Who visits Batalha, do it with the intention, above all, to contemplate the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, whose construction began in 1386. It is one of the two most notable Portuguese monuments and brings it to Vitória in Batalha de ALjubarrota, crucial for the independence of Portugal in relation to Spain.
But Batalha has much more to discover, both in the locality itself and in our surroundings. Its Igreja Matriz exhibits a beautiful Manueline portal and deserves a special highlight. A ponte da Boutaca is another engineering work worthy of a visit.
And yet, you can visit towns full of history, such as Ourém or Porto de Mós, and other imposing monuments, such as the Convent of Christ or Mosteiro de Alcobaça. Discover some of the best places to visit in Batalha and our surroundings.
1. Mosteiro da Batalha
The mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória is one of the unconventional masterpieces of national and European architecture. The architectural complex was born from a promise made by D. João I, in gratitude for the victory in the battle of Aljubarrota, which assured him the throne of national independence in the Spanish years. The works will last 150 years, which justifies the existence of Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance elements.
2. Pia do Urso
I do not know about Batalha, the village of Pia do Urso is much more than a village. All of it is a sensory eco-park, intended for the unseen. But the visit is not justified just because of the ecopark.
The village was recovered and it is very pleasant to explore its corners walking along its streets. An attractive landscape and surrounding calm provide the rest of the charm. You can spend here just an afternoon or a few days, since some of the houses have been recovered and transformed into spaces for rural tourism.
3. Moeda Caves
These calcareous caves are located in São Mamede, district of Batalha, in Leiria. Forams discovered in 1971 by two hunters, being that curiosity led you to explore or explore its entire extension, including a room (a “sala do caçador”) full of calcareous formations. For two months, these two men excavated the narrow fissures that continued to the first cavern, uncovering little by little the rooms and galleries that we can visit.
4. Convent of Christ
It belongs to the Ordem dos Templários, having been founded by Grão-Mestre D. Gualdim Pais. The convent still preserves memories of the cavalrymen, which were kept from this building to its headquarters in Portugal.
O Infante D. Henrique, Master of the Order of Christ since 1418, commanded the construction of the cloisters between Charola and the Templários fortress. In the reign of D. João III, major modifications were made, with the construction of the Igreja and two cloisters with rich Manueline flowers.
5. Mosteiro de Alcobaca
It is here, in the Igreja de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, that rests D. Pedro I and D. Inês de Castro, in tombs strategically placed facing each other, so that both can meet on the day of Ressurreição.
But apart from the grandiose Church, you will find here a well-preserved set of medieval rooms, such as the Sala do Capitulo, or the cloister and the kitchen of the 18th century, a heritage that justified the distinction of UNESCO in 1989.
It is found in the center of Portugal, and it has a vast heritage. Try to know or cast it, at Igreja de São Pedro (12th century), the streets of the historic center and Rota d’O Crime do Padre Amaro, with illustrations by Sílvia Patrício, with various works in memory of Eça de Queiroz. I also don’t want to walk along the banks of the Lis River.
This fishing city is simply charming and rich in maritime traditions, from the boats with the original structure to the tradition of placing sardinhas and cavalas to dry in the sun, passing through seven saias das mulheres. Around here there is no lack of beautiful beaches, churches and, of course, giant waves, which fizeram with Portugal entering Guinness with the biggest wave surfed in the world.
8. Sanctuary of Fatima
In a few years, it evolved from just a chapel to a huge basilica in order to respond to the thousands of pilgrims who moved here every year.
EITHER Sanctuary of Fatima It is assumed to be the most important Marian shrine in Portugal and the one that is most recognized internationally. Or its enclosure is made up of various areas, more or greater highlight goes to capelinha das aparições.
9. Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park
It has an area of 38,900 hectares and is located between the municipalities of Alcobaça, Porto de Mós, Rio Maior, Santarém, Torres Novas and Ourém. In the space of the park there are several caves, being the most well-known the Mira de Aire Caves, which receive huge visits from tourists every year.
It is called “Cidade dos Templários”, being its history linked to this Order in our country. Here are unique monuments such as the Castelo dos Templários, a 12th-century military building that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I cannot help but know the Convent of Christ, a true amalgamation of various architectural styles, with emphasis on the Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque.
11. Porto de Mos
The years go by in history. You must be owned by the church, and it is interesting to visit this picturesque village, whose name is Porto de Mós. This town integrates two of the ten most unspoiled rural and nature destinations in Portugal that should be known when it comes to visiting the District of Leiria.
The best periods to visit Porto de Mós are between April and October, once its temperatures are pleasant and favorable for tourism in our country. Here, there are some sites where to passagem and essential to know this charming village and history cheia.
Its great tourist attraction is its castle, dating from 1178. The 1755 earthquake will destroy a large part of it, which formerly contained a palace, a hairpin, a Gothic fountain and a collegiate church.
As two years pass, the população mudou-se para o sopé do morro. Not high, where the castle of Ourém is located, there are still the remains of a medieval town, with narrow streets that exhibit an architectural ensemble that brings together the Gothic, Mudejar, Manueline, Baroque and Pombaline styles.