History and Heritage
About the Tour
In this tour we will visit the Convent of Christ and the aqueduct of Pegões in Tomar and the Monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça
We begin our tour with the pick up at your hotel in Fátima at 9:30 a.m.
Our first stop is Tomar - The city of the Templar Knights. We will visit the medieval castle and the Convent of Christ. In the middle ages this World Heritage Site was the headquarters of the portuguese Templar Knights and later the Order of Christ, their successor in Portugal after the extintion of the Templars.
Around 12:30 we will descend to the city where a medieval lunch waits for us at the restaurant Taberna Antiqua.
Aqueduct of Pegões - Very close to Tomar we will find the aqueduct of Pegões, built in the 16th century with the purpose of supplying water to the Convent of Christ. This imposing monument with almost 4 miles of extension provides us a magnific view over its valley.
Batalha Monastery - Built in the 14th century and dedicated to Holy Mary by king João I in gratitude for his victory over the Castillian troops in the Battle of Aljubarrota, this late gothic masterpiece was classified an World Heritage Site in 1983 by Unesco.
Alcobaça Monastery - Our last stop is the Alcobaça Monastery, it was built in the gothic, manueline and barroque architectural styles and belonged to the order of Cister. In the side wings of the main church we will encounter the magnificent tombs of King Pedro I and his lover and queen Inês de Castro. These tombs are unique examples of the gothic sculpture in Portugal.
And to finish our visit to Alcobaça there is nothing better than taste the best pastel de nata in Portugal made by the award winning Alcoa pastry shop.
Return to Fátima
Finished the tour we will arrive at Fátima around 5:30 p.m.