Saturday, August 20, 2011

PORTUGAL: TOMAR, BATALHA, OBIDOS, ALCOBAÇA AND EVORA

The first two days we spent in Portugal we drove through Tomar, Batalha, Alcobaça, Óbidos, Cabo Carvoeiro and Évora. These villages and monuments are close to each other and located about 100 kilometers from Lisboa, so we could visit them without many hours of driving.

Just landed in Lisboa, we picked up our rental car  (www.ealquilerdecoches.com) and started our journey to Tomar. We spent the first night in Caldas da Rainha, in Hotel Caldas Internacional.


Day 1


- Tomar
  • Templar Castle and Convent of Christ
  • Old Town
- Batalha Monastery

- Alcobaça Abbey


Day 2


-Cabo Carvoeiro

-Évora
  • Roman Temple
  • Cathedral
  • Old Town
  • Praça do Giraldo
  • Aqueduct




Day 1


Tomar



Templar Castle and Convent of Christ



Convent of Christ in Tomar
Convent of Christ in Tomar

Templar Castle of Tomar
Inside the Templar Castle of Tomar in Portugal


Round church of the Convent of Christ in Tomar
Romanesque round church inside the Convent of Christ in Tomar



Manueline entrance to Convent of Christ in Tomar
Manueline entrance to Convent of Christ in Tomar




Tomar Old Town


Church of San Joao Batista in Tomar
Church of San Joao Batista in the old town of Tomar


Old town of Tomar
Old town of Tomar. From this street we saw the Templar Castle


Batalha Monastery


 Batalha Monastery in Portugal
Batalha Monastery in Portugal is World Heritage by UNESCO


Batalha Monastery in Portugal
Doorway of Batalha Monastery in Portugal


Church of Batalha Monastery in Portugal
Inside the church of Batalha Monastery in Portugal


Batalha Monastery in Portugal
Beautiful stained glass windows of the church of Batalha Monastery


Cloister of Batalha Monastery
Cloister of Batalha Monastery in Portugal


Cloister of Batalha Monastery
Highly decorated cloister of Batalha Monastery


Batalha Monastery in Portugal
Templar crosses in Batalha Monastery



Alcobaça Abbey



Alcobaça Abbey in Portugal

Alcobaça Abbey in Portugal



Church of Alcobaça Abbey in Portugal

Church of Alcobaça Abbey in Portugal


Óbidos



Obidos from the city walls
Óbidos from the city walls



Obidos from the city walls
Typical white houses painted also with orange lines


Obidos from the city walls
I really liked the view of Óbidos from this place


Beautiful place in Obidos
Lovely corner in Óbidos



City walls of Obidos
City walls of Óbidos



From Óbidos we drove to Caldas da Rainha where we spent our first night in Portugal.


Day 2

Cabo Carvoeiro


Cabo Carvoeiro in Portugal
Lighthouse of Cabo Carvoeiro in Portugal

Évora




Roman Temple in Evora
Roman Temple in Évora



Roman Temple in Evora
Lovely park in front of the Roman Temple in Évora


Roman Temple in Evora
The day in Évora was lovely, and hot too


Cathedral of Evora
Inside the cathedral of Évora


Old town of Evora
Typical street of the old town of Evora, with its white and orange houses


Praça do Giraldo in Evora
Praça do Giraldo in Évora


Praça do Giraldo in Evora
A closer view of Praça do Giraldo in Évora



Aqueduct in Evora
Aqueduct in Évora


More beautiful places we visited in Portugal during this trip were:




A year after visiting Portugal, we came back to Portugal. We were in Valença do Minho, this time in the far north of the country. Valença do Minho was our starting point of The Portuguese Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago Portugués) we did in August 2012.

Finally, other great cities and countries we have already visited are:








  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • New York and Washington
  • London
  • Dublin in Irleland
  • Istanbul in Turkey
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Rome and The Vatican
  • Paris
  • Florence in Tuscany
  • Madrid
  • Venezia
  • Dubrovnik in Croatia
  • The Greek Islands and Athens
  • BrugesGhent and Brussels in Belgium




  • Besides, you can visit more beautiful places in Spain located near Portugal:

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