Alcobaça Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes

Most Recent Things to Do in Alcobaça

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Going north

    by solopes Updated Mar 18, 2015

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Leave Alcobaca towards Leiria, and, after 7 kms, stop a couple of minutes in Aljubarrota, to ear the funny story (not for 7 spanish soldiers) of the "padeira". Continue to S. Jorge, where you may visit the museum of the most celebrated battle in Portugal. Proceed to Batalha, and dedicate a reasonable time to the monastery (UNESCO heritage, and specially, my marriage place in 1979). I forbid you to miss the "Capelas Imperfeitas", a gem where you can see mixed four architectural styles. Take your time... It deserves it.

    Lunch time shall take you 12 kms north, to Leiria, but don't stop there. Proceed straight to "Marrazes" and enjoy the adventure of eating at "Tromba Rija". It's an overwhelming experience, sometimes requiring a previous reserve. If you have the misfortune of not getting a table, walk across the street to "Casinha Velha". You won't regret.
    Now it's time to go back to Leiria, and with such a powerful lunch, you are strong enough to climb to the castle. The views are interesting. Coming down, walk a while in the narrow streets around "Praca Rodrigues Lobo".
    The way back to Alcobaça can be done via Marinha Grande, where, with time, you may go to the excelent Glass Museum, in the center of town. Finnaly, 7 kms before Alcobaca, Atlantis is a superior class crystal producer, with visitor center and shops, close to the recently opened to the public beautiful convent of Cós

    Batalha - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Leiria - Portugal Marinha Grande - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Tombs

    by solopes Updated Feb 22, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The tombs of Pedro and Ines dominate the church of the monastery, but the tomb of Saint Bernardo, telling the story of his death, is also very interesting.

    Amidst several royal tombs, two are identified: those of our third and fifth kings - Afonso the 2nd and the 4th.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Kings Room

    by solopes Updated Feb 22, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The richest room in the monastery shows the statues of almost all the Portuguese kings, but more than that, a great set of tiled panels from the 18th century tell the story of the monument's construction.

    Very easy to follow and rather interesting!

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Chapter House

    by solopes Updated Feb 22, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The house where the monks had their meetings is now one of the most useful rooms in the monastery. It's shape is a square of 17.5x17.5 meters, big enough to gather 200 monks.

    With good acoustic conditions it is frequently used to musical events. In between, it is open to visitors, displaying a few statues of the former abbots.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Pedro and Ines

    by solopes Updated Feb 22, 2015

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    No, I'm not telling the story again.

    Only a remark to notice that recent works opened the access to a window from where you'll be able to take a picture of the tombs demonstrating how the king decided to be buried, in order to, at the end of the world... No! I promised not to tell the story again.

    I believe that it is impossible to arrive at the monastery without knowing our "Romeo and Juliet story", but if you do, even the stones will tell it to you.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Monastery- addings

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Though being started in the 12th century, some works have happened later, here and there with some different styles signing the dates.

    The facade (baroque) and the access to the sacristy (manueline) are good examples.

    A large and more recent area, in the back, for many years used as guest house is under recovering and may be seen from the 1st stage.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    The cloisters

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Entering through the kings room, we access the main cloister, from where we may visit the monks accommodations. It's a very harmonious ensemble, from where we may have the idea of the size of the whole building.

    Some recuperation works open the sight to new areas, promising a larger visitable area soon.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    City Hall

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    No, its not Disneyland. It's City Hall, in a fabulous photo of Graca Vargas, with some other angles in my own photos.

    The palace has been built in 1890 by a local that made fortune in Brazil, and started being used as City Hall in the middle of last century.

    The style reflects Brazilian architecture. Around it, there's a garden, with tennis lawns, and, at both ends, the camping ground and the Palace of Justice.

    City Hall by Gra��a Vargas - Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Palace of Justice - Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Monastery - The monks life

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    More than a church (a wonderful church), Alcobaça was a school inhabited by dozens of monks.

    It´s still very interesting to see their conditions of life, from the kitchen where they could cook three bulls at once, with always running water from the diverted river, to the cellar, dormitory and refectory.

    Some recent works have enlarged and enriched the visited area.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal By Gra��a Vargas - Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Rossio

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Once a gardened square, full of life (and cars), the square facing the monastery was transformed in a desert, with the intention to enhance the monastery. Locals complaint, commerce fades and discussion grows.

    Even the regular events in the square are different, more professional and less participated. Fortunately, the image and proportions of the buildings was preserved.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    The cloister

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Not so outstanding as the one in Batalha, the cloister passes a sensation of peace and meditation, in its discreet simplicity.

