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Discover the Wonders of Fátima, Óbidos and Nazaré: An Unforgettable Itinerary through the Heart of Portugal


Portugal is a country full of hidden treasures, and there's nothing better than exploring three of its most charming villages to immerse yourself in its rich culture and history. On this tour, you'll have the chance to visit Fátima, Óbidos and Nazaré - three distinct destinations that promise an unforgettable experience. Get ready for a journey full of spirituality, natural beauty and cultural heritage.




Fátima, Óbidos & Nazaré

There are three distinct destinations that promise an unforgettable experience due to their great diversity. Fátima is a symbol of faith and spirituality for millions of people who go on pilgrimage to this sacred place every year. Nazaré is enchanting and also a paradise for lovers of surfing and gastronomy. Its giant waves attract hundreds of people trying to get the best view of Praia do Norte. Óbidos is a picturesque little town with its imposing walls where walking through its very traditional and beautiful narrow streets and observing its ancient walls is like taking a trip back in time. Are you curious? Then come and explore with us on this private tour in the centre of Portugal.





Fatima: Meeting with Spirituality

Fátima, Óbidos e Nazaré | MoonShadow Tours

Our journey begins in Fátima, an iconic city in the centre of Portugal, known worldwide for its sanctuary.


Fátima, located in the heart of Portugal, is more than just a city; it is a symbol of faith and spirituality for millions of people around the world. This sacred destination offers a deeply moving and enriching experience, whether for devotees or those seeking to understand Portugal's religious history and culture.


During the tour you can visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, where on 13 May 1917, while shepherding a small flock in Cova da Iria and after praying the rosary around midday, they suddenly saw a light and a "Lady brighter than the sun" on top of a small holm oak tree (where the Chapel of the Apparitions now stands). The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to the three little shepherds: Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, and where the imposing Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary was later built, adorned with golden angels who guard the sacred site.



The Sanctuary of Fátima is one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, attracting millions of visitors every year.


Sanctuary of Fátima: A Place of Pilgrimage and Faith

The Sanctuary of Fátima is undoubtedly the highlight of a visit to this city. This religious complex, which extends over a vast area, is made up of several sacred structures that attract pilgrims from all over the world.

  • Chapel of the Apparitions: This is the exact spot where, according to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. The chapel is a simple but deeply reverent space where visitors can reflect and pray. The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima have profoundly marked the city's history and made Fatima one of the greatest centres of Marian devotion in the world.

  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary: With its neo-baroque architecture, this basilica is one of the sanctuary's main landmarks. Inside are the tombs of the three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. The images of golden angels that adorn the altar create an atmosphere of peace and spirituality, making a visit to this place a truly mystical experience.

  • Basilica of the Holy Trinity: Inaugurated in 2007, this modern church contrasts with the traditional architecture of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. With a capacity for 8,000 people, it is a testimony to the continuing and growing devotion to the shrine. The basilica's contemporary, minimalist design creates a space of serenity and reflection.



Factory of Religious Articles

Another highlight of a visit to Fátima is the religious articles factory. This place offers a unique insight into the production of devotional objects, from rosaries and statues to religious images and candles. The factory not only creates new items, but also restores old pieces, preserving Portugal's religious heritage.


Visitors can explore the diversity of products available, ranging from religious accessories to wines and typical Portuguese souvenirs. This stop is ideal for acquiring meaningful souvenirs, which serve both as memories of the visit and as gifts for friends and family.


We also have an option for the less religious, in case a visit to the religious articles factory doesn't interest you. Discover the Moeda Caves.



Moeda Caves: Hidden Natural Beauty
Fátima, Óbidos e Nazaré | MoonShadow Tours

Just a few minutes from Fátima, the Moeda Caves (Grutas da Moeda) offer a fascinating experience for nature lovers. These limestone caves, formed over millennia, feature impressive geological formations such as stalactites and stalagmites that offer a natural spectacle. They are considered the most beautiful caves in Portugal. The guided tour includes stories about their discovery and exploration, providing an interesting complement to the spiritual experience of Fátima.


