Long before the Christian presence that, without any doubt, deeply marked the history of Alcobaça, Man, judging by the lithic material found that makes us go back to the Paleolithic era, already occupied these lands since primordial times. The Romanization also left strong marks in the municipality, being the best example of this the archaeological station of Parreitas, and it is assumed that the origin of Alcobaça as a village reassembles this period. The name of the former village was "Helcobatie" and later, during the presence of the Arabs from the 9th century on, "Alcoboxo". It was at this point that the castles of Alfeizerão and Alcobaça emerged, which encouraged the monks three centuries later to the construction of the Alcobaça monastery. The establishment of the Cistercian order in Alcobaça is mainly attributed to donations of D. Afonso Henriques, thanks to whom the monastery was built in 1148, at the confluence of the Alcoa and Baça rivers, and which is stated to be the most pure and majestic abbey erected by monks throughout Europe and which earned it the rank of a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. The presence of this religious order marked the cultural, social and economic development of the region at the time and many were the privileges assigned by the kings of the first dynasty to the monks, with a vast territory granted to the monastery. After almost seven centuries, the monks abandoned the monastery in October 13th 1833, leaving behind them a small village with few inhabitants. Today, we are witnessing a strong development of the region, mainly supported by the tourism and the investment in construction of modern industrial zones, cultural, educational, sporting and environmental infrastructures, without ever leaving the traditions aside. The traditions are the ones that survive in the rich gastronomy of the municipality, filled with religious references, in delicacies such as the Delícias de Frei João (sweets made with several fruits and with chestnuts), the Pudim de Ovos dos Frades (kind of egg pudding), the Tachinhos à Dom Abade (sweets with egg and almond filling) or the famous Pão-de-ló de Alfeizerão (kind of sponge cake), the Pastéis da Padeira, the Tortas de Aljubarrota (orange and egg pie) and the Queijadas do Bárrio (kind of cheese sweets). From the handicrafts, the typical Alcobaça pottery and ceramics , which reproduce the blue and white of the old Portuguese faience from the 17th century, the crystals, the tapestries, the tattered blankets, wicker baskets or the colorful Junco de Cós mats stand out. A whole set of reasons that make this county a destination to take into account.
What to do in Alcobaça
Praia de São Martinho do Porto
Located in a bay, with fine waters, this beach has a sheltering port. From the Facho Hill one enjoys unique views of the Bay of São Martinho do Porto, by the amazing dunes of Salir do Porto.
Parque Verde de Alcobaça
O Parque Verde de Alcobaça situa-se na entrada nascente da cidade, preservando os antigos caminhos da água para o Mosteiro de Alcobaça. Com uma área de mais de seis hectares, é um espaço de lazer que permite a prática de exercício, atividades ao ar livre e a realização de eventos.
Mosteiro de Alcobaça
This Monument was constructed by the Cistercian Rule monks between 1178 and 1254 following the model from the Mother House from Cistercian Rule in Claraval, France. The Monastery is composed by three bodies: the church, the North and South wings where it was respectively located the Kings and Court chambers when visiting and the Abbot and Monks residences. From the …
Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros
If one did not know the Aire and Candeeiros Hills, one could believe that their elevations at 577 and 613 metres, respectively, meant nothing extraordinary in terms of landscape. Nonetheless, this massif that spreads between Ourém, to the north, and Rio Maior, to the south, is a true kingdom of stone (calcareous) that totally stands out from the green farmlands …
Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Coz
This building was founded by testamentary arrangement of D. Sancho I it would come to adapt to a Convent house for the Bernardas during the 16th century. It possesses one only nave covered with a wooden ceiling with coffer painted with emblematic. –the walls are covered with pattern and figurative glazed tiles, altarpieces in golden mannerism carving framing paintings. The …
Lagoa de Pataias
Inserida na Reserva Ecológica Nacional, a Lagoa de Pataias é a principal zona húmida do concelho, sendo um dos principais pontos migratórios de aves aquáticas. La, é possível contemplar estas espécies através do observatório, e também conhecer uma variedade de …
Parque dos Monges
The Parque dos Monges consists of a set of equipment and activities aimed at creating unique experiences for visitors, because of how them will recreate the way of living of the monks of the Cistercian Order.
Museu Raúl da Bernarda
Open to the public since 2000, this museum shows the history of the oldest tapestries factory in Alcobaça. It exhibits several different artistic styles, totalling more than one hundred pieces from 1900 to 1970. By the museum there is a …
Museu do Vinho de Alcobaça
An old cellar that became a museum in 1966. It features the history of the wine, together with agricultural utensils, as well as machines and objects related to vineyards growing.
Miradouro de São Martinho do Porto
A place with views of the bay of São Martinho do Porto, a unique formation in Europe.
Castelo de Alcobaça
Installed on a rise about 70 meters west of the monastery, Alcobaça Castle was sent to build by d. Afonso Henriques in 1147, on the presumed ruins of a fortification from the 6th century, as part of an important defensive …
Estação Arqueológica de Parreitas
Station situated on the hills of Bárrio and along ancient Flint pond. Is testimony of a human settlement that stretches between the centuries I and IV.
Ermida de Santa Rita / Ermida do Bom Jesus do Calvário
17th century chapel of 17th century architecture. Has ship only with coverage in barrel vault.
Where to eat in Alcobaça
O restaurante António Padeiro, em Alcobaça, começou por, em 1938, ser uma simples tasca, onde era c…
Contemporary, Vegetarian, World Food
O restaurante do Real Abadia Congress & Spa Hotel, apesar de ter aberto as portas em 2013, assumiu …
A restaurant with two rooms.
A restaurant that been functioning since 1920 in an old building.
Where to sleep in Alcobaça
O Real Abadia Congress & Spa Hotel abriu em Abril de 2013, a três quilómetros do Mosteiro de Alcobaça. Este quatro estrelas tem 32 quartos, duas suites júnior …
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Porto de Mós
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