Obidos the Medieval Village
On this Obidos nazare tour from Lisbon we visit Obidos, a medieval town of Queens, witness of weddings and royal baptisms, was a wedding gift from King D. Dinis to D. Isabel.
Occupied by successive different civilizations (as indeed the whole country) stands on the steep summit the majestic castle. Reminding those who visit it, other times when it was part of the defensive pentagon of the Portuguese kingdom, designed by the Templar Knights for the central area of Portugal.
The narrow streets, the alleys, the whitewashed houses surround the village in a medieval atmosphere. The dynamic daily life with handicraft shops, taverns and local markets gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture.
One of the most typical drinks you can enjoy is the ginjinha, a liqueur made by infusing “ginja” berries, (served in chocolate glasses). Land of the great Portuguese painter Josefa De Óbidos, the village stands between walls.
Our visit starts at the city gate, where we can see the 16th century pillory (symbol of the county’s judicial autonomy).
Historical natural beauty.
Nazare became famous worldwide by the giant waves surfed by Garret MacNamara. But what awaits us is a delicious lunch experience provided by fresh fish. Grilled on the grill or in “Nazarene stew” the options are many.
For those who enjoy, the tasty seafood will not be missing. At the end of lunch, we walk a little along the waterfront where we can see the fish drying on the colorful “pancakes” (boards with net).
We go up to the “site” of Nazaré where we enjoy the spectacular view of the beach, the fishing and recreational port. Between legends and reality we visit the chapel of Memory and the Shrine of Our Lady of Nazare (optional). We will have the opportunity to see Nazarene women in their typical costumes: the seven skirts.
Acobaca, the warrior monks village
In the afternoon, towards Alcobaça, we will appreciate one of the most important Cistercian abbeys in Europe. The richness of the waters, the Alcoa and Baça rivers, and the need to populate the territory determined the place where, in 1153, the monks of the Cistercian order founded their magnificent monastery, protected by the first king of Portugal.
Recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO, the monastery also includes two medieval sculptural pieces of rare beauty: the tombs of Pedro and Inês, a love perpetuated by the great writer and poet Luís Vaz de Camões.
Before leaving we advise you to visit some shops with local handicrafts. We highlight the cheetah articles (printed cotton fabric characteristic of Alcobaça) made by few artisans.
Batalha the Gotic Village
Our tour continues now, in the village of Batalha which owes its name to the decisive battle for Portugal’s independence at the end of the 14th century: that of Aljubarrota. Elected by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, the monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, was built in fulfilment of a vow made by D. João I to the Virgin, should the Castilians win, which happened in 1385.
A sumptuous architectural ensemble and one of the most beautiful churches in Europe, in Gothic style, awaits us.
In the square D. João I, the Equestrian monument of the Constable D. Nuno Álvares Pereira reminds us of the great commander of the Portuguese army. Around it pleasant outdoor cafes invite us to enjoy the conventual sweets.
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