The municipality of Batalha belongs to the district of Leiria and is composed of four parishes. The maximum exponent of this municipality is the imposing monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória or monastery of Batalha, the name by which it is best known. This is undoubtedly one of the most striking examples of Portuguese Gothic style and some claim that it is one of the most beautiful churches in Europe of the late Middle Ages. The existence of this monument, considered a world heritage site by UNESCO, is at the origin of Batalha and was built by D. João I three years after the emblematic battle of Aljubarrota. It should also be noted that Batalha's occupation dates back to ancient times, as evidenced by traces found of the Prehistory. Besides the architectural heritage that is worth a visit, the municipality is also famous for its crafts, gastronomy and tourism, given that it is part of Leiria-Fátima Tourism region. The wickers (used for making baskets), weaving, pottery and porcelain tinsmiths and pyrotechnics are symbols of Batalha. The local flavors are based on the meat and codfish; the tachadéu (fried pork served in clay pot) and the blood sausage (of rice, blood or white) are served everywhere, such as the tibornada, a codfish dish. The typical sweets are the bolos de ferradura (sweets made with cinnamon and anise), cavacas do Reguengo do Fetal (sweets with an egg and lemon cover), bolos de palma, bolo de perna and pudim da Batalha (Batalha pudding). The Festa da Santíssima Trindade, festa da Senhora do Fetal and Feira dos Vinte are famous attractions.
Where to eat in Batalha
A simple and familiar space with a menu of traditional dishes.
Ocupando uma área de cerca de dois mil metros quadrados, este espaço inclui três conceitos - Mundo …
O espaço da Adega dos Frades surge como se fosse uma extensão do Mosteiro da Batalha, a poucos metr…
What to do in Batalha
Percurso Pedestre Pia do Urso
A pedestrian walk that passes by the recovered villageof Pia do Urso, a plac full of history with its typical mountain houses. The Ecoparque Sensorial (Sensorial Ecopark), meant for blind users, is located here.
Mosteiro da Batalha
It is one of the biggest and most beautiful Monuments from the Gothic architecture in Portugal and the first from Manueline art in the 16th century. Batalha Monastery is also the most outstanding symbol from the Avis dynasty. The monastery was built by orders of D. João I as a consequence from a promise he made to the Virgin Mary …
Reguengo do Fetal
Reguengos do Fetal is located to the north of Fátima and is widely known by mountain climbers. With a typical regional architecture, its main attractions are the mother church (Public Interest Construction), built in the 16th century and remodelled in …
Ecoparque Sensorial da Pia do Urso
The first Portuguese park for blind users that resorts namely to touching and smelling. It includes seven learning areas: Planetarium, Water, Jurassic, Abstract, Play and Musical.
Galeria Mouzinho de Albuquerque
A gallery located in the old building of the Town Hall that exhibits different artworks, namely painting, sculpture and photography.
Pelourinho da Batalha
This pillory is composed by a four steps basement and a shaft with two twisted and striated sections. On the shaft top there is a capital with Batalha blazon where it stands out Santa Maria da Vitória the patron saint. …
Euroindy - Kartódromo da Batalha
Go-kart track with several associated infrastructures, in particular: a dining room, a conference room, a private club, a bowling alley, a bar and a summer terrace.
Museu da Comunidade Concelhia da Batalha (MCCB)
Situated in the historical centre of the Town of Batalha, near the monastery of Santa Maria Vittoria, this new and dynamic cultural space illustrates the history of this territory through a trip begins on the formation of the universe, through …
Igreja Matriz da Batalha
This is a Manueline, Baroque and Revivalist church which was built in 1514. It is composed by a main chapel and by an attached sacristy. The two altars and the baptismal font are coming from the Monastery church.
Jardim da Cerca
A wide, pleasant space, with the typical Portuguese sidewalks, flowerbeds, drinking fountains, a lake with animals and a picnic area.
Grutas da Moeda
These caves were discovered in 1971 and have a configuration of the gallery/room/well type. There are lovely rooms and galleries filled with calcareous formations, while the area that may be visited is of 350 metres and the depth of 45 …
Igreja da Exaltação de Santa Cruz / Igreja Matriz da Batalha
17th century Church deeply damaged by a quake of Earth in 1858. Kept still, the structure and some Manueline decorative elements, with emphasis on the portico, flanked by two baldachins dating from 1532 and surmounted by a Baroque clipping window, …
Where to sleep in Batalha
Located in the centre of Batalha, with fine views of the town`s magnificent 14th century monastery, this ultra-modern hotel is set amongst 20,000 square-meters…
Modern space to offer comfortable rooms and bungalows, bar, conference room, restaurant, pool and laundry.
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Caldas da Rainha
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