ITINERARY - 7 NIGHTS from LISBON
Departure from Lisbon to QUELUZ 2NTS (Around 25 Km, about 30 minutes drive)
Flying into Lisbon. Upon arrival P/U your car from Budget car-hire desk at
Lisbon Airport and drive West of Lisbon to Queluz and stay at Pousada D.
Maria, Summer Palace of the kings of Portugal in the 18th century. The
building was formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court in the Palace of
Queluz, known as the “Portuguese Versailles” Stay 2nts there to explore the
Lisbon and romantic Sintra with its monuments. Lisbon, beautiful town, visit
its monuments, the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, walk along the
typical streets of Bairro Alto and Madragoa and take the opportunity to
dinner in one typical Fado Restaurants of the area and anjoy this unique
Suggest a visit to the new area of Lisbon ``Parque das Nações`` where the
Expo 98 took place, enjoy the riverside landscape and all the structures
built for the Exposicion - the Lisbon Ocean pavilion with the magnificent
Aquarium Take the following day to visit Lisbon coast, Estoril and Cascais
(the Portuguese Riviera) the beautiful and romantic Sintra with its Palaces
and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Overnight: Pousada D.
Maria in Queluz
QUELUZ / BEJA 1NT (Around 225 Km, about 3h00 drive)
Driving to the Southeast centre of Alentejo region, region known for its
wide open spaces, where can see the extensive farms trought Beja, name
“Beja” as used today was given to it by the occupying Moors in the 6th
Century, where the ancient castle, the Misericórdia Church and the Conceição
Convent, from the 15th century, should not be missed. The Convent is an
architectural mixture of Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, with Hispanic-Arab
tiles. The São Francisco Convent founded in the 13th century, has been
converted to become an impressive Pousada, located in the Alentejo town of
As you approach the City you can not fail to notice the 13th Century Torre
de Menagem. The impressive tower stands 36 metres high and a staircase of
183 steps that may be climbed. Adjoining the castle walls is a Visigoth
church that also acts as a museum of this period.
Recommended visits to the nearby locations:
Alvito - located North West of the Beja with pre-Roman origins. It boasts
having the only castle built in Portugal that was not as a residence for its
King. The 13th Century Parish Churches are of architectural interest.
Águeda - Slightly further to the north is the Sanctuary of Santa Águeda that
is worth a visit.
Vila de Frades - 2nd Century Roman ruins of the Ermida de São Cucufate. This
is the only remaining Roman villa with two floors in the whole of the
Iberian peninsular and with frescos dating between the 1st and the 17th
Century.Serpa - east of Beja in the direction of the Spanish border is this
well fortified town with its interior 13th Century castle has had a long
military history dating back to perhaps 1.000 BC.
Moura. - located north of Serpa is the ancient and once important fortified
town of Moura .The present ruins of the castle originally date back to the
14th Century. The castle and the later constructed town walls were both
destroyed when occupied by the Spanish occupation in 1707. This town is also
well established as the best area to produce quality olive oil. Overnight:
Pousada São Francisco in Beja
BEJA / MARVÃO 2NTS (Around 200 Km, about 2h00 drive)
Driving North east Alentejo direction to the small town of Marvão, one of
the Portugal`s most specatular fortified villages where you can feel the
Medieval atmosphere leading to a manificient 13Th century Castle rising from
On your way to Marvão visit:
Évora - a museum town retaining much of its medieval and moorish charm now a
Unesco World Heritage and some of the sights not to be missed are the
Giraldo square, the Roman Temple, the 12th century Cathedral and the São
Francisco Church, one of the most important Gothic Manueline monuments in
the area and which houses the famous Chapel of the Bones.
Other recommended visits:
Estremoz - surrounded by walls with a medieval castle, is a well known for
its remarkable marble quarries and “bonecos” (figurines) of ceramic.
Portalegre – famous for its artistic tapestries since the 16th century and
also for its beautiful manor houses, located close to the border of Spain,
the old town center is surrounded by medieval walls, with the ruins of the
medieval castle (1290) at the highest point.
In the surrounding visit Castelo de Vide – enchanting small with the ancient
Jewish Quarter with its white washed houses, encircled by the old walls of a
16th century fortress.
Overnight: Pousada Santa Maria / Marvão
MARVÃO / ÓBIDOS 2NTS (Around 200 Km, about 2h30 hours drive)
Drive North by the Western coast of Portugal, the Costa de Prata region with
plenty of natural features from the mountains to lush valleys, small
villages and beaches flanked by high sand dunes.
You will find the Natural Park of Serra de Aire and Serra de Candeeiros,
known for the Grottoes of Santo Antonio, Mira de Aire and Alvados with
fantastic stalactites and stalagmites.
Obidos - Medieval walled town and another Unesco World Heritage. The Castle
in the walls of this beautiful fortified town has been converted into a
small Pousada. Overnight.
Recommended visits during your stay in this area:
Nazaré – pretty fishing town
Alcobaça – the heart of the Portuguese ceramic industry; visit the 12th
century Santa Maria Cistercian Monastery, classified in the Unesco World
Batalha – Batalha Monastery and example of Gothic and Manueline
Fátima – one of the most important Marian centers in the world.
Tomar – Famous Chapter window in the Convent of Christ, headquarters of the
Knights Templars; the Castle built by the Master of the Knights Templars,
Gualdino Pais. Overnight in Pousada do Castelo / Óbidos
ÓBIDOS/LISBON (Around 100 km about 1hour drive)
Travel back to Lisbon and return your car either to meet your return flight
or extend your holidays.
2 nts in Pousada D. Maria / Queluz
1 nt in Pousada São Francisco / Beja *
2 nts in Pousada Santa Maria / Marvão *
2 nts in Pousada do Castelo / Óbidos
Car -hire Grp
B Mitsubisi Colt or similar
with manual transmission for 1 week
P/U + D/O from
Budget desk at Lisbon Airport including unlimited mileage,
liability insurance and taxes (Airport pick up fee
Euro 22.75 surcharge for out of hours pick up
and drop off + road tax 1.40 euro per day paid locally to the
*New NWE Non-
deductible in case of self -caused damages
for group AB and C
vehicles is Euro 900. To
avoid this you can buy an additional insurance
locally for 11 Euro
per day. General Budget/Avis car rental conditions apply.
based on two passengers travelling together 1 Jan
2016- 31 March 2017
|Price per person in Euro
($ rate varies depending the exchange)
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1 Oct 2016- 31 March 2017
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1-15 Sep. 2016
|16 July - 31 Aug 2016
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|Price per person in double room including breakfast
|Supplement per person for Group O car (Lancia Y DCI
with AC or
Saturday night the pousadas may have a supplement
of Euros 13 per passenger
years 30Dec-2Jan2017 and Easter 17-20 Apr
2016 supplements may apply!
Amount will be
with booking confirmation.