Culture and UNESCO World Heritage
There is so much to see in this region! It is a rich area with many ancient buildings, some of which are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage.
Alcobaça is a 12-minute drive from Quinta Ninho d'águia. The town is known for its Mosteiro (UNESCO World Heritage), the largest monastery in Portugal. The establishment in 1153 is closely related to the establishment of the state. The most famous lovers of Portugal, King Pedro and Inês de Castro are buried here.
CALDAS DA RAINHA
Caldas da Rainha which means 'hot springs of the Queen', is 25 minutes drive away. The medicinal baths that once bathed the Queen are still there. Caldas da Rainha is also known for its pottery. The park that belongs to the thermal baths is very worthwhile to visit, there is regularly organized and there is a nice café with a terrace, where you can drink a cup of coffee, but also good lunch!
Every morning there is a lively market on the Praça da Fruta, a little more in the center.
Óbidos is close to Caldas da Rainha. According to the Capitol Travel Guide, Óbidos was a wedding gift from King Dinis to Isabella van Aragon. It is a medieval town, completely walled, where there is always a lot to do. In July and early August there are medieval festivals. It is a pleasure for children, but also for the parents; everyone can dress up (but does not have to) as a true knight, lady, princess or joker, making you feel like you were in the Middle Ages.
An absolute must !!!
In the historic city of Tomar is a beautiful and mysterious monastery, the "Convento de Cristo" (UNESCO World Heritage). The Convento de Cristo was built by the Knights Templar, a monastic order that originated in the twelfth century, after the First Crusade. This is not only a great experience for adults; children can not get enough of it, from the beautiful paintings on the walls and ceiling. You look your eyes out! In addition, it is an authentic town where you can walk through, with plenty of restaurants and nice shops.
In 2006 Portugal chose the seven wonders of the country. One of these seven became, quite rightly, the monastery of Batalha (UNESCO World Heritage). Where the monastery of Alcobaça tells the romantic story of Portuguese history, in Batalha it revolves around the military history of Portugal. The Mosteiro da Batalha is built in the late Gothic style and has many Manueline elements. This means that although the monastery has only one neutral color from the outside, the many decorative elements make it an impressive building.
Fátima is an international pilgrimage site. The place is called the altar of the world. Here Maria appeared in 1917 on the 13th of May to October to three shepherd children: Lucia, who later became Carmelite, Francisco and Jacinta. On May 13, 2017, Francisco and Jacinta were declared holy by Pope Francis.
For children, the bays of Sao Martinho do Porto, Salir do Porto and Foz do Arelho are very suitable; the water here lies in a bay, which makes the water more calm and pleasant.
Do you want that rough sea? Then Nazaré is a very nice and big beach to enjoy the warm days.
In Foz do Arelho is a very nice surf school, where you can learn to surf for a nice price.
En do not you feel like the beach? In Nazaré is Norpark, a park of swimming pools with lots of slides! ... But you can also make a bomb in our little pool, just to cool of :-)
There are a number of nice and typical Portuguese restaurants, where you can find us ones in a while. Here you can often eat and drink for € 10,- to € 15,- per person. If you go to the local “cafeteria” and you take a daily snack with a drink, you will probably not exceed € 6,-. Of course there are also 'the better' restaurants where the prices are a bit higher, but those amounts do not exceed what you are used to back home.
Of course we are happy to give you tips for the best and nicest restaurants in our neighborhood!