Alcochete Travel Guide

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Alcochete Things to Do

  • Church of St John the Baptist

    Located not for from the waterfront and in the town centre. It was confirmed as a National Monument in 1910.It was a warm morning and the church gave a degree of shade and coolness.

  • Visit the Bullfighting Arena and Museum

    Alchochete has a strong history of bullfighting and our Virtual Tourist friends brought my sister and I (who were visiting in Septmeber 2009) to the arena where there was a nice statue of a bullfighter matador. Apparently, during the summer months they have special events like the "running of the bulls"! Wish we saw that....but we just settled for...

  • Dom Manuel I

    The King of Portugal and Algarves was born in Alcochete. During his reign, Portugal flourished and grew in international power.

  • A place to lose oneself in

    Just lose yourself totally in Alcochete. This is my advice in order to thoroughly enjoy this wondrous little place. In doing so tho, one can never truly get lost around the village simply because it is so tiny. But, accordingly, this is the best way really to enjoy Alcochete.Pick any ancient street and like all it leads down eventually to the...

  • Igreja matriz/de Sao Joao Baptista

    An "igreja matriz" in Portugal is a designation for a Catholic church that has jurisdiction over other smaller churches within an ecclesiastical jurisdiction (according to the Portuguese Wikipedia).This Church, not too far from the main esplanade in the center of town, has the name of St. John the Baptist and it's believed that its oldest parts...

  • The town center

    The town center in Old Alcochete is one of the cutest parts of town, with cobblestone streets and a feel of being "in another world" compared to the modern part of Alcochete, or as if time went slower here hehehe. The street leading to it (which I can't remember the name right now) has some restaurants with outdoor servings, and I really enjoyed...

  • Miradouro Amália Rodrigues

    When I visit a new city, I like looking for a place where I can get a panoramic view. Better if from above, but not necessarily.Walking by the shore and past the boardwalk, we found the miradouro Amália Rodrigues. Amália is the one and only Queen of Fado, born in 1920 and passed away in 1999 after a successful career as a Fado singer.From the...

  • The marina/boardwalk and the views

    The boardwalk/marina was my absolute favorite place in Alcochete. From here you can, on a clear day, have gorgeous views of Old and New Alcochete, Lisbon and Ponte Vasco da Gama, the second longest bridge in Europe. During the summer there's a typical Portuguese boat called alcatejo, and you can take a boat ride to the natural reserve at the Tagus...

  • The Moinhos beach

    The Moinhos beach is a great place to hang out, sit down by the bar or by the garden, or stroll along the sands of the river bank.

  • D. Manuel I statue

    The Portuguese King D. Manuel I, greatly responsible for the golden era of the Portuguese Discoveries, and the architectural style Manuelino, being the Jeronimos monastery in Belém a good example of this style, is the most famous citizen of Alcochete.The great King was born in Alcochete on May 31 of 1469, and died in Lisbon on December 13 of 1521....

  • Visit the Main Church

    Right in the town centre, in the square near the town hall, lies the main church of Alcochete. It's an old gothic church built over the ruins of an old mosque, and devoted to Saint John, the Baptist.Built in the XV th century, the building was associated to the "Infante" D. Fernando, the father of the great king D. Manuel I.The building has been...

  • Church of Mercy

    The church of mercy stands right in the river banks, next to the pier. It’s story is a bit of a mystery since there are no documental evidences that can help dating the time of its construction. It is said the church was a part of the Palace where the great Portuguese king D. Manuel was born.Nowadays the church os used to house the museum of...

  • The Old Windmills

    Located at the river beach with the same name, stand the old windmills, right next to the river. They were used until the beginning of the last century, and mostly during the time when Alcochete was mainly an agricultural town, supplying Lisbon with cereals and flour.Nowadays they are no longer in use, but are located in a nice place for a walk, or...

  • A boat ride

    At the Town Hall is possible to book a ride in the traditional boat "Alcatejo". The ride takes you to the natural reserve, it´s very relaxing and provides different vues of the town. At same parts of the River Tagus, you almost feel like you are sailing in the high sea.

  • The Views!!

    Don't miss out on the fantastic views of the river, that are available in different parts opf the town, like the panoramic point of Amalia Rodrigues, the Pier or the Beach.

  • visit the Town Centre

    Besides a large number of good restaurants (with every price range available), and the old church, the town centre also includes the beautiful Rossio garden, along the river bank, and a nice number of outdoor Cafes and Bars, just perfect to take advantage of the sunny days we have in Portugal. Alcochete is also the birthplace of one of the most...

  • The Freeport Outlet

    Just outside the town of Alcochete lies the Freeport Outlet, which is probably the most know association to the name Alcochete. Many Tourists come visit the Outlet, and go away without visiting the town. And that's a shame because they miss on the river, the beautiful sunsets and the old town centre and its delicious restaurants with fish...

  • The Countryside

    Apart from the River we also have a nice countryside, where we can ride a Bike or go trakking and bird watching, along the natural reserve of the River Tagus.


