Alcobaça Travel Guide

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Alcobaça Things to Do

  • Going north

    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...

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  • Tombs

    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.

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  • Kings Room

    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!

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  • Chapter House

    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.

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  • Pedro and Ines

    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...

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  • 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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Alcobaça Restaurants

  • "Frango Na Pucara"

    All restaurants in Alcobaça claim to have the best "Frango na Pucara", a delicious chicken dish in a pot. The best that I ever tasted was in Frei Bernardo, next door to the monastery. Justice must be done!

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  • Good food and location

    Just across the road from the monastery, it's a serious place, with good portuguese food at reasonable prices. It is also a good place for a large group.I went there again, and ate one of the best "Frango na Pucara". Greetings!

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  • 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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Alcobaça Nightlife

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    Monastery and facing square: Summer Animation

    by solopes Updated May 13, 2015

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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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    [various]: Ginja "David Pinto" from Alcobaça

    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

  • 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 highlights in the monastery 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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  • 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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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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Alcobaça What to Pack

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    As always . . .

    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

  • Capuchos

    The region of Alcobaça is pleasant, and though the main touristy attraction is the monastery, there are many small details and spots to explore around the town, while finding the best of the area - the diversity of the agricultural landscape, and the hospitality of the people.Only a couple of kilometers south of town, Capuchos is an example:The...

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  • 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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Alcobaça Favorites

  • Peter and Ines

    Pedro and Inês 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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