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Mafra National Palace
Mafra
Stop time: 1h

The Palace of Mafra (Portuguese: Palácio de Mafra) is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery located in Mafra, Portugal,… Read full description >>

The Palace of Mafra (Portuguese: Palácio de Mafra) is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery located in Mafra, Portugal, some 28 kilometres from Lisbon. Construction began in 1717 and was completely concluded in 1755. The palace was classified as a National Monument in 1910, and was also one of the finalists of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

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Bacalhôa Buddha Eden
Bombarral
Stop time: 1h

A collection of Asian and African artifacts and sculptures in a winery garden, might not be the first thing people plan to visit in Portugal, but it… Read full description >>

A collection of Asian and African artifacts and sculptures in a winery garden, might not be the first thing people plan to visit in Portugal, but it is a singular experience. This sprawling park is filled with amazing buddhas, terracotta warriors, African sculptures, Roman effigies, and contemporary statues strategically position along the network of lawns, paths, and ponds.

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Óbidos
Óbidos
Stop time: 1h

“The Wedding Town” was the traditional bridal gift of the kings of Portugal to their queens, a custom begun in 1282 by Dom Dinis. The town… Read full description >>

“The Wedding Town” was the traditional bridal gift of the kings of Portugal to their queens, a custom begun in 1282 by Dom Dinis. The town (a couple of hours from Lisbon by train) has hardly changed in appearance since then: its cobbled streets and steep staircases wind up to the ramparts, from where you can gaze across a countryside of windmills and vineyards. The parish church, Igreja de Santa Maria (in the central Praça), was chosen for the wedding of the ten-year-old child-king Afonso V and his eight-year-old cousin, Isabel, in 1444. It dates mainly from the Renaissance, though the interior is lined with seventeenth-century blue azulejos (or painted tiles) in a homely manner typical of Portuguese churches. The retable in a side chapel on the right-hand side was painted by Josefa de Obidos, one of the finest Portuguese painters and one of the few female artists afforded any reputation by art historians. One corner of the triangular fortifications is occupied by a massively towered Castle built by Dom Dinis which has been converted into a Pousada.

Also worth mentioning is the Casa d’Óbidos, built in 1889 and located about 1km south of the town walls, it has beautiful gardens and an air of faded grandeur. It’s worth staying around since, as is so often the case, the town reverts to its own life after the daytime tourists disperse. One of the better budget places to eat is the Café 1 de Dezembro, next to the church of São Pedro.

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Alcobaça
Alcobaça
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Alcobaça lies in the valleys of the Rivers Alcoa and Baça, which according to some authors is the origin of its name. It has also been… Read full description >>

Alcobaça lies in the valleys of the Rivers Alcoa and Baça, which according to some authors is the origin of its name. It has also been suggested that it was the Arabic name of the place which was split to name the two rivers.

Alcobaça owes its fame and development to the Monastery or Royal Abbey of Santa Maria, founded by the Order of Cistercians in 1153. Building began in 1178 on land donated by Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, to Friar Bernardo of Claraval, founder of the Order of Cistercians, in fulfilment of a vow made after the Christian reconquest of Santarém, held by the Moors until 1147.

The Monastery owned a vast area of land, also known as  sanctuaries of Alcobaça, where the Cistercian Order put order into the settlement by organising villages and estates. It also boosted agriculture by introducing new techniques and agricultural products that turned out to be lasting characteristics of this region, which is still today one of Portugals main fruit producers.

With its building modelled on the Abbey of Claraval, the headquarters of the Cistercian Order in France, the Monastery of Alcobaça is a very fine monument and is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

The cuisine and confectionery have been strongly influenced by the local Cistercian monasteries and convents, with the nuns Monastery of Cos and the Capuchin Convent in Évora de Alcobaça along with the Alcobaça Monastery itself. The most famous sweet is "Pão de ló" cake, which took its name from the place where it is made - Alfeizerão.

It is important to mention the exellent quality crystal, and the earthenware and porcelain.

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Batalha - A City Built on Victory
Batalha
Stop time: 1h30min

In 1385, King João I vowed that if his outnumbered army defeated the Castilians at the important Battle of Aljubarrota, he would build a magnificent… Read full description >>

In 1385, King João I vowed that if his outnumbered army defeated the Castilians at the important Battle of Aljubarrota, he would build a magnificent monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The king was victorious, resulting in the independence of Portugal from Spain and the great Batalha (“Battle”) Monastery, as well as the founding of the town of Batalha itself. João's monument is a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic architecture, combining Gothic and Manueline styles from its 200 year construction period. Its most dramatic feature is right in the centre of the chapel: the enormous tomb of Dom João I and his wife, Queen Philippa of Lancaster. On the site of the battle itself stands the humble Capela de Sao Jorge. With its Romanesque architecture and austere decoration, it is the yin to the Batalha Monastery's yang.

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Mira de Aire Caves
Mira d'Aire
Stop time: 1h30min

The Mira de Aire Caves, are the largest in Portugal and are certainly a great option for those looking for a different tour. With 11km of extension… Read full description >>

The Mira de Aire Caves, are the largest in Portugal and are certainly a great option for those looking for a different tour. With 11km of extension , of which 600m can be visited, the caves were elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. The tour is going desceding,  through 683 steps and although it looks a lot, it is not hard because there ase several levels. The visit is done in groups and begins with a video with the history of the place and some interesting information. During the route several stops are made in many galleries, where the guide gives explanations including on how the elements in there are constantly formed, composing that scenario. It is a unique beauty.


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Trip Summary

Fátima, Portugal
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Lisbon to

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Fátima
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