    A fountain in a corner is a nice element and the interior garden is the only living element added to the elegant stone walls and pillars.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    The Monastery

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Until recently the monastery was behind a controverted garden. Recent and expensive work replaced the garden by a even more controverted desert. But the monument is there in its untouched beauty. To know something about it let's read:

    "(...)Is one of the few European monuments that has managed to preserve intact an entire group of mediaeval buildings and its church is the largest early Gothic construction in Portugal. The history of its foundation in 1153 recounted in the eighteenth century azulejo panels that line the walls of the Sala dos Reis (Kings' Hall). As we ''read'' the story of these panels, we learn that D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, promised St. Bernard his lands in Alcobaça if he managed to capture Santarem from the Moors, which did in fact happen in 1147. The statues of the Kings of Portugal - from D. Afonso Henriques to D. José I (in the eighteenth century) - stand on baroque consoles around the walls of the room. In the centre is a cauldron that is said, according to legend, to have been taken from the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota.

    The building of the monastery began in 1178, as did the building of the abbey of Clairvaux, the headquarters of the Cistercian Order in France. Alcobaca is thus connected to the great civilising project that the white- habited monks began there: the public school, which was begun in 1269, and the use of the land for farming purposes, providing a genuine agricultural training ground, the fruits of which are still visible today.(...)".

    (Part of an excelent description that you may see at: http://www.manorhouses.com/unesco/whalco.html)

    In my other tips I will write about many more details.

    Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal Alcoba��a - Portugal
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Going East

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Use the same exit of Alcobaça as in your north travel. A few kilometers after Aljubarrota turn right towards "Porto de Mos". Take your time to visit the castle, and proceed to Fatima.

    Some people visit the sanctuary in half an hour, some other in half a life. Depending in your time use, you may go a little further and visit Ourem and its castle. Anyway, lunchtime will be at Fatima, at "Tia Alice". Bacalhau is a must. After lunch (or before), if it interests you, visit the Dinosaur trail, 10 kms away, and go to the mountain zone. Visit one (or more) cave. The most known is "St. Antonio", the biggest "Mira de Aire" and my favorite "Alvados". Go south to Arrimal, and uphill to Casal de Vale-de-Ventos. In a good day you may see the ocean, 25 kms distant, and even farther, the Berlengas islands. Follow the ridge south, and descend to Alcobertas and "Salinas", an interesting place where they produce salt, 200 mts above sea level. From there you may return to Alcobaca through Benedita and Turquel (If it is not working hour stop and say hello)

    Fatima
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Going south

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Leave Alcobaça towards Caldas da Rainha, and in Alfeizerão turn to S. Martinho do Porto (You may stop at Alfeizerão to taste the special "Pão de Ló"). Before or after stepping in the quiet beach, you may drive up to Facho, and see the sights. For lunch if the important is quality try "A Casa", just in the bay. Everything is excellent, but "Robalo ao sal" is special. For a cheaper meal you may go to Kais Restaurant. Proceed south, passing Salir and its dunes, and, through the hills, until stopping at Foz do Arelho. Watch the people bathing and grabbing shells at the same time. If bathing, you may need to swim, because the sand is very irregular.

    Take your time, but consider moving to Caldas da Rainha. There, the Thermal Spa and hospital (the oldest in the world) and the surrounding park are interesting and quiet.

    Ceramics and humour are married in Caldas da Rainha. Try to find by yourself the most typical piece of ceramics. When you stop laughing taste the "cavacas" and head to the museum of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, the creator of "Ze Povinho" (our Uncle Sam) and much more. Time to leave to Obidos, a wonderful town insida a castle. Spend the afternoon visiting the arts and antiques shops, climbing to the walls and towers to see the sights. Feeling tired is time to stop and drink a "Ginginha". For diner the "Pousada do Convento" or "Ilustre Casa de Ramiro" are excellent but pricy. If you prefer to eat in your way back to Alcobaca, "Sabores d'Italia" in Caldas da Rainha, is much more than pizza and pasta, but "Cortico", in Tornada, has a delicious wild boar steak and is cheapper.

    Berlenga

    Was this review helpful?

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Going Northwest

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you followed the western route to Nazaré, and have time to proceed, or if you have another free day, follow the road to Nazaré and at the entrance of town turn right to Marinha Grande and left to the Sitio, and, from there, follow the coast.

    The northern coast alternates between wide beaches several kilometres long, and small secluded beaches, with evidence to "Ursa" "Polvoeira" or "Agua de Madeiros". "S. Pedro de Muel", nested in the national pine forest, it's an interesting urban solution, and a good stop in your coastal observation (see my page).

    For dinner, drive a little further north to another beach, "Vieira de Leiria" and look for an "Arroz de marisco", a remarkable seashell rice, at "Solemar".

    Paredes da Vitoria
    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Alcobaça

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

25 travelers online now

Comments

Alcobaça Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Alcobaça things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Alcobaça sightseeing.

View all Alcobaça hotels