MÍSTICO – THE MYSTIQUE
This tour takes us to some of the most symbolic places of the Portuguese Catholic Mysticism. We start with a visit to the city of Fatima, which celebrated this year the 100th anniversary of the visions of Our Lady of Fatima and was visited by Pope Francis for the occasion. Join pilgrims from all over the world who gather daily at the small Chapel of Santa Iria and at the Sanctuary. The village of Batalha is worth visiting for its extraordinary Gothic Monestary, which dates back to the 14th Century, and which King John 1st of Portugal dedicated to the Virgin Mary for helping him win the Battle of Aljubarrota (fought between Spain and Portugal).
We then go towards the coast, to Nazaré, a fishermen village strategically located on a very high sea cliff. It has welcomed swimmers and pilgrims from all over who gather at the Ermida da Memória (Memory Chapel) where the statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is kept. Today, Nazaré also welcomes many surfers who come to surf the world’s biggest wave! This is the perfect spot for a gastronomic stop, after the fishing traditions of the people of Nazaré. Óbidos is a small medieval jewel, a village inside the walls which is extraordinarilly well preserved and which amazes all those who visit it, especially those who love chocolate, cherry liqueur, and literature!