Ourém

Since the Romans to the Visigoths, and up to the Muslims, Ourém has a long history of successive occupations. Initially called Abdegas, Ourém was then called Auren after the Moors had been driven out by King Afonso Henriques, and this designation derived into Ourém, as it is known today.
Its castle, one of the most beautiful Portuguese castles, is one of the municipality’s main attractions.
With a privileged view over the medieval village, the city of Ourém and the Seiça Creek, it is impossible to be indifferent to its natural beauty and its strong history of conquests, kings and enchanted Moorish women.

​www.ourem.pt

Pia do Urso Sensory Eco-Park

In an area steeped in history, Pia do Urso offers visitors a truly breathtaking natural landscape, where one can also admire the magnificent restoration work done on the traditional houses of this rural region, where stone and wood are the main materials used.
The first SENSORY ECO-PARK for the visually impaired in Portugal can be found in this restored village. It is an innovative concept, which aims to offer these citizens the possibility to understand their surroundings by using their other senses, namely touch and smell.
We hope that everyone – without exception – will enjoy this magical and ancestral place, known as Pia do Urso.

​www.cm-batalha.pt/turismo-e-lazer/ecoparque-sensorial-da-pia-do-urso

Grutas da moeda

The Coin Caves (Grutas da Moeda) are located in São Mamede, in the municipality of Batalha, only 2 km away from Fátima. They were discovered in 1971 by two hunters who were chasing a fox, which is said to have sought refuge in a cave found in the middle of the woods. Driven by curiosity, they decided to enter and while exploring its interior, they were struck by its natural beauty, with galleries full of numerous limestone formations.
The two men explored the site during many months, making it possible for them to discover numerous galleries which would prove to be of scientific and touristic interest and which nowadays belong to the visitable area of the cave. Later on, a team of geologists and speleologists confirmed the Cave’s scientific importance and since then there has been a deep concern for the strict preservation of the cave and of the whole surrounding area.
Each of the rooms and galleries was given a name, which suggests different images: Lake of Happiness, Nativity Scene Room, Shepherd, Waterfall, Red Cupola, Maritime, Flawed Chapel, Red Dome and Fountain of Tears. The Cave’s visitable area is 350 metres long and 45 metres deep, below the point of entrance. The temperature is constant at around 18ºC all year long.

Take advantage of a 10% discount when you buy tickets at the Ribeiro Hotel.
See the campaign flyer here.

​www.grutasmoeda.com

The National Park of Serra de Aire and Candeeiros is located in a spectacular rocky landscape originated in the Jurassic period and carved over the millennia by water erosion. It is also pierced by hundreds of extremely beautiful caves.
This National Park, which is very rich in fauna and flora, including rare and even unique species, is immediately considered an attraction by all those who privilege vast, bright and unspoiled horizons, where the pleasure of having intimate contact with nature and the hospitality of the local people provide those who visit the area with the sense of peace and harmony which is extremely necessary but so hard to find nowadays.
Alcaria is, in essence, a traditional mountain village with secular houses and it is a natural place of interest for those who visit this Park.
In order to take advantage of this wonderful contact with the mountainous landscape in singular moments of intimate connection, Alcaria Riding Centre provides a variety of horse riding activities in a unique combination of nature, sports and leisure.

​www.chalcaria.com

Fátima

Located approximately 120 km from Lisbon and 180 km from Oporto, Fátima is currently one of the most important centres of catholic pilgrimage worldwide. The story of the apparition of Our Lady of Fátima to the three seers, on the 13th of May of 1917, and the miracle of the Sun, witnessed by approximately 70 000 people, belong to a story which obtained global attention and which, to this day, still inspires thousands of people of all nationalities.
The Sanctuary of Fátima, the Church of the Holy Trinity and their extensive outdoor grounds, located in Cova da Iria, welcome thousands of people, from all over the world, who come in pilgrimage and in prayer every year.
In Fátima, you can visit:
  • The Sanctuary of Fátima;
  • The Church of the Holy Trinity;
  • The Chapel of Apparitions;
  • The Aljustrel House Museum;
  • The Parish Church;
  • Valinhos, The Stations of the Cross.