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Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça

One of Iberia's great monasteries utterly dominates the town of Alcobaça. Hiding behind the imposing baroque facade lies a high, austere, monkish church (free entry) with a forest of unadorned 12th-century arches. B…
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Restaurante António Padeiro

If the monks had not pigged out at the Alcobaça monastery (their gluttony was eventually noticed), they would have flocked to this wonderful elegant-but-not-snobby spot. It's clocked up 70 years and for good reason.…
Portuguese in Alcobaça

O Cabeço

As the locals say, this is bem posto (well situated). And they don't mean just the view. This lovely spot, located on a hill behind Alcobaça, is an understated, modern, wooden and stone cabana with country-garden su…
Music in Alcobaça

Cistermúsica

Now in its second decade, the Cistermúsica festival is held in late July, and features classical concerts in the Alcobaça monastery and other local venues.
Museum in Alcobaça

Raúl da Bernarda Museum

This tiny place celebrates Raúl da Bernarda, the oldest ceramics factory in Alcobaça and one which had particular influence on Portuguese tableware design in the 1900s. It will appeal mainly to those who enjoy ceram…
Museum in Alcobaça

Museo do Vinho

Built at the end of the 19th century and occupying the former cellar of Jose Eduardo Raposo de Magalhães, this museum is an important part of Portugal's vinicultural and political history. The winery continued to op…