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Walking Tour from Nazaré to Fátima - Nazaré Way

Duration 6 Days
Type Self Guided
Lodging Comfort

Come explore Central Portugal’ sunny climate, history, landscape, culture and people with this walking trip which connects a pilgrimage location going back to 14th century (now almost forgotten) - Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré - to the most relevant cult location in today’s Portugal - Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Fátima.

Start your journey by the Atlantic ocean at a typical quaint fishing village - Nazaré. Here, take the lift to “Sítio” to fully appreciate the village, wrapping around it’s bay, and take your time to taste the fresh fish and seafood, straight from the village’s sea port.
Onwards, the two Monasteries classified as UNESCO’s World Heritage sites at Batalha and Alcobaça are waiting for you, nestled in small towns amidst the limestone mountains.
This tour is an opportunity like no other to discover a slice of Central Portugal full of details that cater to a wide variety of interests. Religion, culture, gastronomy, geology, biology, photography, sightseeing and more - all available on this 6 day tour.
 

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Nazaré​
(Optional) Transfer from Lisboa/Porto to Nazaré.
Welcome to the fishing village of Nazaré, a quaint and picturesque location with tiny houses and narrow streets wrapped around a gorgeous bay, and crowned by “Sítio”. This high viewpoint can be accessed through an elevator (or, if you are brave, by walking to the top) and here you’ll find the 14th Century Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré. From Sítio, turn South (to where you came from) to get a breathtaking view of the village or turn North to visit the Nazaré Fort and take a peak at the Praia do Norte (North beach). Underwater, directly in front of the fort, Nazaré’s Cannon allows for the creation of some of the world’s biggest surfable waves and leads to the increased richness in biodiversity of these waters - pivotal for Nazaré’s fishing industry.

Virtual Briefing.
Overnight in Nazaré.
 
Day 02
Walking Tour 1: Nazaré | Alcobaça (16,2 km)​
Leave Nazaré behind as you head to Alcobaça, best know for the Real Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça (Royal Monastery of Saint Mary), founded in 1178 by Cistercian monks and classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, in 1989. The monastery has been well preserved, including its huge kitchen that includes a direct water source created by diverging the flow of the Alcoa river. Alcobaça is also very well known for its egg-based pastries - Doçaria Conventual.
Overnight in Alcobaça.
Day 03
Walking Tour 2 - Alcobaça | Porto de Mós (19,5 km)
From Alcobaça, follow the route to the village of Aljubarrota, where a famous battle took place in 1385 between the Kingdom of Portugal and the Crown of Castile, with around 6.500 Portuguese and allied soldiers defeating about 35.000 Castilians and their allies. 
Continue your way the into Natural Park of Serra D´Aire e Candeeiros, where the limestone preserved dinosaur footprints and remains, water continues a millennia-long process of creating gorgeous caves and rare geological processes and structures can be found.
Arriving in the town of Porto de Mós, appreciate the contrast between medieval structures and modern daily life.
Overnight in Porto de Mós.
Day 04
Walking Tour 3 - Porto de Mós  | Batalha (10,2 km)
Before leaving Porto de Mós consider visiting its elegant castle, whose origins date back to a Roman outpost.
From here, our route takes you north through apple and pear orchards on the banks of River Lena, rural paths and small villages, all the way to the town of Batalha.  Here, a visit to the magnificent church and unfishished chappels of Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória is mandatory. The intricate stonework and unique architecture that combines Gothic, Manuelino (a portuguese-exclusive) and Renaissance styles, justifies its place in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Overnight in Batalha.
Day 05
Walking Tour 4 - Batalha | Fátima  (19 km)
On this final stretch, we leave Batalha and head towards our goal - Fátima.  
Through rural paths and small villages, overcoming the climb by the small town of Reguengo do Fetal, you’ll reach the white sanctuary in all its splendour. In the Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Fátima, visit the three churches that mark the growth of this religious place.
Enter the complex through one of the sides of the newly built Basílica da Santíssima Trindade (Holy Trinity Basilica), and look onwards to find the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica) atop the hill and, roughly in the middle of the complex, the humble Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Aparitions) - built in the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to the three young shepherds.
Be it the first time you visit the sanctuary or a recurrent pilgrimage, the spirit of this place and the strength of the belief of its pilgrims never cease to amaze.
Overnight in Fátima.
Day 06
Departure
(Optional) private transfer from Fátima to Lisboa/Porto.
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Dates & Prices

From 739,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

Single supplement: from 135€

*This tour is not available from 05th May to15th May

 

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Included

5 nights on selected accommodations with breakfast (based on 3* lodgings or similar)
Briefing with A2Z guide
Luggage transfers 1 bag per person - up to 20kg/bag
Maps and documentation
GPS tracks (using the app "Ride with GPS" on your phone)
Insurance
24 hours support line

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