A Week in Portugal (Obidos, Nazare, and Fatima)

Continuing a week in Portugal, we went to Belém on the next day. It is known to be the civil parish of Lisbon City’s municipality, which is at the mouth of the Tagus River. this was our first stop for Day 4 in Portugal.

The plan is to visit: Belém Tower in Lisbon first, next to Casa do Castelo in Obidos, next in line will be then beach side of Nazare, then Alcobaca City and lastly The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima.

A Week in Portugal

Belem Tower

Where I’ve heard a lot of Filipinos who are living there and also the famous apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Which has millions of devotees who come to visit her from all over the world. She is known to heal and make your prayers come true.

Belem Tower, Portugal

Our list was really full, for a week in Portugal I would love to visit all the interesting places. Today, we went out from the hotel around 10:00 am after our massive buffet breakfast. Then packed up all the things needed then get the car for the longest ride of the day.

Tagus River, Lisbon

Tagum River, Lisbon Portugal

At the arrival in Belém Tower, we had the car park not too far from it. Only 10-15 meters away but it was cozy causes to pay 2 euros for just a quick parking.

Evidently, we were a bit of shocked since Lisbon is really a cheap city. With your 5-7 euros, you can have a full meal but well considering the place to park not too far from the river and Belém is not bad at all.

Tagus River
If ever you will come here with your car. It’s either you’ll get the parking space the same as us or you can also try to park somewhere else far from the area for a bit. But you might walk more so depending really on your preference. Or you can also take the subway easier for those who don’t travel by car.

25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon

Tower Bridge
The view of the Tagus River garnering the title of the longest river of the Iberian Peninsula was fantastic with the 25 de Abril Bridge this two made a splendid combination.

Belém Tower is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with an entrance fee of 6 euros per person but in my case, I haven’t had the time to visit it with the long list I got.

Bridge at Tagus River

I desperately need to manage my time for the rest of the day. However for you out there this place is a must to visit put it on your list. don’t finish your vacation in Lisbon without visiting this one. Spending a week in Portugal might be long for you but this place is a must to go.

If you have time try to have a look at the inside of Belém Tower so this is how it looks it the outside part just a wonderful view.

Casa do Castelo, Obidos

Obidos castle

Featured as one of the most visited places in Europe is Casa do Castelo in Obidos a about an hour drive from Lisbon.

The Castle itself is still intact, surrounded by villagers houses and it’s pretty amazing. You will see that the houses are all around with it. has actually a hotel and restaurants inside and you can also climb up on the wall.

Castle of Obidos

It’s about 30-40 minutes of walk through it from the beginning till the end. There’s no entrance fee all you need to do is to come here and bring your sneakers and climb up the wall.

I promise this is the most adventurous tour I have ever had.

The Beautiful View

Obidos Village

Nazare, Portugal


The Disneyland of surfers I must say a dreamland for all surfers, I would personally call it as “The City of Waves Nazare”  in western part of Portugal.

After the long walk at the wall of the castle, we drove to this seaside part of Nazare which is really known for this gigantic waves.

The first I did was to run to the ocean and look for the big waves. But unfortunately, it wasn’t the season yet so I have to be contented of its extraordinary view of rocks formations and the blue ocean.

Nazare surfers bay

Looking at the sea there were surfers practicing on smaller waves. I must say there were pretty cool to look at. I was trying to film them and take pictures of them, with their surfboard floating and trying to catch up some medium waves.

Watching them meters away makes me feel a little child who wants to try surfing and playing with waves.

Surfers In the Sea

surfers in nazare

The view is extraordinary refreshing, from the breeze of the air, the ray of the sun a total package that you can rarely find. I would love to prolong a week in Portugal just to be here and adore the ocean.

After a short walk, we decided to eat ice cream while watching around the area. There’s a cable car on the right side of the mountain where you can ride on it to go to the upper side of Nazare.

Stroll in Nazare

The Cable Car

Cable Car

I absolutely recommend you this place you can spend a whole vacation here. If you love surfing, waves, the beach, mountains, good food a perfect place.

How to get to Nazare? it’s either you go by car 1 hour and 30 drive. Or you can also go by a train called Rede-Expressos that will cost you cheaper or tour buses.

Alcobaça Monastery, Portugal

Minutes drive away from the City of Nazare is Alcobaça City mainly featuring the long and somber façade Monastery of 18th-century.

It has several different images from other normal Monastery that I have been to. This one specifically has its own form of a cone shape on its wall as well as the outside part. It reminds me of the temples that I’ve seen in Asia like in Vietnam, Cambodia, or Thailand.

Church of alobaça

The interior part was pretty silent and calm. There were palm leaves on the side part since its already the Holy Week Portuguese people are also very religious.

interior of church

There were as well some various types of statues which represents Saints and Angels. Unfortunately, the museum inside is already closed since we arrived somewhat late in the afternoon in the city so we walk around a bit and decided to drive to Fatima.

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal

Believed to be a sacred place in Portugal, Virgin Mary has appeared to the three children near Fatima. Which led the people to build a shrine and conserve this place for her where devotees and believers come to pray and show their love and devotion.

Upon arriving we its was already around 7:00 pm and the sky is literally dark. The weather has completely changed it was colder than we expected around. I felt differently it was like a wind embraces my body and made me feel really good. We bought some candles and prayed. Seeing these people praying some are crying asking for help with their personal problems.

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal

I must say Mama Mary does help everyone and I believe about her apparition as well the messages that she gave to those three children, and that she does a miracle for the helpless ones.

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

This day was very occupied and well-visited places, very contented with the result. A week in Portugal is almost over, don’t forget to follow our next adventure Unforgettable Week in Portugal Part 4.

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21 Responses

  1. fidelsgirl says:

    I’ve lived in Portugal for 8 years. Miss this country so much 🙂 beautiful pics

  2. Eleazar says:

    Wow you had amazing skies when photographing the Tagus River… and you captured very well the Belém Tower!! Good job 🙂

  3. I want to go to Portugal SO BAD! I’m pretty sure it’s the only Western European country I’ve missed out on. You’ve caputured Lisbon beautifully here! I have the travel bug now! xox

  4. I love Spain, and this makes me really itch to go to Portugal. Love the picture of the crucifix at Our Lady of Fatima!

  5. Great pictures! We are planning a European Vacation for next year and our still deciding on what countries to visit. Portugal was under consideration. thank you for sharing this.

  6. abbigaylew says:

    oh my goodness Portugal is so beautiful! I’ve been planning a Europe trip for a while and its on my list! I love looking through our pictures!

  7. Wow these photos are absolutely breathtaking! I would LOVE to visit Portugal someday. Thanks for sharing <3

  8. Sian Lifts Weights says:

    Youve captured some amazing views here, what it must have been like to see them in person! I love portugal its such an amazing place to visit!

  9. Wow, such beautiful place to visit. I seriously want to whip out my passport and hop on a plane.

  10. Gillie says:

    I enjoyed Portugal very much. We stayed in Sintra and it was fascinating. All the castles! So much history to absorb. everyone was so nice. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  11. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. Love all of the pictures you included in this post.

  12. Tita Pacita says:

    Wow, I have a friend who studies in Lisbon, too, and your posts definitely validate how the place doesn’t fall short of scenic views and the peaceful ambiance is everything! 😀

  13. Claire says:

    WOW! Photos from Tagus River and Casa do Castelo, Obidos looks AMAZING. They are so beautiful. I would love to visit there.

  14. Jenn Leach says:

    The photos are truly stunning. I had family living in Portugal for a few years. I’m so saddened I didn’t get to visit while they were there.

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