Alcobaça Travel Guide

  • Granja Abbatiale - Alcobaça
    Granja Abbatiale - Alcobaça
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  • Granja Abbatiale - Alcobaça
    Granja Abbatiale - Alcobaça
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  • Granja Abbatiale - Alcobaça
    Granja Abbatiale - Alcobaça
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Alcobaça Things to Do

  • Monastery- addings

    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...

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  • The cloisters

    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.

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  • City Hall

    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,...

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  • Monastery - The monks life

    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...

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  • The tombs of the eternal lovers

    They are located besides the altar, at both sides. King Pedro I decided its location because, after the resurrection, he and his lover and wife Ines will meet again.

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  • Rossio

    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...

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Alcobaça Hotels

  • Hotel Santa Maria

    Though not being the best hotel in Alcobaca (Chalet Fonte Nova is special, in service and... price)...

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  • Casa da Padeira

    Aljubarrota - Sao Vicente, Alcobaca, 2460-711, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel D. Ines de Castro

    Located near the bus terminal, in the exit to %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/9eab8/45daa/...

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Alcobaça Restaurants

  • Once the best in town

    A nice place in the outskirts of town. Good starters, using the typical cuisine. Fresh fish, gets its best in codfish, lamb, and chicken ("frango na pucara"). Good deserts and list of wines. I am not going there for several months, and heard that it was going down. True or not? PS -I saw another restaurant, not far, called "Telheiro II", and tried...

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  • Simple and good

    In a hill overlooking Alcobaça, this familiar restaurants closes on Sunday and Monday, and that's the reason why I took so much time to discover it (we use to eat out exactly in those days).I was invited by a friend, and had a good surprise. Nice place, gentle people, good food. I must have a second visit, but, so far, I have no doubt to recommend...

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  • Different

    This is not a real restaurant, but a funny and different place where you may eat. It is a farm, prepared for tourism, in a do-it-yourself basis. You pay 5€ to enter, and become free to use everything in the farm, not only the many ludic equipments, but also the kitchen, grill, and even the vegetables produced in the farm, that you may pick in the...

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Alcobaça Nightlife

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    by solopes Updated Apr 19, 2013

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    After decades of indifference, the recent works to evidence the monastery created the opportunity to a different use of its facing square and facade.

    Several events, from spring to autumn, animate the interior and surroundings of the monastery.

    A discrete nightlife is growing in some of the adjacent bars. City Hall's homepage has a good agenda, unfortunately only in Portuguese.

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Alcobaça Transportation

  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    Some road distancez to Alcobaça from:- Lisboa: 137 kms.- Madrid (Spain): 658 kms.- Firenze/Florence (Italy): 2.247 kms.- Riga (Latvia): 3.842 kms.Checking the website, you can find some more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

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  • VT BUS TOUR TO ALCOBACA

    Monday morning June 1, began veeeery early - like 5:00 a.m. as we were to get our tour bus at the SAS Radisson, near Campo Grande Metro Station in Lisbon for 8:30 a.m. and most of us were staying in Cascais. Our large group that was staying at Albergaria Valbom headed for the train station around 6:00 a.m. Most had to buy tickets (1.70 Euro) for...

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  • A Golfer's paradise!!!!

    No, this isn't a misplaced sports tip and this isn't a picture of our rental car. Actually, it's a Volkswagon Golf that we saw in the parking lot. My buddy Andrew who was traveling with me has a Golf at home in the States and is a big car enthusiast. He kept noticing all the Golfs around Portugal and I was kidding him that he was more interested in...

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Alcobaça Shopping

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    by MarioPortugal Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    What to buy: Ginja de Alcobaça

    Ginja is sweet liquor made out of red berries similar to cherries that are left inside brandy. Sugar is also added. Usually a few other ingredients are added as well but that producers like to kept those secret on order to preserve the originality of their unique recipe.

    The most known Ginja made in Alcobaça is the popular "David Pinto" famous not only for its conical bottle, but also for is particular quality.

    From the promo leaflet:

    " An absolutely natural and handmade sour cherry liqueur, of unique quality, which gathers wisdom, ancient tradition from the Cister monks and the exceptional quality of the fruits from Alcobaça region.

