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Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos
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Explore Central Portugal in a sustainable TESLA with a local driver in an 8-hour journey! Visit the religious and spiritual city of Fatima. Get to know the medieval castle of Obidos and the Batalha Monastery. Go to Nazaré and watch the biggest waves in the world!
Live Electric Tours presents you with the most private tour departing from the city of Lisbon. Just book your tour, choose where you want us to pick you up, and relax on a memorable journey on board of an amazing Tesla.
We have different options for you to choose. Go to the religious and mystic town of Fatima, visit the vineyards and cellars in Evora, taste the delicious cuttlefish of Setubal, get lost in the beautiful beaches of Arrabida, discover magical forests and castles in Sintra or watch the biggest waves in the World in Nazeré.
Today, this tour will take you to Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos.
We start this tour to visit the famous Fátima Shrine. Being Catholic or not, this is a mandatory stop. It is one of the biggest centers of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary of the Catholic world, the famous Fatima Shrine attracts more than 1 million pilgrims every year. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady and the Chapel of Apparitions.
Then we will go to the small town called Batalha. Visit the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória masterpiece of Gothic architecture, world heritage of UNESCO.
Then, indulge yourself with fresh fish from the fishing village and Surf Mecca of Nazaré framed by the Atlantic Ocean.
After lunch explore the charming medieval town of Obidos surrounded by imposing walls of the fourteenth century that make up a castle well preserved. Scroll through your walls and landscapes of small alleys and churches, and taste Ginjinha de Obidos a liquor that you will never forget.
In this 8-hour tour from Lisbon to Central Portugal, your independence and autonomy are guaranteed. Do you wish to change your route and take an alternative road? Don’t worry, your tour is customizable! Just let our driver know, and he will take you any place you want in that area!
All of this on board of a fantastic TESLA. With this totally sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle we have managed to save tons of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, making the city and our world cleaner places. That is why we were considered the best “Sustainable Tourism” StartUp in the world in 2020, for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Explore Central Portugal in the most luxurious and private way!
- Private Driver and a Luxury Tesla Vehicle (Model 3 / Model S or Model X)
- Pick-up and Drop-off at your hotel or apartment, airport or cruise terminal or other meeting point in Lisbon.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Bottled Water
- We present you with a suggested itinerary, however you can adjust this tour according to your interests and expectations.
- Civil Liability, Personal Accidents and Car Insurance
- Personal Expenses
- Entrance Tickets to Monuments / Museums
Fátima is a city in the municipality of Ourém, Beira Litoral Province, in the Central Region and Médio Tejo intermunicipal community of Portugal, with 71.29 km2 of area and 11,788 inhabitants.
The worldwide fame of the city is permanently associated with the apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported by three little shepherds – Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta – from 13 May until 13 October 1917. The Catholic Church later recognized these events as "worthy of belief". A small chapel, now known as the Chapel of the Apparitions, was built at the site of the alleged supernatural events, and a precious statue of Our Lady of Fátima installed.
Due to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a Marian shrine complex containing two minor basilicas, located in the wealthy quarter of Cova da Iria, the city has become in one of the most important international destinations of religious tourism, receiving between 6 and 8 million pilgrims by year. It attracts the religious, but also those who seek a peaceful lifestyle usually only found in the convents and monasteries.
SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
The Sanctuary of Fátima (Portuguese: Santuário de Fátima), also known as Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (Portuguese: Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Fátima), is a group of Catholic religious buildings and structures in Cova da Iria, in the civil parish of Fátima, in the municipality of Ourém, in Portugal.
In addition to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary (Portuguese: Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário), the shrine consists of the Chapel of the Lausperene (Portuguese: Capela do Lausperene), a great oak tree (near which the 1917 Marian Apparitions occurred), a monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Portuguese: Monumento ao Sagrado Coração de Jesus) and the Chapel of the Apparitions (Portuguese: Capelinha das Aparições), where three children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, said they were first visited by the Virgin Mary. In addition, several other structures and monuments were built in the intervening years to commemorate the events.
Across from the main sanctuary is the much larger Basilica of the Holy Trinity constructed after 1953, owing to the limited scale of the Sanctuary for large-scale pilgrimages and religious services.
