Archipelago of Berlengas
The Berlengas Archipelago is a group of small islands lying off the Portuguese coast, about 15 kilometers from the city of Peniche. The islands that make up this wild and savage archipelago are the island of Berlenga Grande, the Estelas islets and the islets of Farilhões-Forcadas. Largest island, Berlenga Grande, is an ancient fortress and a very picturesque lighthouse. The archipelago was declared a Nature Reserve with its beautiful flora and fauna, the latter particularly rich in marine birds, such as the shag, saffron, Herring gull, petrel Harcourt. Berlenga Grande is known to host a number of beaches and coves and its beautiful beach is characterized by a vibrant coral reef marine life, with an incredible abundance of fish. In summer the island is filled with different types of flowers and the archipelago in general offers a very varied flora, with about 100 different botanical species counted until today. The Berlengas Archipelago during the year is visited by scientists and, in the summer season, a small number of tourists.
Supertubos (beach)..Sandy beach and super spots for surfing!
Nazarè country and big wave!
The Nazaré beach, with its mild climate and remarkable natural beauty, boasts some of the oldest Portuguese traditions linked to fishing.
The long crescent-shaped beach, which is the maritime front of the city, is known for its spaciousness and brightly colored curtains that adorn the white sand beach in contrast with the blue of the ocean.
This is the Portuguese beach with the most picturesque fishing habits and customs and it is not uncommon to come across fishmongers who still wear seven skirts, as tradition dictates. During the summer months, Saturday must absolutely sit on the promenade, at the end of the day, to watch the show of “Arte Xávega” (fishing with the trawl), when the nets loaded with fish are withdrawn from the water and echo the calls of the saleswomen. Do not worry if you do not understand what they say, they use a jargon that only they know.
Looking towards the ocean, on the right, we see an impressive promontory, 318 meters of rock overlooking the sea. It is the Sítio, from which one can enjoy one of the best known panoramic views of the Portuguese coast. On the promontory you can climb on foot, option for the bravest, or with a lift. On the top, there is the Ermida da Memória, a small chapel which recalls the miracle that the Madonna would have done, preventing the horse of a nobleman, D. Fuas Roupinho, from throwing himself into the precipice. Whether it was a true miracle or just a legend, the fact remains that in Miradouro do Suberco, the belvedere, the sign left on the rock by the horseshoe is shown on that foggy morning of 1182. In Sítio, you can also visit the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and, not far, the Dr. Joaquim Manso Museum to learn more about the popular traditions of Nazaré.
Monastery of Batalha
Monastery of Alcobaça
This building was declared a World Heritage Site in 1989 and its history goes back to the 12th century, when the Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça was founded. It was a residence for the Cistercian monks between the 13th and 19th centuries and the monastery stands out for its architecture and historic landmarks. The church of the Monastery of Alcobaça is 100 metres long and is the largest Gothic style religious building in Portugal. It also contains the tombs of D. Pedro and Inês, a tragic couple of Portuguese history. Other highlights include the Baroque façades and an enormous 18th century tile covered kitchen.
Garden of Eden in Bombarral
(ph António Rodrigues)
(thanks Tap Portugal)