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    Monastery's exhibitions

    by solopes Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    The south section of the Monastery has an independent access and it is used for different thematic displays. For instance, just before leavingo to Croatia I saw there a free exhibition of the wonders of that country. Funny.

    Two years after Croatia many exhibitions passed in the monastery's south wing. It's impossible to get a current information, but the visit to the monastery is also a good opportunity to check what is going on.

    To see the schedulled program you may try the Monastery page

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    Pataias

    by solopes Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    Once a swamp area drained by the monks of Cister, Alcobaça still keeps small natural ponds, providing relaxing sights and some good picnic areas.

    This lagoon, in the industrial town of Pataias, only a few minutes from the beaches, though invaded by the water jacinth, still has its beauty.

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    Cultural Events

    by solopes Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    Alcobaça is a small town in size and population, but it has lots of cultural activity. Music, dance, and popular fairs and festivities are scheduled frequently. International folk dances were shown often in Alcobaça, organized by myself and a team of friends from Turquel in the seventies and eighties.

    Now, only the city council keep, sporadically, that initiative.

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    Cós

    by solopes Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    It will become a beaten path!

    After several years blaming the local authorities for neglecting this monument, my nephew's marriage took me to a finally restored church, that is now available to visit.

    Distant 5 to 10 minutes from Alcobaça, you should try to visit Cos monastery, or, at least, my pictures in its page. The tiles are splendid.

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    Corners

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

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    Ninety per cent of the visitors go straight to enter the Monastery, browse one of the shops in front of it, and leave Alcobaca.

    Wrong!

    Hidden in the narrow streets around the monument, Alcobaca has more interesting points that justify a longer staying.

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    Quinta do Pinheiro

    by solopes Updated Jan 24, 2014

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    It is a rural hotel.

    It is a restaurant for business or parties.

    Yes! I know! It is only that, but it is also a nice site, and a good base to watch the intense agricultural activity in the small properties that surround it.

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    Paredes

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    North of Nazaré but belonging to Alcobaça, this beach has wide, soft and clean sand, but a rough sea. Surrounded by the national pine tree forest, it is a very good place for picnics, with extreme cautions - fire is a always present risk. And this summer the area suffered a lot

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    Vale Furado

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    In the wild coast, north of Nazaré but belonging to Alcobaça, there are a few points were the wide sand beaches are accessible.

    Vale Furado, between Falca and Água de Madeiros is one of them, with a savage beauty, and all the conditions for the sun seekers not wanting to enter the sea (cold and sometimes dangerous)

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    Polvoeira

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

    Some years ago dozens of wooden houses were built upon these cliffs, by the wide beach. All of them were destroyed by the local authorities, and the beach keeps wild and unspoilt. Well, until the arrival of the dust, from the parking.

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    Is Alcobaça named after its two rivers ??

    by MarioPortugal Written Oct 28, 2006

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    The city of Alcobaça is the intersection point for two rivers. The river Alcoa and the river Baça.

    Because of that a popular a discussing has been going on. Some say that the city was named its two rivers but others say it is the other way around, that it actually was the two rivers that were named after Alcobaça !! - [This discussing reminds me the old discussion paradox: what was born first? the chicken's egg or of the chicken itself ? ].

    On this Tip, one may find 3 pictures of the Baça river.

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    Falca

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    Alcobaça is developing its wild coast, north of Nazaré. A few villages are growing by the sea, one of them called Falca. It is a good point to meet Sun and Nature.

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    The walls

    by salinhopt Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Inside the abbey if you take a close look at the walls you'll find amazing scripters. Some of them are symbols that can be identified with the abbey guide!

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