THE CHAPEL OF APPARITIONS
The Chapel of the Apparitions (Portuguese: Capelinha das Aparições) is a small chapel located in Cova da Iria that was constructed in the 1920s to mark the exact location where three little shepherd children reported having received the famous apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal.
The chapel was built in response to the demand of Our Lady of the Rosary (after named as Our Lady of Fátima) to the three little shepherds (Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta): "I want you to make a chapel here in my honour". The chapel was built on the exact spot of the apparitions in Fátima in 1917 as half-remembered by Lúcia. From 28 April to 15 June 1919, the task of constructing the chapel was performed by a mason by the name of Joaquim Barbeiro from the village of Santa Catarina da Serra. On 13 October 1921, the celebration of the Mass was officially allowed by the local Bishop for the first time next to the Chapel.
In 1919, the construction of the little chapel started with the authorization of Lucia's mother and the loudly publicized discreet acquiescence of the parish priest of Fátima, who could not commit himself until the Bishop made a canonical law abiding pronouncement on the matter which soon came.
On 6 March 1922, anticlerical adversaries of the Catholic Church put a powerful bomb inside the unbuilt Fátima chapel at Cova da Iria which blew up the hole in the ground thereby enlarging it. In December 1922, reconstruction of the chapel was restarted. On 23 October 1922, as reported by the daily newspaper Diário de Notícias, a group of people from the county seat of Ourém went to Cova da Iria and were supposed to have tried to cut down the tree of the apparitions. When Sister Lúcia heard about it she ran to the location and, much to her joy, she saw they had cut down the wrong tree, one which was close to the holm-oak which stood alone in the center of a clearing on which Our Lady had shown herself.
The chapel is part of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and it is visited at least by 6 million pilgrims every year.
"THE LIFE OF CHRIST" MUSEUM
Also much more than a tourist trap, this purpose-built museum is endowed with more than 200 high-quality waxwork figures recounting the life of Christ.
The route that the three shepherds took from Aljustrel to the site of the apparitions at Cova da Iria was turned into a “Via Sacra” in the second half of the 20th century.
There’s a paved path through idyllic olive and holm oak groves, with 14 stops, each for a station of the cross.
It all ends with a 15th station, the Santo Estêvão Chapel, to represent the resurrection.
Like the rest of the Via Sacra this was funded by Hungarian Catholics, unable to practice their religion in their own country during the Cold War.
Batalha is a town and a municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, Portugal. The town's name means battle. The municipality population in 2011 was 15,805.
The town was founded by King D. João I of Portugal, jointly with the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória na Batalha, to pay homage to the Portuguese victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota (August 14, 1385) that put an end to the 1383–1385 Crisis.
The Monastery of Batalha (Portuguese: Mosteiro da Batalha), literally the Monastery of the Battle, is a Dominican convent in the municipality of Batalha, in the district of Leiria, in the Centro Region of Portugal. Originally, and officially, known as the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory (Portuguese: Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória), it was erected in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota and would serve as the burial church of the 15th-century Aviz dynasty of Portuguese royalty. It is one of the best and original examples of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal, intermingled with the Manueline style.
Nazare is a municipality in Oeste region and Leiria District, in historical Estremadura province of Portugal.
It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast (Costa da Prata). The population in 2011 was 15,158, in an area of 82.43 km?2;.
The town consists of three neighbourhoods: Praia (along the beach), Sítio (an old village, on top of a cliff) and Pederneira (another old village, on a hilltop). Praia and Sítio are linked by the Nazaré Funicular, a funicular railway. It is very well known worlwide for being a Mecca for Big Wave surfers!
Óbidos is a town and a municipality in Oeste region. The town proper has approximately 3100 inhabitants
In Roman times, the region was the westernmost limit of the Roman Empire. Near modern-day Obidos was a town called Beleza Moreira, about which little is known due to its recent discovery. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Moors took over most of the Iberian Peninsula and ruled the Obidos area until 1148. In that year, Afonso Henriques captured and claimed the town for Portugal. In 1195, the town received its first charter under the second king of Portugal, Sancho I.
