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Experience the rich heritage and stunning countryside of Portugal on this small-group guided day trip to Fátima, Óbidos and Nazaré from Lisbon. On this tour, discover one of the Christian religion’s most significant pilgrimage sites, Fátima. Here, learn about the children who, in 1917, saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Fátima). You will also visit the small medieval town of Óbidos, glimpse into a fisherman’s life in the seaside village of Nazaré and marvel at the ornate architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Batalha Monastery. During your journey, savor landscapes that boast beautiful Atlantic coast views, verdant hills and impressive bluffs. Numbers are limited to 8 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll receive more personalized attention from your guide.
Day trip to Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos from Lisbon
Visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, which celebrates the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary
See the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Admire beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Nazaré cliffs
Explore the fishing town of Nazaré and the romantic medieval village of Óbidos
Small-group tour limited to 8 people for a more personalized experience
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
You don’t need a car to see rural Portugal, since this trip explores both small towns and the Sanctuary of Fatima.
Meet your guide in central Lisbon and hop into an air-conditioned minivan for your small-group guided day trip to Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos. Begin with a journey north to the once quaint village of Fátima now a prominent Christian sanctuary. Arrive and learn about the three shepherd children who claimed to see Our Lady of Fátima dressed in white in 1917. Stroll with your guide to the famous Sanctuary of Fatima, a basilica which draws millions of religious people annually who homage to the shrine.
From here, travel to the 14th-century Batalha Monastery renowned for its compelling examples of of ornate gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the monastery, follow your guide into the royal tomb and see the Founder’s Chapel. Hear about the noble family that rests here including Queen Philippa of Lancaster, King João I and their heir Prince Henry the Navigator.
Continue to the quiet fishing village of Nazaré, a favorite summer vacation spot for the Portuguese. Here, take a break for lunch at a local cafe or restaurant (own expense). Learn about the locals who fish here before heading onward to the Nazaré cliffs. Reach the gorgeous small towns of São Martinho do Porto and Foz do Arelho and whip out your camera for quaint farm-country shots.
Next, cruise along the impressive cliff-laden coast as you journey to Óbidos, a medieval village established in 208 BC. Enter past its fortified walls and discover slender streets, gothic facades, and vibrant houses. Alongside your guide, learn about King Dinis who gifted Óbidos to his new wife Queen Isabel in 1282 which led locals to refer to Óbidos as ‘wedding present town.’ As you walk notice the window sills decorated with flower pots and colorful tiles. Then, stop at a local wine shop for a taste of Ginja liqueur, a cherry flavored spirit and perhaps savor a snack. Finally, enjoy perusing through an artisan’s shop with a wide variety of handmade ceramics before returning to Lisbon where your tour concludes.
Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
Get comfortable in an air-conditioned vehicle as you start your journey toward the town of Fátima, a once-sleepy rural village that became an important pilgrimage site when three shepherd children reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, a basilica that honors the apparition and attracts millions of Catholic pilgrims every year who go to pay their respects to the shrine
Next, visit the 14th-century Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that illustrates the rich artistic heritage of the late 1300s. Discover the impressive royal burial site at the basilica’s Founder’s Chapel, where King João I, Queen Philippa of Lancaster and their son Prince Henry the Navigator were buried.
Take a short break for lunch (own expense) in Nazaré, a quaint fishing town famous for its variety of restaurants and cafes. A popular summer retreat for the Portuguese, the village offers an interesting insight into local life. Short stop at the Nazaré cliffs to see the ocean views
Next continue through the picturesque villages of Foz do Arelho and São Martinho do Porto. Admire views of agricultural fields and the Atlantic Ocean as you drive along the dramatic, cliff-lined coast.
Finally, make your way to the medieval village of Óbidos. Founded in 208 BC, Óbidos is commonly known in Portugal as the 'wedding present town', as it was a gift from King Dinis to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. Follow your guide to one of the numerous wine shops and sample the Ginja liqueur, and then enjoy free time to explore the village’s medieval fortress, narrow streets, colorful houses and Gothic doorways and windows decorated with flowerpots and dazzling tiles. Grab a snack or browse around the tiny shops that offer a varied collection of beautiful handmade ceramic art before making your way back to Lisbon.
Portugal always impresses with great places to visit. So much rich history.
Our guides, Hugo and Veronica were knowledgeable informative and entertaining.
Should also mention that in the time of the virus, the trip was conducted in a safe manner with masks and hand sanitizer.
Overall, a great experience.
We enjoyed a wonderful day with our guide, Joao. He was exacting in his promptness, driving, and making the day comfortable for us. He was also generous with the information at each of our four stops. All in all, we enjoyed the tour immensely.
What an amazing tour!!! Joao Fernandes did a great job on this tour. First, we went to Fatina. He explained about the history, miracles an gave us enough time to pay ans reflect. Then we went to Batalha. Again he explained the history n importance of the place. We went to nazare an ate an amazing lunch. He recommended a local fisherman who also cook. Raymond was great n entertaining. Food was fresh fish,squid!! It was great. Our last stop was Obidos. A wonderful city. He showed us the differe t spots to see,. We wished we have more time on this tour but we understand that we did a lot for a day. Will definitely recommend n totally worth it to do this for.
I have been on many tours, this by far was the best. John was very comprehensive in his historical and local descriptions. We all fell in love with his country and city. We enjoyed our day. Good food, good drink.
It was a fantastic tour. It was long....10 hours but worth every minute! John was a great tour guide! He was very informative and had a fun sense of humor. Lots of variety in this tour. Loved the town of Nazere and Obidos was very interesting. I’ve been on lots of tours in different countries and this one ranks right up there at the top.
The tour of Fatima is one of the highlights of my vacation. The tour guide we had explained the history step by step. He spoke in 2 languages the entire tour very fluently. In Fatima you will feel that peace that you are looking for regardless of your religious belief.
We had Nuno Machado as our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about the areas we were visiting and was very fun to speak to. We had an awesome day with him! He gave us really good suggestions for what to do in our spots as well as back in Lisbon. Highly recommend!
Excellent day trip to get the highlights of these key sights. Gonzolo provided so much information about what we were going to see and since it was the Carnival holiday, made the itinerary so we could still do everything and not get caught in traffic and crowds. Such a great overview of this region. Highly recommend this trip if you are looking to see more of Portugal!