Batalha is dominated by the imposing Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, being one of the greatest achievements of Manueline architecture in Portugal and one of the most impressive monuments in the whole country. But Batalha has a lot more to see.
Batalha’s historic heritage is admirable! Get to know what you should visit:
Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007, the Monastery of Batalha, or Convent of Santa Maria da Vitória is one of the greatest Portuguese architectural gems.
The chapel of São Jorge, despite its small size and apparent simplicity, is one of the most emblematic monuments of the famous battle that opened the way in Portugal to the government of the Avis dynasty and that took place in the Aljubarrota fields.
The Interpretation Center of Aljubarrota Battle is a polynucleate museum space that aims to safeguard, study the battlefield occurred in 1385, as well as the historical disclosure of time, facts and fictions of the XIV century.
These caves were discovered in 1971. Inside you will find a place of great natural beauty full of fantastic and unique rock formations: the incredible stalactites, stalagmites, cauliflowers and columns.
The Museum of the Municipal Community is a project that portrays the life of this territory, from its geological origins, Paleontological and archaeological, going through the main historical and artistic events up to the present time.
There are plenty activities to do in Batalha. See how you can enjoy your visit:
Located at a crossroads of Roman roads, which were linked to Olissipo (Lisbon) and Collipo (Batalha/Leiria), here passed in 1385 the armies headed by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, from Ourém on their way to Aljubarrota and, five hundred years later, the invading troops of Napoleon Bonaparte who left a trail of destruction and death.
"Caminho" is the historical name of the street, protected by the locally contemplated Senhora do Caminho. And here you will find History, the protection of Portuguese heritage and values and the devotion of artisans, artists and designers.
Batalha’s gastronomy will amaze you with its great dishes. Find out what to taste:
Embedded without meat, stuffed mainly with blood and pork fat and flour or rice, characteristic dark color.
A dish twith codfish, cabbages, potatoes (all cooked) and is mixed in a pan with fried bread in olive oil and lots of garlic.
Pork chopped into pieces. It is fried in a pot of clay, getting with sauce seasoned with aromatic spice seasonings and appropriate herbs.
Traditional Portuguese dry cakes.
Modern sweets, from the beginning in the 1930s. of XX century.
Batalha is located in the Coastal Center Region of the country and belongs to the District of Leiria. It borders the Municipalities of Leiria, Porto de Mós and Ourém and is close to other destinations that you must include in your trip. Get to know them:
'Fairy tale' region. Its 19th century mansions and fantastic landscapes will awaken your senses!
City with great religious significance. Attracts thousands of visitors for its unique and special energy.
World Heritage Site. It's the jewel of the crown of the Centre of Portugal. Medieval city and with a profound historical significance.
City of the students! Known for its unique beauty, the history, the oldest university in the Country and the Fado!
Aveiro, the 'Venice of Portugal', it’s famous by its long sandy coastline, a pretty estuary and several parks and gardens.
Admired for its medieval and romantic charm, the castle and its walls make this village unforgettable.
A small fishing town with a fascinating history and beautiful landscape. Nowadays it is popular for the giant waves.
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