Alcobaca and Batalha

By Team Portugal 365 on Friday 14 March 2014.

A trip to Alcobaca, located about 40 km north of Obidos on A8, will make a nice day trip if you stay on the Costa da Prata. The well-known Monastery of Santa Maria d’Alcobaca, inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage Site list, was founded in the 12th century. Its monumental size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials and the care with which it was built make this a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art.

In the church are the tombs of King Pedro and his murdered mistress Inês. The story tells the tale of the tragic liaison between Pedro and his ever-lasting love for Inês.  Today, their ornate tombs face each other so that on Judgement Day his first sight would be of his beloved Inês.

About 20 km north-west of Alcobaca is Batalha. The Monastery of Batalha, also inscribed   on the Unesco World Heritage list, is the most important example in Portugal of the European Late Gothic style. The monastery is open all year round, except 1st Jan 1, Easter Sunday and 25th December.

Pastelaria "Alcôa": A delicious bakery is located on the main square.

Praça 25 de Abrill, 44
2460-018 Alcobaça
Tel: +351 262 597 474


Restaurant "António Padeiro": Traditional Portuguese food, with delicious appetizers, just 50 metres from the main square.

Rua Dom Maur 27 in Alcobaça
Tel: +351 262 582 295