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SANTA MARIA D’ ALCOBAÇA MONASTERY

An architectural masterpiece and UNESCO heritage site, the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça is one of the most important in Europe. It was founded in 1153 following the liberation from the moors’ domination of the city of Santarem. Over the centuries it became one of the most powerful of the Iberian Peninsula (hosting 999 monks), but also famous for the sad story between Dom Pedro and Dona Ines, his mistress. She was murdered by his father for political reasons and her body was later exhumed and crowned when Pedro ascended the throne. Today their tombs represent one of the most precious treasures of the church, the largest in the country. They are facing each other to ensure that on the day of judgement they can meet immediately. The church visit is free, while to visit the rest of the monastery it is necessary to pay the entrance of €4.50 which gives access to the splendid Cloister of Silence in Manueline style and characterized by perfect arches, together with Sala Dos Reis, beautifully frescoed and where are treasured all the statues of the Royals of Portugal.

Santa Maria de Alcobaca Monastery

 

ÓBIDOS

Óbidos is a picturesque medieval town surrounded by walls dating back to  the Moors period. With its colorful and picturesque corners and white houses with colorful edges, windows adorned with flowers, the narrow streets you can walk among small shops of all kinds. The ancient nucleus can be reached by the majestic main door decorated with Azulejos; the steep staircase on the left leads to a tower from where you can admire a fantastic view. Along one of the two main roads you can meet women knitting, artisans at work, strange characters, beautiful postcards of an unforgettable visit. Part of the castle has been turned into a luxury pousada, but you can always access the old part, climb the tower and walk over the walls. The main church, Santa Maria, is famous because it saw the marriage between Afonso V and his cousin Isabel, respectively 10 and 8 years old. Today it has a beautiful frescoed ceiling and walls entirely covered with beautiful and authentic azulejos.

Obidos is located 90 km from Lisbon and can be reached by the A8 motorway from Lisbon in north direction in less than an hour (being a traffic-free area).

 

FATIMA

Fatima is one of the main pilgrimage sites for the Christianity. The great Basilica in Baroque style was erected on the place where the humble shepherds Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta saw the Holy Virgin on May 13, 1917. It is still visited every year by more than 7 million of faithful. The most important place of the sanctuary is the Chapel of the apparitions, where the statue of Our Lady of Fatima is located. The Basilica of the Rosary was built in 1928 and its consecration was on October 1953; There are preserved the statues of the apostles of the Rosary, the tombs of the three shepherds, and the relics of the bishops José Alves Correira and Alberto Cosme do Amaral, an organ with 12,000 pipes and the statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Each of the 15 lateral altars represent a mystery of the Rosary. In the square in front of the Basilica there is the monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, under whose basement a water well preserves the miraculous water. Just at the entrance of the sanctuary is a piece of the Berlin Wall to remember the divine intervention on the end of communism, announced by Our Lady of Fatima.

 

Fatima is about 120 km from Lisbon and is easily reachable in just over an hour by train from Gare do Oriente station, or by tour bus running from Rodoviaria every day.

 

NAZARE’

Once a quiet fishing village rich of seafaring tradition, Nazaré is today a charming seaside town overlooking a beautiful and immense beach bathed by the Atlantic waves in a very splendid location. In the centre there are a lot of narrow streets bordered by typical restaurants where you will enjoy the freshest fish, fashionable shops, handicrafts and rooms for tourists (once fishermen’s houses).

The church of Nossa Senhora dominates the square. Inside the church you can see beautiful azulejos and the statue of the Our Lady which is carried in procession through the streets of the country. The main attraction is Sitio, a site on the promontory that surrounds the town with steep cliffs, where the view over the whole coast is breathtaking.

If you want to reach Nazarè from Lisbon the best way is to rent a car and head north along the coast (about 110 km.), or alternatively use the coach (for 2 hours). The bus station is within walking distance of the market.

 

Estoril

SINTRA

A UNESCO World Heritage site about twenty kilometres from Lisbon, Sintra is a wonderful Arabian-flavored town, certainly one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. Among the multitude of churches, museums, palaces, the main attraction is Palacio da Pena (XIX century), architecture as bizarre as fascinating, a palace that is a synthesis of the architectural styles of the region, Gothic-Moorish-Baroque…

Reaching Sintra is simple, just take the train that from Lisbon reaches the town in 40-50 minutes.

 

 

ESTORIL COAST

Lively, romantic, cosmopolitan, Costa do Estoril is considered the “Portuguese Riviera”. The fine sandy beaches begin from the mouth of the Tejo and follow the coast to Cascais. Estoril, very close to Lisbon, boasts the biggest Casino in Europe, with games of all kinds but also entertainment shows, and is also famous for the racing circuit. In the 1920s, the South Express from Paris brought into the city kings, nobles and billionaires from all over Europe, who found here a haven of tranquillity and recreation. Their presence left traces in the opulent mansions and in the fashionable environment that began to catch on.

Cascais, characteristic, elegant, cosmopolitan, transformed by the last kings of Portugal into an elegant holiday resort, originally a fishing port; The pedestrian streets, the hotels and the classy restaurants, the scenic effect of the yachts off the beach are a spectacle.

A coastal road with many restaurants overlooking the sea will lead you to the beautiful panorama of Guincho Beach, framed by the Sintra mountain range. The strongest waves make this beach one of the best places in Portugal for surfing and windsurfing.

Estoril is reached from Lisbon from the railway station, Cais do Sodre, which is located near the metro station of the same name. From this station of Cais do Sodre a train leaves every 20 minutes. The journey lasts 40 minutes.

To reach Cascais from Lisbon there are several ways: using public transport taking the bus 91 or the 45 to the station of Cais do Sodrà. From there, a train service connects Estoril and Cascais with underground running every fifteen minutes. For those who want to move by car, from the airport, take the circular number two until the exit Algàcs, Cascais. From here, take the A5 for twelve kilometres.

 

COSTA AZUL

 

Costa Azul goes from the southern bank of the Tejo River to Setúbal, and is less known by tourists because it is less beautiful. Its territory is rich in natural and cultural attractions. In Almada stands the imposing monument of the Santuário do Cristo-Rei, built in 1959 and inspired by Cristo redentor of Rio de Janeiro, 110 meters high from where you can enjoy a unique panorama of Lisbon and the Tejo estuary. On this shore of the Tejo is the Costa de Caparica, with its about 15 km of beautiful beaches. In Caparica you will find the Franciscan convent dos Capuchos, which dates back to the sixteenth century. On the other side of the fantastic Vasco da Gama Bridge extends the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Tejo, a protected area of more than 45,000 hectares considered the most important “area “Portuguese (and one of the most extensive in Europe).

Parque Natural da Arrábida goes from Palmela Hill to Cabo Espichel. Maybe the most fascinating area is Portinho by Arrábida, in the highest part of the Serra. Here you will find an extensive white beach, as well as a remarkable historical heritage and ancient vestiges; In an isolated corner of the park is the Franciscan convent of Arrábida and the Fortress of Arrábida of the XVII century. Costa Azul is also an interesting destination for golf enthusiasts, since it has five excellent courts.

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