Alcochete Restaurants

  • Lunch

    This is a sea food restaurant, and sadly this is something I do not eat. We had called into the restaurant the night before we were to have lunch, and they confirmed they would buy a fillet steak for me.It is family owned and has excellent service.

  • Takeaway Local Style

    I arrived in Lisbon late, and we made a stop here for some take away food. The grilled chicken of course plus fries and rice.

  • Great fish and seafood

    In February 2013, I visited Restaurante Don Peixe together with Glória and Carlos (VT-members LusaTraveller and Jorgec25) and two of my friends from Denmark, and it was a very good experience! Great food and great atmosphere... It is a family restaurant where mom is the chef, and the son is the owner of Don Peixe – both very friendly and...

  • Excellent Seafood where we had our VT...

    This is we were we had our VT Meet with A2lopes, and the couple jorgec25 and lustraveller in Alcochete, Portugal. Antonio (A2lopes) actually picked us up from our hotel (Corinthia) in Lisboa and then he did cross the wonderful new bridge connection going to Alcochete – and this restaurant rocks!The fish was fresh and you just pick which seafood you...

  • Cozinha Tradicional Portuguesa

    Restaurante Pé de Salsa em Alcochete, na zona ribeirinha. Restaurante moderno. Profissionais, com vasta experiência na área da restauração. Ambiente familiar, acolhedor e com música ambiente, sempre a pensar no bem-estar. Cozinha tradicional portuguesa. Grande variedade de pratos de carne, peixe, legumes e produtos regionais sempre frescos. Doçaria...

  • Don Peixe, a place of friends

    Our friends Gloria and Carlos invited us to dinner in their small town of Alcochete, just across the bridge from Lisbon and they decided on the Don Peixe for their great seafood. What is best about small towns, their restaurants and their local customers is that you feel "at home".We spent an enjoyable evening with our friends and also got to meet...

  • Unbeatable fresh seafood

    Even the locals in Alcochete consider Restaurant Don Peixe as the best in town. A fact that even I as a first time visitor to this town and too with this restaurant would be foolish to disagree. It was truly fantastic their selection of seafood and how wonderfully simple they'd prepare the very many of them - grilled - and coming out...

  • Like a fancy place?

    Alcaxete is a very trendy restaurant in Alcochete, with a really nice dinning room, that is for itself worth a visit.If you like football, it's the place to go as the owner is a Sporting fanatic, and some football players like to go there. The shrimp "açorda" is a must.

  • Typical Local Tavern

    Taberna D. Manuel is a small local tavern, with very nice Service, as most restaurants in Alcochete, and some specialties like the Pork chop with cheese and ham. What I like best are the grilled small squids and the black iberic pork grilled to perfection.


Alcochete Nightlife

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    by jorgec25 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Alcach is a Bar located in the middle of Rossio Garden, overlooking the Tagus River. I especially recommend it when the weather is nice, becuase most of the tables are outside.

    You can see a beautiful sunset while enjoying a drink from their extensive menu. There are plenty of combinations possible, juto look at the website for all the options.

    The atmosphere is very cool and friendly, and the service is always made with a smile, and there always time for a chat with the staff. So don’t go there if you are in hurry and just want to grab a drink.

    Dress Code: there isn't any dress code. You can go as you like.

    Be aware that the indoor area allows smoking, and since the space is small, it's not very confortable to stay inside if you are a non smoker.

    Alcah Bar
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Alcochete Transportation

  • How to get to Freeport

    Freeport Outlet is closer to Lisbon than from Setúbal. To get there you can take a bus or rent a car. You can take the bus 413 from Setúbal bus station or the 431, 432 or 437 in Lisbon (in Campo Grande station - north part of Lisbon or in Gare do Oriente - Eastern Part of Lisbon). Schedules can be seen in choose lines in...

  • A scenic ride to a very scenic village

    Knowing you don't have your own transport, the most practical and economical way to get to Alcochete is by bus which undoubtedly makes it one that's a highly scenic ride out of Lisbon.There are two buses - numbers 432 and 435 - both serviced by the TST Bus Company. It departs from the ultra modern Oriente station, an architectural marvel by...

  • Getting to Alcochete, from Lisbon

    From Lisbon you can get to Alcochete using the services of the bus company Transportes Sul do Tejo, from Oriente metro station/bus terminal. However, I didn't use this company as I was driven around, but see Jorgec25's Alcochete page for more detailed information.


Alcochete Local Customs

  • Cravo, or carnation/clove pink

    Carnations are simple flowers to most of us, but in Portugal they were important in what's called the Carnation Revoultion, or "Revolução dos cravos". On Apr 25, 1974 a group of people had enough of the dictatorship that had started in 1926 and took matters into their own hands. They started a non-violent revolution in which no more than 5 people...

  • Azulejos/tiles

    Portugal has a long tradition of making azulejos and using them, not only inside the houses and apartments but also on the outside and on street signs.The pictures on this tip portray tiles found walking towards the town center and at Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista (picture #3).

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