Through the Ancient Lands of the Cistercian Monks
After well-deserved enjoyment and exploration of the centuries-old multicultural territory of Nazaré, prepare yourself for a two-day walking journey to the Sanctuary of Fátima. Follow the directions in this itinerary and always use the map of the Nazaré Route, available at www.caminhosdefatima.org
The 24-km trail leads from Sítio da Nazaré, with its backdrop of the sea, to the town of Pedreiras in the municipality of Porto de Mós, with the Candeeiros mountain on the horizon. It can be covered in one day, even when making short visits at various inviting stop-off points, enjoying the landscape and experiencing the incredible cultural and natural heritage on offer. The trail has a moderate degree of difficulty.
During this stage, the trail crosses the territory of rural parishes in the municipalities of Nazaré, Alcobaça and Porto de Mós. Fauna and flora are varied, with emphasis on the sea birds in the area around the Atlantic and the various types of fruit produced in the fertile floodplains fed by rivers and streams. Areas of pine forest alternate with agricultural fields in the fertile floodplains in Valado dos Frades and Maiorga, where villages emerge within prosperous rural parishes. The human landscape in large part coincides with the territory of the ancient Coutos de Alcobaça that the Cistercian monks structured and populated from their arrival in Portugal in the 12th century, creating a unique heritage of architecture, art, agriculture and confectionery.