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Nazareth and Alcobaça. Giant waves and historical monasteries
Right on the west of Portugal and a hundred kilometers from Lisbon, the Portuguese village of Nazaré looks like a most typical tourist posters in the country.
This is a village with a long tradition cantered on boats and fishing nets. Fishermen are the largest workforce in this locality and the fishwives still wear the traditional seven skirts today.
It offers a mix of golden beaches that invite you on long walks and the practice of sea sports. Nowadays, the village is known all over the world for surfing, thanks to the Nazaré Cannon, an underwater phenomenon that causes the giant waves.
And what about Alcobaça? Situated between the mountains and the ocean, it is one of the most widely recognized and beautiful corners of Portugal.
On this tour, you will discover the historical past of the Order of Cister and savour one of the best convent sweets in the country in a city heavily influenced by the monasteries and convents of the Order of Cisterers. It has a regional gastronomy that will not fail to impress.
A journey of giant waves and stories from another times
Come and stroll quietly through the narrow, candlesticks streets of Nazaré, right next to relaxing beaches. For a breath-taking panorama of the sand, you can climb the “Sítio”, an impressive headland where the rock plunges into the sea at your feet.
In this place of devotion to Our Lady of Nazaré, a candidate for UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity, the landscape is stunning.
Enjoy the show at Praia do Norte, where surfers dominate the waves that exceed twenty meters high. Take a relaxing break at a local restaurant and enjoy grilled fish, fresh seafood and the famous fish stews. Wines from the region will round out your meal.
This private tour then goes to Alcobaça. Here, you will see the imposing Monastery of Alcobaça, one of the main in the country and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. If you like history, here you will discover some of the best kept secrets in the history of the foundation of Portugal.
You will hear one of the most beautiful and tragic love stories ever, the story of Pedro and Inês, whose tombs are in the Monastery. Did you know that after the death of his wife, D. Constance, Pedro and Inês lived in the Palaces of Santa Clara in Coimbra with their four children for years? But the court constantly pressed D. Afonso IV, who eventually had Inês de Castro assassinated in January 1355.
Mad with pain, Pedro led a revolt against the king and never forgave his father’s murder of his beloved. When he assumed the crown in 1357, D. Pedro had the assassins arrested and killed, ripping their hearts out, which earned him the nickname “The Cruel”.
Accept this invitation and escape the urban routine.
Come and discover all the charms of the two of main regions of the central area of Portugal, where you will be able to mix history and tradition with rest and relaxation.
Join us on this visit that lasts approximately ten to twelve hours and passes through alleys, viewpoints, wonderful landscapes and enchanting beaches. All this while experiencing the mouth-watering local cuisine.
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Dry Fish Market - Yolk Nazarenes - Typical Costume
Meet the Nazarenes and talk to them at the Dry Fish Market, where every day a dozen women continue to dry the fish in paneiros and where you can observe the colourful traditional boats exposed on the beach.
The Nazarene women's costume, rich and artistically produced, is linked to the mysticism of number seven and the life of the sea. Composed of seven skirts, white and coloured, pieces of crochet or lace, which end with one in Scottish cloth, cashmere, pleated terylene, or blue cheetah with velvet bar, represent the seven virtues, the seven days of the week, the seven colours of the rainbow or the seven waves of the sea.
Monument to the Shipwrecked
Here we greet the Nazarene Mother and pay respectful tribute.
Live Dry Fish Museum (Optional)
The old fish market has given way to a very interesting memory space dedicated to the laborious art of the famous dried fish of Nazareth.
Viewpoint of Nazaré - Viewpoint of Suberco – Lift of Nazaré
Ex-libris da Nazaré and visited annually by thousands of tourists, the Ascensor da Nazaré was built in 1889, works with the cable uncovered on pulleys, in an extension of 318 meters, with an inclination of 42%.
Pederneira Viewpoint and Pederneira Mercy Church
Church of Mercy (Born from a chapel created in 1560, to house the Brotherhood of Mercy of Pederneira, which has undergone refurbishments over the centuries).
Viewpoint of Sítio da Nazaré
The Sítio is probably one of the most emblematic viewpoints of Portugal, on the beach in half-moon we can enjoy the houses running towards the sea and the blue horizon to lose sight of the sea.
Shrine of Our Lady of Nazareth
Construction beginning in 1377, with the aim of housing the image of Our Lady of Nazareth and pilgrims.
Fort of S. Miguel - Viewpoint and Lighthouse of Nazaré
It was built at the tip of the headland of Nazareth, by King Sebastian in 1577, to defend the fishing people of Pederneira. In the 17th century it was expanded and modernized and currently installs a vessel aid beacon.
The spot most appreciated by surfers to brave the giant waves.
It is associated with the Miracle of Our Lady of Nazareth. It was built at the behest of Don Fuas Roupinho, after, on a day of hunting on the edge of the precipice, he invoked the Virgin in a moment of distress.
Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum Dr. Joaquim Manso (Optional)
It was inaugurated in 1976 and is headquartered in Sítio da Nazaré.
The Monastery of Alcobaça speaks of the foundation of the country, which separated from Castile in the 12th century and the abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça was founded in the 19th century. XIII by King Alfonso I.
On the visit to the Monastery of Alcobaça we will have the opportunity to enjoy its 200 meters of façade of pure lines with the church, in the centre of the set. The entrance to the Monastery of Alcobaça is through the Hall of Kings, where are the statues of two dozen Portuguese monarchs.
In the church, the prominent place is given to the tombs of Peter I and Agnes of Castro, alone in the vastness of the transept of the church. After the church, we will enjoy the beautiful Cloister of D. Dinis, the Chapter Room, the Refectory, the Monks' Room and the New Kitchen and its tank.
On the upper floor of the monastery, the vast dormitory that served as an apartment to the Abbot of Alcobaça, from where you can enjoy the beautiful garden of the Cloister of the Inn that communicates with the Monks Dormitory.
In addition to the Monastery of Alcobaça we can also visit the ruins of a very old Visigoth castle, predating the Moorish domain, in the 7th century.
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