Unforgettable week in Portugal Part3
Belem Tower, Lisbon
Known to be the civil parish of the municipality of Lisbon City, which is located at the mouth of the Tagus River. this was our first stop for Day 4 in Portugal.
The plan is to visit:
- Belem 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 Santuary of Our Lady of Fatima
Where I’ve heard a lot of Filipinos who are living there and also the famous apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which has a millions of devotees who come to visit her from all over the world. She is known to heal and make your prayers come true.
Our list was really full 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
At the arrival in Belem 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 little bit of shocked since Lisbon is really a cheap city with 5-7 euros you can have a full meal but well considering the place to park not to far from the river and Belem is not bad at all.
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 a bit but you might walk more so depending really on your preference or you can also take the subway much easier for those who doesn’t travel with car.
25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon
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.
Belem Tower is open from 10h-18h 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.
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.
If you have time try to have a look of the inside of Belem Tower so this is how it look it the outside part just a wonderful view.
Casa do Castelo, Obidos
Featured as one of the most visited place in Europe is Casa do Castelo situated in Obidos a more or less an hour drive from Lisbon.
The Castle itself is still intact it is sorrounded by the village is amazing 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.
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 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
The Disneyland of surfers I must say a dreamland for all surfers, the city of waves Nazare located at West 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 run to the ocean and look for the big waves but unfortunately it wasnt the season yet so I have to be contented of the its extraordinary view of rocks formations and the blue ocean.
Looking at the sea there were surfers practicing on smaller waves I must say they’re 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
The view is extraordinary refreshing, from the breeze of the air, the ray of the sun a total package that you can rarely find.
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.
The 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 location.
How to get to Nazare ? it’s either you go by car 1 hour and 30 drive or you can also go by 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 sombre 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 cone like 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.
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.
There were as well some various types of statues which represents Saints and Angels, unfortunately the museum inside is already close since we arrived somewhat late in the afternoon in the city so we walk around a little bit and decided to drive to Fatima.
Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal
It is believed to be a sacred place in Portugal, It is said the Virgin Mary has made an apparition to the three children near fatima and 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 19h and the sky is literally dark, the weather has completely change it was more 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 this people praying some are crying asking for help with their personal problems.
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 miracle for the helpless ones.
This day was very occupied and well visited places, very contented of the result. Follow our next adventure Unforgettable Week in Portugal Part 4.