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

1. 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.

Nazaré: Jet Ski Rental

2. 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.

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

3. 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. Your first stop will be 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. Now one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, the complex 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 (said to be a tribute to God’s part in the fall of communism) . Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) far from the tourist crowds, and get a taste for authentic Portuguese food. Continue to the fishing port of Nazaré for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular with surfers, Nazaré was the site of a 79-foot wave, surfed by Garrett McNamara in 2011. 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: Nazaré Waves and Village Private Full-Day Tour

4. Lisbon: Nazaré Waves and Village Private Full-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of legendary surfers, like Garrett McNamara, Sebastian Steudtner, Carlos Burle, Rodrigo Koxa, and many others, on a full-day private tour dedicated to the big waves of Nazaré. Following a pick-up from your hotel at 8:30 AM, transfer along the coast by air-conditioned vehicle. The early start ensures enough time to enjoy the program without rushing, and the program can always be changed to best suit your preferences. Admire the views on the 1.5-hour drive to Nazaré. After a quick tour of the traditional fishing village, go to the wave watching site where the waves can be enjoyed for as long as you wish. Take a break from watching the surfers, and go to Forte S. Miguel Arcanjo, the closest fort to the sea that you can get to without having to suit up and swim. Pause for lunch in one of the many seafood restaurants, preferably one where McNamara himself always eats. Savor some of the best fish and seafood in the world. After lunch, and depending on the tides, there may be some more time to watch the waves before your return transfer to Lisbon. Alternatively, if there is still time, you can visit one of the neighboring places like Alcobaça or Obidos before the drop-off at your hotel at around 5:30 PM. Please note that waves or surfers in Nazaré cannot be guaranteed. The most probable time for waves to happen is between October and March but the local partner can only predict them a few days in advance. If there are no waves or the time you wish to spend seeing them is shorter than allocated, the local partner will always find alternatives in the nearby area to show you the best of Portugal's West Coast.

Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

5. Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

Make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Fátima and see the homes of the 3 little shepherds who saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Learn the story of the miracle and get some free time to explore the basilicas and chapel by yourself. Next, visit Batalha Monastery and marvel at the largest Gothic monument in Portugal. Hear the history of the building and learn the legend of Henry the Navigator who helped put the nation on the map. Continue to Alcobaça Monastery, founded by the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques, in 1153. Hear the tragic story of King Pedro I and his beloved Inês de Castro, murdered on the orders of his father. Get stunning views from the beach at Nazaré and the clifftop village of Sítio. Enter the basilica of Our Lady of Nazaré to look at the famous black statue of the Virgin. End with a visit to the village of Óbidos and taste a typical cherry liqueur. Stroll the medieval streets of the village or walk up to the historical castle.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, & Nazaré Private Tour

6. From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, & Nazaré Private Tour

Begin your tour by meeting your friendly guide for the morning pick-up at your hotel or previously designated location. Head first to Fátima, approximately one hour away from Lisbon. The religious capital of Portugal became famous after sightings of the Virgin Mary appeared here. Pay visits to both the old and new sanctuaries and the Sanctuary Square, the location of the shrine.  Next, head to the Monastery of Batalha, elected one of the Seven wonders of Portugal and UNESCO World Heritage It’s one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the country. Then continue to Nazaré, host to some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. You will have a break for lunch and you will have the opportunity to choose from one of the many tasty seafood restaurants. (At your own expense).   After lunch, continue the journey along the coast towards the historic village of Óbidos. This village of singular beauty is situated inside ancient medieval fortress walls dating back to the XII century. Its narrow streets, tiles, white-painted houses and ramparts should not to be missed! You will also get to enjoy a sample of “Ginginha”, a famous cherry liquor drunk from a chocolate cup.  To finish your tour, sit back and enjoy the picturesque coastline views offering a spectacular end to an adventurous day!

From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Obidos Private Tour

7. From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Obidos Private Tour

Explore 4 cities on a private tour from Lisbon. Depart Lisbon and head toward Fatima to visit Cova de Iria, home to the Sanctuary of Fátima's place of prayers and monuments. The Chapel of the Apparitions, considered the heart of the Sanctuary, was built in 1919, in the exact location where the Apparitions took place. In addition to the Chapel of Apparitions, enjoy a visit of the complete Sanctuary. Head then to Batalha. Classified in 1983 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Monastery of Batalha results in one of the most imposing Gothic monuments in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view over the beach of Nazare from 'Sitio,' the highest point of the village. Nazare is a traditional fisherman's village in Portugal, now a busy summer destination, which has kept its maritime traditions. Conclude your tour in the fortified village of Obidos, one of the ex-libris of Portuguese heritage. Prepare to be surprised by this medieval village surrounded by the walls of the Castle of Obidos. Taste the traditional sour cherry liqueur called Ginjinha in a chocolate cup.

