Meet your guide at your local Lisbon hotel for your day trip to Ftima, Batalha, Nazar and bidos.
Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and drive about 115kms north of Lisbon and arrive to Ftima, a city that developed after the apparitions of Virgin Mary back in 1917. At Ftima Sanctuary you'll find an unique ambiance of devotion, whether you're a believer or not, it's impossibleto feel indifferent at this place of great spirituality that receives millions of pilgrims each year.Learn all about the legend of Virgin Mary's apparitions to three shepherd children in 1917 and what became the most adored devotion in Portugal: the one of Our Lady of Ftima.
Continue to Batalha and visit the best example of late Gothic (14th century) architecture in Portugal, the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was built incommemoration of the 1385 battle (batalha) of Aljubarrota against the Castillians and its original name is in fact Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitria (Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory).
Stop at Nazar, acharming seaside town where local fishermen haulin fresh catches from the ocean. Don't missthe oportunity of tasting this fresh fish at lunch (own expense). After, learn all about the legend of Nazar and how the Virgin Mary had amiraculous intervention in 1182,which saved the life of the Portuguese knight Dom Fuas Roupinho (possibly a Templar) of falling down a 100 meter cliff,while he was hunting deer one morning in a dense fog. On this place it was built a chapel. Nowadays Nazar is also known for being the capital of big wave surfing, holding the record of the largest wave ever ridden (33 meters), in 2015.
Take the scenic Atlantic coast road that passesSo Martinho do Porto village and bidos Lagoon , on our way to bidos, considered by many the highlight of this day trip.
Fall in love with this beautiful medieval walled village, and wander around its winding cobbled streets, find small handicraft shops and taste the famous and typical Ginjinha, a local liqueur made of cherry.
After such a complete day head back to your Lisbon hotel wherethis tour ends.