Last trace of an ancient Golf, the Bay of São Martinho do Porto used to be the sea harbour until the XVI century.
The progressive silting of the lagoon and the disappearance of Porto de Paredes and Lagoa da Pederneira has made S. Martinho do Porto the only natural sea harbour in this area.
Fishing sea bass in the bay or gathering red algae are handmade activities that continue to be part of this ancient fishermen population.
The bay's clear sand beach with shell shape and calm blue waters are the main features of this ancient fishermen population
The calm waters, protected from the wind by the hillock which circles the bay, are ideal for water sports susch as sailing, windsurfing, canoying all year round, allowing the initiation of younger people in this kind of activities.
S. Martinho is the place for hiking, cycling or riding in an area of contrasts, full of historical traces and details of nature to discover. Do not miss the main viewpoints of Facho and Cruzeiro or the chapel of Santo António.
Along the beach you'll find terraces, bars, shops and restaurants where all the flavours of the sea can be tasted: grilled Halibut, sea bass, lobster, stuffed crab, lobster or grilled sardines.
This fishing village fascinates by its hospitality, by the preserved traditions and the unique maritime landscape. Nazaré remains one of the favorite touristic destination of Portuguese and foreigners.
At the top of the village you'll find Sítio, one of the best viewpoints that you can reach by road or by the centenary elevator. This is a place visited by pilgrims, because of the Sanctuary of Maria de Narareth, but also because of the North Beach, famous for its big waves, and where is located the S. Miguel Arcanjo Fort, from the 17th century, where the lighthouse is installed .
At the opposite end of the beach, Pederneira, where once existed one of the most active shipyards of the kingdom of Portugal in the 12th and 14th centuries.
Alcobaça is situated in the valleys of the rivers Alcoa and Baça .
Alcobaça ownes its fame and development to the Monastery or Royal Abbey of Santa Maria, founded in 1153 by the Order of Cister.
The Monastery had a vast domain, which was also known as "coutos" of Alcobaça, where the Order of Cister organizing villages and farms and invigorating agriculture, introducing new techniques and agricultural products, characteristics that persisted in time until today so this region is one of the main fruit producers in Portugal.
Gastronomy and pastry were greatly influenced by the monasteries and convents of the Order of Cister in the region: Alcobaça, the Monastery of Cós and the Capuchos Convent in Évora de Alcobaça. The best-known cake is the Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão (sponge Cake).
The village was celebrated for its desserts, perpetuated in numerous local pastry shops.
The apple of Alcobaça, the Ginja, the ceramics and the crystal of excellent quality are local products of national and international recognition.
The preserved medieval town of Óbidos is without doubt one of Portugal's most interesting walled settlements. When strolling along the maze of narrow cobbled streets of Óbidos, at each step, one comes upon vestiges of different civilizations.
From the hidden corners and high walled gardens of the old medina area, to the gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features, the Town is an extensive work of art carved, destroyed and rebuilt throughout many centuries.
Besides its material heritage, Óbidos is full of historical tradition is today one of the main jewels of the country
The Sanctuary of Fatima is a place of pilgrimage and devotion, preserving the memory of the events that led to its foundation, the apparitions of Nossa Senhora to the three shepherds in 1917. Its magnitude and relevance from the religious point of view has long been widely recognized nationally and internationally. By express will of the Apostolic See, this is a National Sanctuary. It is also one of the most important Marian sanctuary in the world belonging to the Catholic Church and the largest international religious tourism destination, receiving around six million visitors a year. He was distinguished with three papal gold roses and visited by Popes Paul VI (1967), John Paul II (1982, 1991 and 2000), Benedict XVI (2010) and Francis (2017).