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.
What to do in Batalha
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 …
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 the geological and paleontological records, finding the first human traces, highlighting the Roman villa of Collippo, marking the Real battle …
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 metres. There is a subterranean bar in an adjacent cave, that of Cova da Moura, with an illuminated grotto that …
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.
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 …
Ermida da Senhora do Fetal
Mannerist chapel built in 1585. In the late 17TH century was lined with tiles and, in 1905, received a tile Panel of Roque Gameiro allusive to miracle of our Lady of the Fetus.
Eco Parque 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.
Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remédios / Igreja Matriz de Reguengo do Fetal
This temple was constructed in 1512 and it underwent several reforms during the 18th century. The original mannerist outline is lively by the baroque combination on the façade from the 18th century and by the adding of some revivalist details …
Pia do Urso
A small village with houses that resemble the tradtional houses of the Algarve amidst the lush vegetation. It also has some old wells and a few lagoons. Nonetheless, its major tourist attraction is the first sensorial ecopark in the country, …
Jardim do Lena
A very pleasant green space with grassy flowerbeds. There are also garden benches where one may rest and enjoy the natural beauty of this place.
Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Fetal
The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Fetal is composed by a small church and a cemetery, both built on the 16th century. Here is where the Holly Spirit festivity takes place, based on the story of a child that shepherded …
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.
Igreja da Misericórdia da Batalha
Church composed by rectangular nave and several dependencies, including the Dispatch room. The main facade is gabled and angular corners finished with pinnacles, is torn by portal surmounted by window balaustrado with pediment stopped to receive the national shield. Inside …
Galerias Mouzinho de Albuquerque
A gallery located in the old building of the Town Hall that exhibits different artworks, namely painting, sculpture and photography.
Where to eat in Batalha
It is one of the best restaurants in central Portugal. It already beats any other for its location,…
Occupying an area of around two thousand square meters, this space includes three concepts - Mundo …
O espaço da Adega dos Frades surge como se fosse uma extensão do Mosteiro da Batalha, a poucos metr…
O restaurante Etnográfico da Golpilheira, localizado naquela freguesia da Batalha, é gerido pelo Ce…
A large and pleasant space, with a friendly terrace, that serves traditional Portuguese dishes.
A simple and familiar space that functions as a restaurant and as a snack-bar. It serves traditiona…
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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