Just an hour and a half from Lisbon, Batalha was the scene of great historical moments, from the Roman presence to the decisive struggles for independence, leaving a very noble cultural heritage.
The small town that erected a statue in honor of Noble General D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, considered the greatest strategist, commander and Portuguese military genius of all times, whose victory for the independence of Portugal in the Battle of Aljubarrota, led to King D John I fulfilled the promise of erecting a monastery as a thank you to the Virgin Mary, also known as the Monastery of Saint Mary of Victory.
From the São Mamede Plateau to the green fields – on the banks of the Rio Lena – are many charms of these unique landscapes.
Symbol of Portugal’s independence, the greatest exponent is in fact the magnificent Monastery of Batalha, one of the main attractions of the region, a monument classified since 1983 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and elected as one of the 7 wonders of Portugal.
To arouse more your curiosity, nothing like suggesting the gastronomic specialties of meat and cod, but also other types of specialties like sardines and dry mackerels. In the sweets, the horseshoe cakes, palm and leg cakes and the delicious Batalha pudding stand out.
The city is rich in reasons to go out, as are the cases of lively and colorful popular festivals and pilgrimages that have perpetuated over time and are still very much appreciated today.