    The sour cherry liqueur MSR appeared in Alcobaça in the 1920s, by the hand of Manuel de Sousa Ribeiro, who had a very good reputation as winemaker at that time. The exclusive model of the bottle and the brand were registered in 1930.

    The sour cherry liqueur MSR has been made by the company David Pinto & Companhia, Lda since 1940, the year of its foundation.

    This liqueur is exclusively produced with fruit from area which corresponds to the old fields of Alcobaça Cistercian monastery. The company has its own orchard.

    The annual production is limited to the amount of fruit available in each year.

    The bottle is tradicionally wrapped in white paper in a tribute to Cister Monks, also known as the White Monks."

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Alcobaça Local Customs

  • Carnival by the Monastery

    It's not an old tradition, but the Carnival parade by the Monastery has been strengthening, and, though too much commercial for my taste, became an extra attraction subject. So, If you didn't see the Monastery yet, and may come by Carnival... why not? But check in advance. They are failing some years.And now they stopped. Carnival is out of...

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  • Heaven & Hell (featured on the tomb of...

    Heaven and Hell are featured with great detail in the engraved stone of Inês tomb.Looking for the tomb in detail one can read that some souls go to Heaven but the condemned souls get Hell as their destiny for eternal punishment.

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  • Labor' signatures engraved on the...

    In the 12th Century, while working on the stones for the Monastery, the workers used personal signs to engrave their signatures on the stones. The signs are still visible nowadays.

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Alcobaça Warnings and Dangers

  • Tricky coast

    The wild coast of Alcobaça is beautiful, but hidding some risks: last sunday, we witnessed a tragedy under the bright sun and in the calm waters - a distraction, and a boat was turned by a wave, killing one of the fishermen and injuring the other. Looking at the sea, we couldn't imagine such drama.

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  • Rivers

    Baça river draining in Alcoa river gave name to Alcobaça. The merging point of both rivers were for long time abandoned and neglected. A few years ago workings were started to recover and embellish it. Things are much better, but still too much to be done.

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  • Fish and coins

    One of the monastery's highlights is the huge kitchen. There, a tank is always freshened by running water, diverted from the river. In my last visit I noticed that merging two traditions may lead to silly things: someone decided to put fishes in the tank and some other people keep throwing coins to the water. Both things don't go well together -...

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Alcobaça Tourist Traps

  • Parreitas

    In several places around Alcobaça you may see signs announcing Parreitas. It's a place where a friend of mine, about 40 years ago, discovered some roman ruins. I didn't visit the place with him, when excavations began, nor later. But a couple of years ago I decided to go and have a look.In the way between Alcobaça and Nazaré there's a sign,...

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  • The Castle

    There is, really, nothing to see there. So, if you want to make a good picture of the Monastery's facade, that's a good point, otherwise there is no reason to justify the effort of climbing the steep way. I know that there are some beautiful houses in the way, but you need not to go up to the top to see them.

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    6 Hotels in Alcobaça

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Alcobaça What to Pack

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    by acemj Updated Mar 5, 2003

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    Photo Equipment: . . . bring your camera. Fortunately, there didn't seem to be any restrictions on taking pictures inside the monastery so bring plenty of film!

    Andrew getting a shot of the facade

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Alcobaça Off The Beaten Path

  • Monastery's exhibitions

    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,...

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  • Pataias

    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

    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,...

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Alcobaça Favorites

  • Peter and Ines

    Pedro and Ines compose Portuguese Romeo and Juliet story. The legend is specially remembered in Coimbra, where they lived their love, and in Alcobaça, their burial place, whose details I explain in another tip. Commemorating 500 years since her death, great festivities took place in both places. A perfect replica of her tomb was used in a funerary...

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  • Central area

    Have always been impressed by two features that are outstanding in many religious structures, first of all the totally high and arched ceilings. Secondly the magnificent work done on the windows, no matter if they are plain glass or stained glass, what the depict, or even if it is "only" the frame holding the window.

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  • Sala dos Reis (or King's Room)

    Sala dos Reis (King's Room), from the 18th century, has lining and covering its walls numerous statues depicting the kings of Portugal and also murals (made from blue tiles) showing scenes from the history and founding of the abbey.

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