Alcobaça is in the west of Portugal, in the district of Leiria.
It is known for the Monastery of Alcobaça, where D. Pedro and D. Inês de Castro are buried historical characters and protagonists of one of the best known love stories of the European Middle Ages.
(To learn more about this story, we recommend reading the article about Coimbra, where it all happened, as well as visiting the city.)
When to go?
Any time of the year is perfect.
How to go?
By car, so you can add more destinations to the same trip. The destination is an hour and a half away from Lisbon and the toll is approximately 6 €.
If you choose to go by public transport, you can go by bus from Lisbon, for example. See more here.
Where to eat?
There are several options for cafes and restaurants around the Monastery. Here we leave the tip of one of the most famous pastry shops in Portugal, which is right in front of the Monastery door, Alcoa, where you can find a large number of references of Portuguese sweets.
What to visit?
They can take a walk around the center of Alcobaça, but in truth, from points of interest there is little else to do.
Monastery of Alcobaça
The Monastery of Alcobaça was founded in 1153, by King D. Afonso Henriques, and the city of Alcobaça develops around the two rivers (Alco and Baca) that give the city its name.
In the Monastery we find the Tombs of D. Pedro and D. Inês, one of the most beautiful love stories in Europe, and it is also linked to the Portuguese Discoveries, as well as the history of the Knights Templar.
Since 2007, it is considered one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal, it has also been classified as a National Monument since 1910 and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Artistically, it marks the beginning of Gothic in Portugal.
It can be visited free of charge on Sundays, from 10 am to 2 pm, for residents in the national territory. At other times, the ticket costs € 6.
The monastery has an idyllic lemon garden in the center, radiating white light, which the sun reflects on the white stones on the walls. It is an imposing monument. The kitchen has a huge chimney, with white and blue tiles and the whole monastery and church make us feel at peace.