From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Private Tour

8. From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Private Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in Lisbon and then being driven directly to the Sanctuary of Fatima. See the Chapel of the Apparitions, which stands at the center of the sanctuary. The Chapel was originally constructed by local villagers shortly after the 3 shepherd children first saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. Admire the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, a gorgeous Neo-Baroque structure built in 1928 that houses the tombs of the children including Sister Lucia. Enter the modern and stark Basilica of Santissima Trindade. Designed by Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis, this impressive Basilica is over 40,000 square meters and can seat 8,000 people. Visit the Batalha Monastery, a stunning masterpiece of Gothic architecture with splashes of the Manueline style. Look up at the monastery's many exquisite stained glass windows. Witness the kaleidoscopic effect of the colored light reflecting upon the church’s columns. Pause at the resting place of some of Portugal’s most famous nobility. Stand among the unfinished buttresses of the Imperfect Chapel. Stroll through the beautiful fishing village of Nazaré, a scenic seaside town dotted with pictureque churches and traditional homes. Nazaré was made famous in recent years when in 2013 American surfer Garret McNamara broke the record for surfing the highest wave. See the unique traditional fashion’s of the women of Nazaré, known as “the seven skirts.” Take a journey back in time and explore the Medieval Village of Obidos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk down Obidos’ narrow cobblestone streets full of traditional shops and painted white houses. If you're feeling adventurous, climb atop the ramparts that surround the town. Afterward, drive back to your hotel in Lisbon.

Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos

Explore some of the most beautiful places in Portugal on a full-day self-guided tour, with a personal chauffeur at your disposal for the day. Start the tour with a visit to Fátima and explore the place where Virgin Mary appeared to the Three Shepherds Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta in 1917. Visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, see the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Tombs of the Shepherds, go to the Basilica of Santíssima Trindade or visit the traditional Houses where the three children lived, in Valinhos. Be amazed at the Batalha’s Monastery, classified a World Heritage Site by Unesco and admire the delicate lacework and colored stained-glass windows that adorn the monastery. Get stunning views over the sea at Nazaré, a picturesque fishing-village, traditionally known for the freshness of it fish. More recently, Nazaré became known as a paradise for surfers. In January 2013, the Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara surfed here a record-breaking giant wave of 100 feet (30 m). Enjoy a trip back to the Middle Ages in Óbidos and be enchanted by this adorable village. Crowned by an old castle and surrounded by medieval walls, Óbidos is the perfect scenario for a taste of the local cherry liqueur called Ginginha, traditionally served on a chocolate cup.

From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

10. From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Sesimbra, you will head to Fatima, where you will enjoy one of the most important places of Christianity around the world. Once in Fatima, you will visit the sacred sanctuary, the memory chapel, and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity which in 2009 received the outstanding structure award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. You will also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary, which was built at the site of the Marian apparitions which were reported by three Portuguese children in 1917, and better known as Our Lady of Fátima. Later you will see the tombs of Blessed Francisco Marto, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Sister Lúcia dos Santos and the three children, with scenes of the Marian apparitions shown in stained glass. Afterwards, you will be driven west where you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Batalha, which was built in a Gothic style and classified a world heritage site by UNESCO. On this private tour you will then take a break for lunch in the colorful fishing village of Nazaré, where you can have a meal of fresh fish. Nazaré is composed by a sandy beach where you can listen to the rhythm of the pounding waves. It is also a perfect place for undisturbed walks along the shore, surfing, tanning, and of course, visiting the biggest wave in the world located on the north beach. You will be driven along the beautiful west coast where you can observe the multiple wild beaches of this remote area. The last stop is in the medieval village of Óbidos, famous for cobbled streets and steep staircases which wind up to the ramparts. From here you can gaze across a countryside of windmills and vineyards.

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What people are saying about Nazaré

Carolina our guide was excellent, her English was impeccable, her knowledge of the history of not only Portugal but the world (made my dad say she could be a lecturer with her English and knowledge). My dad is not easily impressed but Carolina impressed him. Carolina was a good driver and tour guide. She went all out to ensure we were all comfortable. She was very caring towards us and kept check we were all right and tailor everything to everyone’s need. The places we visited was worth it. Everyone needs to do this tour if nothing else while in Lisbon.

Lovely experience from pick up to drop off! Our guide Andre Feldman, made the day enjoyable, memorable and meaningful with all the history and interesting facts about Fatima, Nazare and Obidos! And even managed to make quick stops to allow for photos to be taken. The times allocated to each activity was sufficient and attending part of the Sunday service made for a wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend this trip but cannot guarantee you’ll get Andre Feldman!

The tour was wonderful all along the way, and everything went smooth. It is extremely well organized. Our guide Tania is friendly, accommodating and very knowledgeable. She provided us with all the important details about the places we visited. I highly recommend this tour.

The overall trip was wonderful and fantastic The tour guide did an amazing job. She is very knowledgeable and explained the history of each place very clearly. But I wish I could have a little more time in Fatima.

We had a great guide in Lues and we visited 3 wonderful places. I was lucky to have my picture taken with the niece of Francisco and Jacinta in their village and that was amazing beyond words.