The Monastery of Alcobaça (or the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça) was the first major structure in Gothic architecture to be built in Portugal. The works began in 1178 and were carried out by Cistercian monks. The Monastery of Alcobaça is also the resting place of King Pedro I and Inês de Castro, the protagonists of the most famous (and tragic) Portuguese love story. Located in the Church’s transept, their tombs are true masterpieces of Gothic sculpture!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area? From Lisbon to Sintra, get ready to discover unique, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! The Lisbon Metropolitan Area is a region located in the center-south of Portugal and its capital is the city of Lisbon. In addition, it’s the second most populous region in the country and the fifth largest, encompassing part of the Lisbon and Setúbal districts!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in the Azores? From Angra do Heroísmo to Pico Island, get ready to discover beautiful and jaw-dropping sites! The Autonomous Region of the Azores is a region located in the Atlantic Ocean and its capitals are the cities of Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo, and Horta. In addition, it’s the least populous region in Portugal and the sixth largest, encompassing Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo islands!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in Alentejo? From Évora to Elvas, get ready to discover unique, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! The Alentejo Region or Alentejo is a region located in the center-south of Portugal and its capital is the city of Évora. In addition, it’s the fourth most populous region in the country and the largest, encompassing the Beja and Évora districts, and part of the Santarém and Setúbal districts!
The National Railway Museum is one of the most fascinating museums in Portugal. Located in Entroncamento, it’s the perfect place to visit on a day trip from Lisbon – especially if you travel by train! The collection of the National Railway Museum is made up of around 36,000 objects, including locomotives, carriages, and wagons since the times of the steam engine. In addition, it has two masterpieces of rail transportation in Portugal on display: the Royal Train and the Presidential Train!
The Monastery of Batalha, officially the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, is a Manueline-style monument that was built by King João I. Located in the town of Batalha, in the Leiria district, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary after the Portuguese victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota! The Monastery of Batalha was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and declared one of the “7 Wonders of Portugal” in 2007. In addition, it gained the status of National Pantheon in 2016!
Torres Novas is a city and municipality in the Santarém district, situated 110 km from Lisbon. This means that this Torres Novas itinerary is the ideal choice for a day trip from the Portuguese capital or the perfect stopover on a road trip through the Médio Tejo! Despite not being as touristy and popular as Tomar or Fátima, Torres Novas has an impressive past. Proof of that are monuments like the Castle of Torres Novas, the Carlos Reis Municipal Museum, and the Roman Ruins of Villa Cardillio!
The Carlos Reis Municipal Museum was founded in 1933, in Torres Novas. The painter Carlos Reis created both portraits of the upper class and scenes of the Portuguese people. Besides, he became known for his friendship with King Carlos I! What’s most impressive about the Carlos Reis Municipal Museum is the diversity of the collections. There’s a historic and ethnographic nucleus of Torres Novas, an exhibition about Carlos Reis, dozens of archaeological artifacts, and a collection of sacred art!
Tomar is a city and municipality in the Santarém district, situated 135 km from Lisbon. This means that this Tomar itinerary is the ideal choice for a day trip from the Portuguese capital, or even the perfect stopover on a road trip through the Médio Tejo sub-region (in the Central Region)! The city of Tomar was founded by the Knights Templar and has some of the most emblematic monuments in the country. One of them is the Convent of Christ, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983!
The National Forest of the Seven Hills is the main park in Tomar. With about 39 hectares, it’s also called Fence of the Convent of Christ, as it was owned by the Order of Christ until the extinction of religious orders in 1834. Nowadays, the National Forest of the Seven Hills is the ideal place in Tomar for walking, doing sports, and enjoying nature and the outdoors. Here, you’ll find several picnic parks and hiking trails, as well as a children’s playground and other points of interest!