Top things to do in Estremadura

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 Monastery in Batalha

Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória

The extraordinary abbey 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 steal…
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.…
Top Choice Portuguese in Óbidos

Ja!mon Ja!mon

Just outside Porta da Vila, before the tourism office, don't miss this cute little eatery. Six tables are crammed into a quaint room, a former padeiria (bakery), and fresh bread is baked in the wood-fired oven (alon…
Top Choice Sculpture in Estremadura

Buddha Eden

This large sculpture park on the grounds of a winery is an astonishing sight. Among many other works of art, monumental Buddhist statues stand proud above the cork trees and terracotta warriors look down on a duck-f…
Top Choice Seafood in Ericeira

Mar à Vista

Crustaceans of every kind are on display at this hearty frill-free local place known for its shellfish. (No fish. No meat.) Order simple doses of oysters, clams or garlic shrimp accompanied by beer on tap, indulge i…
Top Choice Seafood in Nazaré

Casa Pires

Many locals think that this is the only place in Nazaré to eat grilled sardines. Enough said. When sardines are out of season, though (read frozen), you can always opt for a grilled fish instead. Stick to the sugges…
Top Choice Modern Portuguese in Peniche

Nau dos Corvos

It's just you and the sea out here at Cabo Carvoeiro, 2.5km from the town centre at the tip of the peninsula. But as you gaze out at the Atlantic from the windy platform, it's nice to know that under your feet is an…
Top Choice Seafood in Nazaré

A Tasquinha

This exceptionally friendly family affair has been running for 50-plus years, serving high-quality seafood in a pair of snug but pretty tiled dining rooms. Expect queues on summer nights.
Top Choice Seafood in Ericeira

Esplanada Furnas

As close to the sea as you can get without a boat, Furnas is all about freshly caught fish and spectacular ocean views. They’ll show you the catch of the day and then barbecue your choice on the spot. The per-kilogr…