Alcobaça, Portugal

Visit the district of Alcobaça and its imposing monastery in your journey through the centre of Portugal.

Alcobaça, Portugal
Alcobaça
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Alcobaça is a municipal district and a town located approximately 100 Km north of Lisbon, between the rivers Alcoa and Baça. The history of the town is marked by the presence of almost 700 years of the Cistercian Order.

 

Mosteiro de Alcobaça
Mosteiro de Alcobaça
© Celestino Manuel
Praça, Alcobaça
Praça, Alcobaça
© Celestino Manuel

The town of Alcobaça is small, modest and very pleasant. The main protagonist in the town is the imposing Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça (12th century), declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. Behind its amazing Baroque facade, there is a luminous forest of simple Cistercian arches. Beside, the arches open to a set of patios, kitchens and antique monastic chambers. The most of the restaurants and hotels in the town are in this area.

However, the district of Alcobaça has got much more to offer. The ruins of its Medieval Castle are worth as well to be visited, just as the village of Cós. Saint Mary Convent of Cós is one of the biggest Cistercian nunneries in the country. On the other side, the village counts with the Igreja da Misericórdia church of Alcobaça, declared a National Monument; and the Lagoon of Pataias, a quiet place perfect for a picnic with your family or friends.

If you are interested in the world of viticulture, you must visit the National Museum of the Wine, one of the best in its kind in the country.

Regarding the beaches, Alcobaça counts with approximately 12 kilometers of coast, having several beaches located between high cliffs and beautiful pine tree forests.

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