Alcobaca is a small Portuguese municipality in the Oeste region.
Its origins are inextricably linked to those of the monastery, around which the inhabited nucleus has developed, already in the 12th century.
The city name originates from the two rivers Alcoa and Baça.
The monastery, heritage of humanity, is undoubtedly the main reason for the visit. But not the only one. An interesting wine museum and romantic gardens, for example, are ideal for spending half a day in the city.
For a half day of relaxation, between sun and sea, instead, you can stretch towards nearby São Martinho do Porto, a well-known seaside resort. With Alfeizerão, Aljubarrota, Benedita, Cela, Pataias, and Turquel is one of the 7 villages of the Alcobaça municipality.
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HOW TO GET TO ALCOBACA
The village of Alcobaça can be reached by car, bus, train.
From Lisbon, to the south, take the A8 motorway, exit Alcobaça / Nazaré / Valado Dos Frades, and continue for the EN 8-5.m, for a total of about 130km.
From Porto, the distance is about 200km to A1/E1. You pass by Coimbra and the nearby Leiria and Batalha.
The car is undoubtedly the ideal vehicle to reach the city, and to visit the adjacent beauties. You can move in full autonomy.
The parking is located in Av. Manuel from Silva Carolino 17, downtown, a few minutes walk from the monastery.
By bus, you get from the main Lusitane destinations with Rede Expressos.
Connections with the region, on the other hand, are guaranteed by Rodoviaria do Oeste.
The races are not particularly frequent, however, the links with the main destinations of the region are capillaries. You can get from the nearby Batalha or Fatima.
While not having its own train station, you can reach the city even by train, with the means of CP (Comboios de Portugal). There
Valado train station, in fact, located just 6 kilometers away from Alcobaça.
From Valado, by bus, you arrive in just 10 minutes. Every day, from Monday to Sunday, there are rides from 07:10 to 19:00, with frequencies of about an hour.