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Our most recommended Centro Region Children's Activities

Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

1. Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

Enjoy a 2-hour tour departing from Peniche Marina that will take you around the coast. Along the way, you’ll spot a variety of sea life that may include sharks, turtles, seabirds, and dolphins. The most commonly spotted dolphin is the Roaz Corvineiro, also known as the common bottlenose dolphin. As you travel along the west coast by boat, you’ll be able to see dolphins in their natural habitat. In this region, the dolphins can reach 4-meters in length and be up to 45-years old.

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Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

2. Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

Get to know the city of Aveiro and its rich history while onboard an exciting sightseeing train. Hop on Tuka-Tuka and see the city's picturesque buildings in a unique experience. Spend 45 minutes getting to know some of Aveiro's main sights, buildings and canals. Pass through important places like the Campus of the University of Aveiro, Aveiro Salt Pans, and much more.

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Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour

3. Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour

Meet your guide in central Nazaré and embark on an off-road buggy adventure between two different routes. Enjoy the fantastic views of the natural landscape as you drive your own buggy along the trails. Choose between two different routes: Buggy Tour Pinhal Enjoy an adventurous, primarily off road-route as you drive through pine forests and rugged trails through the countryside. Sāo Martinho Buggy Tour Discover the western coast of Portugal and be dazzled by the views of Sāo Martinho Bay. This route is a combination of paved road and off-road paths.

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From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

4. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

After the pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon, travel to Fátima in a comfortable van with air-conditioning, and hear insights from your guide about the region and culture. Spend the morning in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, one of the most important and biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, with more than 9 million visitors in 2017. Hear the stories of the 100 years passed since the apparitions of Virgin Mary to three shepherds Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. During the break for lunch, relax in the picturesque village of Nazaré, known for the world’s largest waves. There is a strong culture of fishing in the village that has resulted in unique living and tasty restaurants. Alcobaça and Batalha are located in the same central region of Portugal and you may also visit them on this tour. On the way back to Lisbon, see the fascinating Óbidos, a romantic medieval village famous for its sinuous streets, whitewashed houses covered with flowers, vases, and tiles. All this within the walls of a magnificent 12-century castle. Also, take the opportunity to taste the local liqueur of “ginginha” before making the return journey to your hotel or the meeting point.

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Lisbon Classics and Fátima Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

5. Lisbon Classics and Fátima Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

Explore the Portuguese capital and its landmark sights on a morning tour of Lisbon, before driving to the pilgrim site of Fátima in the Portuguese Centro. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive down the elegant Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s main boulevard for luxury shops and restaurants. Continue to Rossio Square (Praça de D. Pedro IV), once a site of bullfights, revolts and executions! Take a short walk through Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhood. Next, drive along the banks of the River Tagus, admiring Praça do Comércio and the Tagus Bridge along the way. Learn about Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries” in Belém, and see the Torres Belém and Discoveries Monument, built to commemorate the famous explorer, D. Henrique o Navegante (Henry the Navigator). Visit the monumental Mosteiro dos Jerónimos to marvel at its Manueline façade. Next, go to the Coach Museum to see the world’s largest collection of carriages and coaches. Break for lunch at your own leisure. Depart Lisbon in the afternoon, and head north to Fátima. The historic pilgrim site is awash with Christian monuments, including the church where you will find the tombstones of the 3 children that saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Go to the Chapel of Apparitions at the heart of the shrine. Time will be provided to attend mass, or to tour the sanctuary grounds if you prefer.

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From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

6. From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Learn the story of the apparitions of Fátima on a private tour of the sanctuary, and get insights from a local guide. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions, where Our Lady appeared before 3 shepherd children in 1917. Then, enter the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary to look at the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Admire the modern Basilica of the Holy Trinity, consecrated in 2007 as part of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions. Continue to the village of Aljustrel to discover the home of the children, and the church where they were baptized. Visit the sites of the apparition of the Angel of Peace and the 4th apparition of Our Lady at Valinhos.

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From Lisbon: Best of Fátima Half-Day Tour

7. From Lisbon: Best of Fátima Half-Day Tour

Experience the rich heritage and stunning countryside of Portugal on this small-group guided trip to Fátima from Lisbon. After pickup at your hotel in Lisbon, you’ll head through scenic landscapes to arrive at Fátima, a city known throughout the world as the location of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. This apparition has made Fátima one of the Christian religion’s most significant pilgrimage sites.   Learn about the 3 children who were witness to this apparition, and hear the story of what they saw and what happened to them afterwards. You’ll also explore the village where the children lived and explore their well-preserved homes. Experience the now-peaceful atmosphere of this place where the Virgin Mary appeared.

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What people are saying about Centro Region

Our guide, Nelson Rodrigues was amazing. He had so many interesting tidbits to share regarding not only the “Little Visionaries” but also about what was like living during that time in Fátima. He knew so many of the people from the area, including the 99 year old the niece of Sr Lucia, whom he introduced us to. I would highly recommend hiring Nelson if you want the best tour possible. Nelson picked us up at our hotel in a very comfortable van. There were 4 of us adults in the tour. He truly knew the area like the back of his hand. He welcomed our questions, and did not rush our tour at all. It was evident that he knew what he was talking about, and was eager to share his knowledge with us.

Miguel was a great guide. He picked my sister and I up at our Airbnb. We were with a couple from the UK. Very comfortable ride. Nice small group with guided points of interest and some alone time to explore on our own. Wonderful experience. Highly recommend Miguel. He was nice funny and accommodating!

An excellent value for the cost. Plenty of time at Fatima to attend mass and see the rest of the square and new cathedral. John was an excellent driver, great conversationalist, and willing to answer questions and give historical content.

Guide was very punctual and very friendly. Gave us enough informaron without overloading and gave us time to explore the places by ourselves.

Was an amazing buggy tour so much fun, great offroading and also a bit of history on the local areas when you stop in the beauty spots!