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12 two best places to visit in Alcobaça and surroundings

Alcobaça is a beautiful city that is located between the Alcoa and Baça rivers, whose união lhe deu or current name. It is famous above all for its mosteiro, also known as the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria, founded in 1153 by the Order of Cistercians. The entire region grew in função do mosteiro de Alcobaça, because the land belonged to the monks who lived here.

Mostly two tourists come here precisely to see or see their museum and little do they imagine that Alcobaça has a lot more to discover and, now, to try. É que los monges e las freiras (do vizinho Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Cós) trouxeram also with the art of cooking and the twelve conventuais.

Today, this region is also famous for its beaches and for being located near other great monuments. Discover some of the best places to visit in Alcobaça and surroundings.

1. Mosteiro de Alcobaça

Mosteiro de Alcobaça

It is here, in the Igreja de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, that rests D. Pedro I and D. Inês de Castro, in tombs strategically placed facing each other, so that both can meet on the day of Ressurreição.

But apart from the grandiose Church, you will find here a well-preserved set of medieval rooms, such as the Sala do Capitulo, or the cloister and the kitchen of the 18th century, a heritage that justified the distinction of UNESCO in 1989.

2. Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Cós

Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Cós
Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Cós

Founded in 1279, the Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Cos belongs to the Order of Cistercians and was one of the two most important cloistered places for fryers. It was subject to several remodelings over two centuries, being that the current aspect results, predominantly, two reconstruction works carried out at the end of the 17th century.

We highlight our beautiful tiles that cover the entire church with geometric patterns and figures from the XVI and XVII centuries. In the sacristy, it is still possible to find more tiles in 10 panels that tell the life story of São Bernardo de Claraval, a crucial figure in the independence of Portugal.

3. Fornea

fornea
fornea

Located in the Parque Natural da Serra de Aire e Candeeiros, Fornea is a geological formation, caused by various erosions, which provides a unique and peaceful landscape. Or access to this unbelievable point and access and can be made by car or by foot, through a trail.

For those who want to go on an adventure and do this trail, we can start from the village of Alcaria and walk for two kilometers in order to see the Fórnea farm. Along the way, it is possible to be dazzled by the landscape that includes a beautiful waterfall and the Cova da Velha grotto.

4. Pataias Lake

Lake of Pataias
Lake of Pataias

The Lagoa de Pataias is the main humid area of ​​the council of Alcobaça. In addition to housing a considerable number of wild ducks, species of fish and migratory birds, it is also an ideal place to make a snack with the family.

After lunch, there are some small passageways where you will walk at the same time as you contemplate the beauty of the lake. It is one of two best places to enjoy nature in Alcobaça.

5. Nazaré

Nazaré
Nazaré

This fishing city is simply charming and rich in maritime traditions, from the boats with the original structure to the tradition of placing sardinhas and cavalas to dry in the sun, passing through seven saias das mulheres. Around here there is no lack of beautiful beaches, churches and, of course, giant waves, which fizeram with Portugal entering Guinness with the biggest wave surfed in the world.

6. Mosteiro da Batalha

Mosteiro da Batalha
Mosteiro da Batalha

On August 14, 1385, D. João, Mestre de Avis, defeated the Castilians in the Battle of Aljubarrota, and cemented the independence of the kingdom in his role as king. Thanks to this, he decided to order the construction of the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, also known as Mosteiro da Batalha, a monument that has been a World Heritage Site since 1983 and a National Panteão since 2016.

Either he found Gothic and Manueline styles must have been a fact that the work took two centuries to be finished, or that allows us frightening details such as the two stained glass windows or the exterior stone carvings.

7. Serra de Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park

Serra de Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park
Serra de Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park

It has an area of ​​38,900 hectares and is located between the municipalities of Alcobaça, Porto de Mós, Rio Maior, Santarém, Torres Novas and Ourém. In the space of the park there are several caves, being the most well-known the Mira de Aire Caves, which receive huge visits from tourists every year.

8. Porto de Mos

Porto de Mos
Porto de Mos

Porto de Mós is a small Portuguese town in the district of Leiria, with a great beauty that makes any person apaixonar. Feel free and interested to go uncovered: this is what is really necessary to discover these little secrets and charms of Portugal.

Whoever visits this land, cannot leave behind the famous castle that served as a refuge for the Portuguese, besides Batalha de Aljubarrota. It deals with the Castelo de Porto de Mós with traces of the Gothic and Renaissance style.

9. Alvados Caves

Caves of Alvados
Caves of Alvados

These caves were discovered in 1964 by a group of workers from the limestone quarries of the Serra dos Candeeiros, ao ouvirem or cair de pedras in a deep algar.

These caves, located in the Maciço Calcário Estremenho, are composed of various rooms of stalactites and stalagmites, linked together with names such as Lago da Ponte, Sala das Estatuas, Planeta Maravilhoso and Sala dos Ciprestes. It is thought that these caves are more than 180 thousand years old, having been formed in the Middle Jurassic age, height at which the dinosaurs lived in the region.

10. Mira de Aire Grotto

Mira de Aire Caves
Mira de Aire Caves

It is among the most impressive caves in Portugal and possesses very special and rare characteristics. Not total, there are at least 11 kilometers of known galleries (it is suspected that there may be more). Of these, about 600 meters can be visited and the same possibility can be found inside the cave, at a depth of 80 meters.

11. Moeda Caves

Moeda Caves
Moeda Caves

These calcareous caves are located in São Mamede, district of Batalha, in Leiria. Forams discovered in 1971 by two hunters, being that curiosity led you to explore or explore its entire extension, including a room (a “sala do caçador”) full of calcareous formations.

For two months, these two men excavated the narrow fissures that continued to the first cavern, uncovering little by little the rooms and galleries that we can visit.

12. Sanctuary of Fatima

Fatima
Fatima

In a few years, it evolved from just a chapel to a huge basilica in order to respond to the thousands of pilgrims who moved here every year.

EITHER Sanctuary of Fatima It is assumed to be the most important Marian shrine in Portugal and the one that is most recognized internationally. Or its enclosure is made up of various areas, more or greater highlight goes to capelinha das aparições.

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