After visiting the caves, visitors are invited to taste a local liqueur, a tradition that celebrates Portuguese hospitality and offers an authentic taste of the region.




Nazaré: The Spectacle of Giant Waves

Fátima, Óbidos e Nazaré | MoonShadow Tours

We continue on to Nazaré, a coastal town famous for its distinctive beaches and giant waves. On the promontory where you'll find the Forte de S. Jorge or Nazaré Lighthouse, you'll have a breathtaking view of the sea and two beautiful beaches. To the south, Nazaré beach, where the town is located, is quiet and inviting, perfect for a relaxing day by the sea. To the north, Praia do Norte is known for its rough sea and the giant waves created by the so-called Nazaré canyon, which is nothing more than an underwater gorge that exists in front of Nazaré, and is largely responsible for generating the big waves at Praia do Norte, in combination with a series of other elements of nature that are sometimes favourable, such as the big swells of the Atlantic Ocean, the joining of two wave directions, the tides, the wind, the currents and the bottoms, providing a natural spectacle that attracts surfers from all over the world.


This charming destination is also a paradise for food lovers. As a fishing village, there's no shortage of fresh fish on the table, and Nazaré invites visitors to enjoy a variety of dishes that capture the essence of Portuguese cuisine.


Typical dishes from Nazaré
  • Grilled fish: Nazaré is famous for its fresh fish, often caught the same day it is served. Local restaurants are masters of the art of grilling fish, such as sardines, sea bass and sea bream, seasoned only with coarse salt and olive oil, allowing the natural flavours to shine through.

  • Caldeirada: This traditional fish stew is an iconic Nazaré dish. Made with a variety of fresh fish, shellfish, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes, it is cooked slowly in an aromatic broth of white wine and herbs. Each bite offers a rich and complex flavour, reflecting the bounty of the sea.

  • Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato: This simple but delicious dish consists of clams cooked in olive oil, garlic, coriander and white wine. Served as a starter or main course, it's perfect for those who enjoy the pure, fresh flavours of seafood.

  • Arroz de Marisco: A speciality of the region, this dish combines boiled rice with a generous amount of shellfish, including prawns, langoustines, clams and mussels, all in a tasty, well-seasoned broth.

Bolas de Berlin tour Fátima, Óbidos e Nazaré | MoonShadow Tours

For the locals, there's nothing better than watching the sunset on the beach and eating a Bola de Berlin, a traditional cake from our country. Although they originated in Germany, these delicacies are very popular on Portuguese beaches, including Nazaré. Filled with custard or dulce de leche, they're perfect for a sweet snack after a day at the beach.


 

Fun fact: The Bola de Berlim originated in northern Germany and was brought to Portugal during the Second World War. Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany found jobs in pastry shops and cafés, where they were taught how to make some typically Germanic sweets, such as the famous "berlinesa" ("berliner"). However, the pastry underwent adaptations to suit national tastes, namely the filling with dulce de leche (pastry cream).

 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Enjoy our private tours in Fátima, as well as our tour in Tomar about the Knights Templar, both in the centre of Portugal and with a local guide.



Óbidos: A Journey into the Medieval Past

Fátima, Óbidos e Nazaré | MoonShadow Tours

Our last stop on this tour is the medieval town of Óbidos, one of the most picturesque and well-preserved in Portugal. With its imposing walls and cobbled streets, it is one of Portugal's most charming and well-preserved destinations. Walking through its narrow streets and ancient walls is like travelling back in time. Óbidos Castle, voted one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, is an unmissable highlight. In 2015, UNESCO recognised Óbidos as a Literary City, highlighting its rich cultural and literary heritage.


During your visit, be sure to try the famous Ginjinha de Óbidos, a sour cherry liqueur served in chocolate cups, which is a real local delicacy.


This picturesque medieval village offers a journey back in time, allowing you to explore the rich historical and cultural heritage that goes back centuries. It's like leafing through a history book, where every corner is a page from its fascinating past.

