Interesting monument, Good location, easy to seeand friendly,
Nothing else there
Quem passa por Alcobaca, nao passa sem la voltar ...
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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,...more
Though not being the best hotel in Alcobaca (Chalet Fonte Nova is special, in service and... price)...more
Aljubarrota - Sao Vicente, Alcobaca, 2460-711, Portugal
Good for: Couples
Located near the bus terminal, in the exit to %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/9eab8/45daa/...more
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 - A few months ago I tried another restaurant, not far, called...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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."
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...more
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.more
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 -...more
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 ot years ago I decided to go and have a look.In the way between Alcobaça and Nazaré there's a sign,...more
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.more
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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!
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)more
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...more
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.more