Under Portuguese rule and thanks to its location along the Atlantic Ocean, Obidos flourished into a major trading port. It enjoyed the favor of one 13th-century queen, Dona Isabel, to whom Obidos was first given as a wedding present. Unfortunately, by the 16th century, large deposits of silt at the river delta dammed up the harbor area and destroyed the port. However, the city remained a favorite among the royal family of Portugal, and every Portuguese queen after Dona Isabel, up until the 1800s, was given Obidos as a wedding present. Though monarchs no longer rule the country, Obidos continues to be a popular destination during the summer, when tourists jam the streets to explore the city’s medieval charm.
The history of medieval Portugal is well documented by a number of artifacts, but also in its incredibly beautiful buildings. One of such structures is Castelo de Óbidos – a castle with roots deep in antiquity.
The castle is one of the official wonders of Portugal, and it’s a source of national pride. The rich story of the area of the settlement sounds like a movie scenario. The castle was a witness to fights for the throne, political changes, and even Roman activities. It continues to be one of the central sites related to the colorful history of Portugal. It was a home to broken hearted queens and a safe harbor for some kings.
Now the Óbidos castle is a famous site, but two centuries ago it was just another Roman settlement. This location was mentioned by Pliny the Elder, and it is known that it was an important place for Romans until it became a Visigoth territory in the 5th century. Later, the area belonged to Muslims, who fortified the town during the 8th century. This was the beginning of the castle’s construction.
The Lagoon of Óbidos is the most extensive lagunar system in the coast of Portugal. It has an approximate area of 6.9 square kilometres and an average depth of two meters, with a quota that goes from half a meter to five meters.
The Lagoon of Óbidos extends through two branches: Braço do Bom Sucesso towards West, and the Braço da Barrosa facing East. It also borders the municipality of Caldas da Rainha (North) with the Parish Councils of Foz do Arelho and Nadadouro, and the municipality of Óbidos (South) with the Parish Councils of Vau and Saint Maria.
It has a maximum length of 6 kilometres and a width that varies from 1 and 1,5 km, with a NW-SW orientation. The Lagoon was actually much larger having reached, in earlier times, the Castle walls of Óbidos.
The natural tendency of the Lagoon of Óbidos is to close its connection to the sea, become a swamp and eventually disappear. Also, with the human presence, silting has increased mainly due to the constant changes that have occurred in the lagoon and which have lead to the accumulation large sediment deposits. However, the population has tried to invert the situation by intervening through dredging, increasing the profundity of the lagoon.
The beach of Baleal sits at the opposite end of the wide bay, around 4km (3 miles) from the town of Peniche. The sandy beach here connects the island of Baleal to the mainland around 100 metres away.
Baleal is a great, clean beach popular with families and even more so, surfers. The variety of coastline here means there are waves suitable for all levels of surfer and all weather conditions.
BUDDHA EDEN GARDEN
Who would have guessed? Just an hour north of Lisbon, in the countryside, is a beautiful managed garden intended as “a place for reconciliation.” Buddha Eden is 35 hectares (86 acres) of natural fields, lakes, manicured gardens, contemporary sculpture…and Buddhist statuary!
The story of how the garden came into existence is both intriguing and endearing. In 2001, wealthy Portuguese investor and art patron José Berardo was shocked by the Taliban government’s destruction of the Giant Buddhas in Afghanistan. In response to the demolition of these masterpieces of the late Gandhara period, Berardo initiated the Buddha Eden in an homage to the cultural and spiritual monuments.
Six tons of marble Buddhas and figures were are installed throughout the garden. Walkways, piers and gazebos provide access to areas for contemplation. And additional feature of the gardens is a cobalt blue replication of the Terracotta Army from China.
A portion of Berardo’s vast sculpture collection is here too. The Garden of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture showcases works by Joana Vasconcelos, Alexander Calder, Fernando Botero, Tony Cragg, Lynn Chadwick, Allen Jones and many others. The African Sculpture Art Garden is dedicated to the Shona people of Zimbabwe, who for over a thousand years have carved stone by hand into works of art. There are more than 200 African works arranged under the shade of 1000 palms.
The non-profit Berardo Foundation manages the facility with the mission to create a space for all people regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age or social standing. They call for unity, communication and meditation as a way to discover happiness. And, perhaps in doing so, these actions counterbalance the destruction in Afghanistan, and instead, spread a culture of peace.
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