Top things to do in Batalha

Top Choice Monastery in Batalha

Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória

The extraordinary monastery of Batalha was built to commemorate the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota (fought just south of here). Most of the monument was completed by 1434 in Flamboyant Gothic, but Manueline exuberance s…
Top Choice Portuguese in Batalha

Burro Velho

Batalha's best, a bustling place serving up great modern Portuguese fare – seafood rices for two (€28 to €65), fresh catches of the day and a bulhão pato–style (with olive oil, coriander and garlic) salted cod 'chee…
Buffet in Batalha

Tromba Rija

This recent Leiria transplant occupies an old horse stable on a farm near Centro, where it serves an extensive – if pricey – 'Flavours of Portugal' buffet (fairly uncommon in Portugal). Start with eight or so cheese…
Historic Site in Batalha

Batalha de Aljubarrota Centro de Interpretação

For Portuguese people Aljubarrota conjures up a fierce sense of national pride, a 1385 battle where they defeated an odds-on favourite Castilian force and established the foundations for the Portuguese golden age. W…
Museum in Batalha

MCCB

This modern, award-winning municipal museum in the centre of town is well worth the visit, taking you through the prehistory and history of the region, including some well-presented Roman remains and sections on the…
Bar in Batalha

Tasca da Tinouca

Somewhat hidden above a Vodafone shop steps from the monastery, you'll find one of Batalha's few bars, a modern – but smoky – tasca that draws a lively late afternoon happy-hour crowd for good wine, several conventi…
Grill in Batalha

Churrasqueira Vitória

Neither outstanding nor terrible, this simple, friendly place serves tasty grilled meat and other Portuguese standards. Grab half a chicken for €7 and go home happy. Good-value lunch menus are only €7.50.