Origins and History of Óbidos

Óbidos has a history dating back to pre-Roman times. It was originally a Celtic settlement before being occupied by the Romans. However, the town gained greater importance during the rule of the Moors, who built the first defensive walls. According to history, the battle was a valiant one, both for the knights and for the rest of the Portuguese soldiers who, knowing that the knights were entering from the north, were willing to enter through the front door, allowing Óbidos Castle to be conquered from the Moors on 10 January 1148 by the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, during the Christian Reconquest.


The Medieval Times

Óbidos flourished during the Middle Ages, especially from the 13th century onwards, when King Dinis gifted it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. This tradition of giving the town as a wedding present to various Portuguese queens continued for centuries, earning it the nickname "Town of Queens". This royal status brought significant investment, resulting in the construction of several churches, improved fortifications and a period of prosperity.

  • Óbidos Castle: The castle, one of the town's most emblematic landmarks, dates back to the 12th century and was extensively expanded in the following centuries. Today, transformed into a guesthouse, it allows visitors not only to explore its medieval architecture, but also to experience a stay that harks back to ancient times.

  • Óbidos Walls: The walls that surround the town are a testimony to medieval military engineering. Travelling along its roundabout path offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding landscape, giving you a sense of what it was like to defend the town in medieval times.


Medieval Architecture and Culture

Óbidos is an excellent example of a well-preserved medieval town, where the architecture and urban planning reflect its rich and diverse history.

  • Porta da Vila: The main entrance to Óbidos is one of the most photographed spots. Decorated with 18th century tiles depicting the Passion of Christ, this door is an invitation to explore the historical beauty of the town.

  • Historic Churches: Óbidos has several churches dating back to the Middle Ages. The Church of Santa Maria, located in the main square, was the mother church and the site of the marriage of King Afonso V, still a child, to his cousin Isabel in 1441. The Church of St Peter and the Chapel of St Martin are other notable examples of medieval religious architecture.


The Literature Village

In 2015, Óbidos was designated a Literary City by UNESCO, in honour of its vibrant cultural and literary life. This distinction is reflected in events such as the Óbidos International Literary Festival, which attracts writers and readers from all over the world.


Medieval Experiences in Óbidos
  • Medieval Fair: Every year during the summer, Óbidos is transformed into a medieval setting during the Medieval Fair. This event offers a complete immersion in medieval life, with period costumes, knightly tournaments, music, dancing and banquets. It's a unique opportunity to experience Óbidos' living history.

Ginginha tour Fátima, Óbidos e Nazaré | MoonShadow Tours
  • Ginjinha de Óbidos: A visit to Óbidos is not complete without trying the famous Ginjinha, a liqueur made from sour cherries. Thanks to the influence of the International Chocolate Festival, this drink is now served in glasses or small chocolate cups. Óbidos has no chocolate tradition, but thanks to the ingenious idea of this festival, it has become linked to this ingredient.




Why choose this tour?

This tour offers a unique combination of spirituality, culture and natural beauty.

  • Fátima, with its sanctuary and religious articles factory, offers a profound spiritual experience. The Moeda Caves add a touch of adventure and natural discovery, while tasting the local liqueur offers a special flavour of Portuguese hospitality.

  • Nazaré is not just a place of pilgrimage for surfers and nature lovers; it's also a top gastronomic destination. Combine the thrill of giant waves with the tranquillity of a tasty meal by the sea and you'll discover why Nazaré is an unmissable destination.

  • Óbidos is more than a village; it's a journey through time that offers a window into Portugal's medieval past. With its ancient walls, narrow streets and white houses adorned with flowers, Óbidos enchants all who visit.


Other reasons to consider choosing this tour are that the entire journey takes place in a comfortable, air-conditioned van with a capacity of up to eight people and all the tours are private. On board you have fresh bottled water and a local guide who will tell you these and other stories about the places you pass through.



Book Now and Live This Unique Experience

This tour offers a perfect combination of spirituality, nature and history, providing a complete experience that captures the essence of Portugal. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Fátima, Óbidos and Nazaré with us. Book your tour now and allow yourself to live a transformative experience in the heart of Portugal, and get ready for an unforgettable journey!


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