Top things to do in Alcobaça

Top Choice Monastery in Alcobaça

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…
Top Choice Bakery in Alcobaça


You may have seen it in Lisbon, but this heralded pasterlaria (pastry shop) hails from Alcobaça, sitting front and centre across from the monastery hawking some of Portugal's most decadent doces conventuais (convent…
Top Choice Portuguese in Alcobaça

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

This lovely spot, located on a hill behind Alcobaça in Bemposta, is an understated, modern, wooden-and-stone cabana with country-garden surrounds. It serves Portuguese dishes with contemporary flair, and is the perf…
North Indian in Alcobaça

Sabores da India

This unexpected gem is the perfect cure to the Bacalhau Blues. Tucked away 1km or so outside the tourist zone in a residential complex, the flavours and colours of Punjab come alive in fiery curries, biryanis and ta…
Cocktail Bar in Alcobaça

Estremadura Café

A surprisingly sleek (for Alcobaça!) cocktail bar and cafe right off the corner of the main square under the lip of the monastery's northwest corner. Cool music (think Interpol, not fado) soundtracks an impressive l…
Ceramics in Alcobaça

Mestre João Santos

Ceramics are big business in Alcobaça but if traditional is not your style, head to this small contemporary space – the former workshop of famed ceramicist João Santos, who died in 2006, which exhibits works from a …
Music in Alcobaça


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

Museu Raúl da Bernarda

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…