. The first stop of the day is the most famous sanctuary in Portugal, Fátima. Here, learn all about the apparitions that took place in 1917, when 3 little shepherds saw the image of the Virgin Mary. Explore the Chapel of Apparitions, the spot where the iconic moment occurred. Admire the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, where the tombs of the shepherds are located and then visit the more modern building of the sanctuary, the Basilica of the Holy Trinity. The next stop is the town of Betalha to visit one of the most impressive buildings in the country, the Monastery of Batalha. Built by order of King John I, its construction was a way of celebrating the victory in a battle against the Spanish, the Aljubarrota battle, that put the independence of Portugal at risk. Inside, marvel at the tombs of both the King and his wife, as well as their sons and daughters including the famous tomb of Prince Henry, the Navigator, who had a crucial role in the Discoveries period in Portugal. The tour then moves onto Nazaré, located near the coast, this is the perfect location to stop for lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, the town of Óbidos is the last stop of the tour. Take some time to stroll around the medieval-looking streets of this lovely town surrounded by old walls and try the famous sour cherry liquor sold in every corner of Óbidos.

Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour with Guide

7. Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour with Guide

Meet your guide in central Nazaré and embark on an off-road buggy adventure between two different routes. Enjoy the fantastic views of the natural landscape as you drive your own buggy along the trails. Choose between two different routes: Buggy Tour Pinhal Enjoy an adventurous, primarily off road-route as you drive through pine forests and rugged trails through the countryside. Sāo Martinho Buggy Tour Discover the western coast of Portugal and be dazzled by the views of Sāo Martinho Bay. This route is a combination of paved road and off-road paths.

Óbidos, Nazaré & Alcobaça: Private Trip by Car

8. Óbidos, Nazaré & Alcobaça: Private Trip by Car

Enjoy a ride through the romantic village of Obidos, the first stop on this 8-hour excursion. Its medieval structures within the castle walls are a definite highlight of the trip. Stop for a taste of ginjinha, which is a traditional liqueur of this region. Afterwards, head to Nazaré, a small fishing village that is now known for its beaches and giant waves. International surfers compete here in one of the world’s largest competitions. In Alcobaça visit the monastery that dates to 1178. It was the first completely Gothic structure ever built in Portugal, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the tombs of royalty, and hear about one of Portugal’s most endearing love stories.

Nazaré: Jet Ski Rental

9. Nazaré: Jet Ski Rental

Ride a state-of-the-art jet ski along the coast of Nazaré. Benefit from an introductory training session and life jacket, making this activity suitable for beginner riders. Set off on your adventure along the coast and admire the beautiful scenic views. With this 1-hour rental, feel the adrenaline as you ride past picturesque beaches and across the waves.

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

10. 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).

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What people are saying about Nazaré

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4.7 / 5

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We initially wanted to cancel the Fatima tour as we have been to other religious pilgrimage sites in this trip like Santiago de Compostela and Braga. We’re glad we didn’t as this tour happened to be the best tour we had in Portugal. The Fatima tour was amazing and gave us a deeper perspective as it was both religious and historical. We had a great seafood lunch at the picturesque seaside town of Nazare then off to the shell-shaped bay of Sao Martinho do Porto and the well-preserved medieval caste of Obidos. This tour combination is a must and I would highly recommend it to my Filipino friends. The best part of the tour is our tour guide Andre Feldman. He such a lively, knowledgeable and kind person. The depth of knowledge and insights in so many aspects of the tour are astonishing. He shows respect to the culture of others, speaks different languages and drives defensively unlike many ‘rally’ drivers in Lisbon. He is the best tour guide we have had in years. Thank you Andrei.

Andre is knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip was enjoyable. Seen lots, All three places were good to see. We had a good group of eight. Andre was considerate, and excellent guide. Three of us (all over 70) were in the back seat and found it was a rough ride and not very easy to get in and out.

Like traveling with our grown son. Very laid back, casual. Saw everything we wanted and more. We really appreciated the fact Fabio didn’t try to fill our heads with names and dates we could never remember, which allowed us to enjoy the scenery. Obrigado!

Such a wonderful experience! Pedro was a knowledgable, fun guide. Small group tours like this is always better for me.

Super day trip from Lisbon seeing three great sites - each different but amazing.