Top Choice Monastery in Alcobaça

Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça

One of Iberia's great monasteries utterly dominates the town of Alcobaça. Hiding behind the imposing baroque facade lies a high, austere, monkish church (free entry) with a forest of unadorned 12th-century arches. B…
Top Choice Monastery in Batalha

Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória

The extraordinary abbey of Batalha was built to commemorate the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota (fought just south of here). Most of the monument was completed by 1434 in Flamboyant Gothic, but Manueline exuberance steal…
Top Choice Sculpture in Estremadura

Buddha Eden

This large sculpture park on the grounds of a winery is an astonishing sight. Among many other works of art, monumental Buddhist statues stand proud above the cork trees and terracotta warriors look down on a duck-f…
Christian Site in Fátima

Santuário de Fátima

It's difficult to believe that a century ago, this was rocky pastureland outside an insignificant village. This vast complex is now one of Catholicism's major shrines; the focus of enormous devotion and pilgrimage. …
Archaeological Site in Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros

Monumento Natural das Pegadas dos Dinossáurios

On the N357 10km south of Fátima in the village of Bairro, this extraordinary quarry is one of the most important locations for sauropod prints in the world, with more than a thousand individual prints. Visits start…
Historic Site in Óbidos

Castelo, Walls & Aqueduct

You can walk around the unprotected muro (wall) for uplifting views over the town and surrounding countryside. The walls date from Moorish times (later restored), but the castelo (castle) itself is one of Dom Dinis’…
Canyon in Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros


Don't miss stunning Fórnea, Europe's largest natural amphitheatre (around 1km in diameter) in the middle of the limestone park. You can enter from two directions but must go most of the way on foot. The first entran…
Church in Óbidos

Igreja de Santa Maria

The town’s elegant main church, near the northern end of Rua Direita, stands out for its interior, with a wonderful painted ceiling and walls done up in beautiful blue-and-white 17th-century azulejos (hand-painted t…
Island in Peniche

Berlenga Grande

Sitting about 10km offshore from Peniche, and part of the Berlenga archipelago, Berlenga Grande is a spectacular, rocky and remote island, with twisting, shocked-rock formations and gaping caverns.
Beach in Peniche


About 5km to the northeast of Peniche is this scenic island-village, connected to the mainland village of Casais do Baleal by a narrow causeway (note: it's accessed through a car park). The fantastic sweep of sandy …