What to do and see in Alcobaca, Portugal: The Best Places and Tips

November 7, 2017 Tynisha Seiler

Discover the best top things to do in Alcobaca, Portugal including Monastery of Alcobaca, Baia de Sao Martinho do Porto, Miradouro do Suberco, Praia do Salgado, O Sitio, Farol, Alcobaca Monastery, Ruinas da Capela de Santana, Alcobaca, Walking Sao Martinho do Porto and Vicinities.
Restaurants in Alcobaca

1. Monastery of Alcobaca

Praca 25 de Abril, Alcobaca 2460-018, Portugal +351 262 505 128
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Monastery of Alcobaca

Reviewed By mschmitt255 - Waterloo, Canada

This Cistercian monastery built between 1178-1834 features superb gothic architecture even though the entrance is designed in the Baroque style. The monastery features the Hall of Kings, a beautiful cloister, refectory hall, original kitchen and dormitory. You can imagine what life would have been like in this monastery. This is well worth the visit.

2. Baia de Sao Martinho do Porto

Avenida Marginal, Sao Martinho do Porto, Alcobaca 2460-096, Portugal
Excellent
56%
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36%
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6%
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4.5 based on 379 reviews

Baia de Sao Martinho do Porto

Reviewed By Stein B

Very pleasant location with mostly Portuguese tourism. Highly recommended. I have travelled a lot in Europe and elsewhere and I am normally not easily impressed.

3. Miradouro do Suberco

Largo do Elevador | Sítio do Promontório, Nazare 2450-142, Portugal
Excellent
71%
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26%
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4.5 based on 351 reviews

Miradouro do Suberco

Reviewed By Ray V - Chaves, Portugal

People come up to the top of this high hill for the view. Despite the crowds it is still worth climbing to the top by the cable car. In the space of 15 minutes the car covers a distance of 318 meters (50 of which are in a tunnel) with a slope of 42%. Adults pay 1.20€ and children .90€.

4. Praia do Salgado

Sao Martinho do Porto, Alcobaca, Portugal +351 262 568 276
Excellent
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Praia do Salgado

Reviewed By Chloe S

We intended to spend the day on the beach at Sao Martinez, it was so crammed we couldn't park anywhere and we're stuck in traffic jams. Found a back route that bypassed the town totally and led us past fields to Salgado. It is a little tricky to find and only one restaurant and a small cafe nearby up the mountain. Only locals seemed to be here. The beach was beautifully clean, lovely Mountains, soft sand and turquoise water. The day we visited the waves were seriously huge however. At least 10 feet high so life guard was manning the shore line to ensure no swimming. Not that I would have been crazy enough to attempt it anyway! Still a beautiful spot despite the ability to swim. Watching the waves crash was an activity in itself! Took my 2 year old accompanied by my parents who are in their 60s. We all enjoyed it! Was great to be away from the crowds!

5. O Sitio

Top of the Cliff, Nazare 2450-076, Portugal
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

O Sitio

Reviewed By Ch00klady - Western Australia, Australia

O Sitio was a great place away from the crowd's of downtown Nazare - what spectacular views! There were tourist shops, cafes, restaurants and little grocery stores close to the centre. Steps lead down the cliffs into Nazare, or if you don't want to walk, there is a cable car available for a small fee.

6. Farol

Cais, Sao Martinho do Porto, Alcobaca, Portugal
Excellent
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Farol

Reviewed By Belgy11 - Derbyshire

The only restaurant located on the Promenade (beach side). A lot of Portuguese people come here for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is not cosy, but it is good, staff are friendly. Especially in September when you can have the Sapateira (crab) for 10,60€

7. Alcobaca Monastery

Mosteiro de Alcobaca, Alcobaca 2460-018, Portugal
Excellent
77%
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Alcobaca Monastery

Reviewed By happy_in_paris_10 - Atlanta, Georgia

While most churches and monasteries in Portugal are richly decorated and lavishly gilded, this monastery and surrounding buildings are in stark contrast. It is Gothic beauty in stark white limestone, built for Bernard de Clairvaux and 999 Cisternian monks, the idea being that they were not to be distracted by earthly art, but to spend their time in prayer and contemplation. Our sense of awe was so great that we simply stopped walking around with our group and sat in the chapel and prayed.

8. Ruinas da Capela de Santana

Salir do Porto, Sao Martinho do Porto, Alcobaca, Portugal
Excellent
23%
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4 based on 26 reviews

Ruinas da Capela de Santana

Reviewed By ProfessorTravelling - Stavanger, Norway

You can make this a part of a great walk along the cliffs. Great view of Sao Martinho bay and the city of Sao Martinho. This is not an arduous trip, it is suitable for anyone who can walk!

2460-018 Alcobaca, Portogallo, Alcobaca 2460-743, Portugal +351 262 505 120
Excellent
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Alcobaca

Reviewed By Rambis31 - Phoenix, Arizona

Get outside of the major cities and visit Alcobaça. The highlight is a spectacular 11th century monastery with a large open space around it that allows for great photos. Lots of outdoor cafes and great restaurants, and easy to walk around. Nearby are other great locations, such as the beachfront town of Nazaré (with spectacular seafood), the larger city of Caldas da Rainha, the ancient walled city of Obidos, the monastery of Batalha, and a variety of churches and Castles. And, of course, being Portugal, it's hard to find a bad meal anywhere. Plenty of wonderful cafes and restaurants. Do not miss this town!

10. Walking Sao Martinho do Porto and Vicinities

Rua Dom Fernando 50, Sao Martinho do Porto, Alcobaca 2460-699, Portugal
Excellent
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5 based on 13 reviews

Walking Sao Martinho do Porto and Vicinities

Walking guided tours in the vicinities of charming Portuguese town Sao Martinho do Porto. Westportugal outdoors offers walks suitable for people of all fitness levels. Several tracks along-shore Atlantic, during which time participants will be exposed to the natural beauty, get general local historical, cultural information and enjoy stunning views.

Reviewed By ericon991 - ontario

A super safe beach and a boardwalk that stretches from the town all the way to Salir do Porto. Walks across to the lighthouse but beware of the crumbling cliffs.

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