Alcobaça, a place to live, to walk, to feel, to visit, to learn, to grow. Alcobaça stands out for its cultural, architectural and natural. Since the remains of the Cistercian Order, the beaches, the lakes, the caves, wineries, pine forests, the natural parks and many other offerings. The region brings a unique cultural dynamic that tends to be increasingly recognized in national and international panorama.
If you love specialities, you should visit Pastelaria Alcoa (this pastry reveals a true paradise for gourmands) and taste their delicious “Cornucópias“ !!!
Mosteiro Santa Maria de Alcobaça: One of the first Cistercian monastic foundations in Portuguese territory, the Monastery of Alcobaça became the main house of this religious order, thanks to a continued policy of royal protection, initiated by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. Inside, You can see the Gothic tombs of King Pedro I and Inês de Castro. Classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage list , Monastery is an important witness to the evolution of Portuguese architecture.
Convento de Cós also known as Monastery of Santa Maria de Cós is located in Cós. Its origins go back to the 12 th century, by which time the Monastery of Alcobaça acquires properties in Cós. It would be by the hand of the Abbot of Alcobaça ( D. Fernando) , the convent would be built first and is designed to accommodate the widows who wanted to lead a religious life. The church is classified as a Public Interest since 1946.
Museu Nacional do Vinho : This museum is housed in the old winery. In 1875, José Eduardo Raposo de Magalhães had built his winery with the most advanced technology for its time and was responsible for the development of viticulture. The National Museum of Wine opens its doors to the public, occupying a core building of undeniable architectural interest and meeting the most important wine estate inPortugal.
Museu Monográfico do Bárrio is a testimony of human occupation that extends between the 1St/4th centuries. The museum houses a collection which reflects the course of a day of rural population who occupied, in addition to domestic activities, farm and livestock farming (cultivation of cereals, oil, wine and creation cattle of various species) and fishing in the lagoon, rich in all kinds of seafood. Thoroughly Romanized, this community maintains its aesthetic tradition, although many adopt Roman customs, certificates in hygiene as the objects of adornment.
S. Martinho do Porto : The beach has a great affluence throughout the year. Perhaps the natural beauty of the bay is in itself justification. You can appreciate the fine sand and the dune vegetation which have here an expression unique .
Lagoa de Pataias is located in the north of Alcobaça. It is a wetland area that appears in the middle of the vast area of brave pine that occupies this region of the Portuguese coast and, therefore, is occupied by Fauna and Flora distinct from all the surrounding. In view of unauthorized use in the past, water is polluted with nutrients which promote excessive growth of plant material with consequent lack of oxygen in the water.
Vale da Ribeira do Mogo Is a valley very fitted with typical mediterranean vegetation. These characteristics promote the existence of diverse fauna that formerly occupied the region, like the fox, and even various forest birds. This was also the habitat of the emblematic Iberian Lynx, but deforestation and the gradual isolation of the area made it impossible to stay in this place. Vale da Ribeira do Mogo has all the potential to come to get a protection status.