It is one of those cities that you really cannot miss, and because the historical centre is so small, you could easily stop for lunch and enjoy your time there, or use the area as a base for exploring this stunning area of Portugal.
We visited for an afternoon and sat at one of the many pavement cafes enjoying the sunshine and fresh squeezed orange juice, with the monastery just in front of us.
You can enter the monastery free of charge and it really is magnificent. The architecture and stone work is outstanding
The Monastery and church were founded in 1153 and were one of the first Gothic buildings in Portugal. It is considered one of the most important medieval monasteries in Portugal, due to its artistic and historical importance it was granted world heritage status by UNESCO in 1989.
Though this is the main feature of the town, there are little cobbled streets with shops selling traditional goods and souvenirs, if you take the time to walk around, you will find some fantastic cafes and souvenirs and see some wonderful buildings.
If you are driving into the city and using your sat nav, beware, as ours wanted to drive through an area that has now been pedestrianised.
There is a car park by the monastery, but we have found this very busy, alternatively, there is a very large car park just outside the historical centre and it is a short walk to the area. You also get to see a little more of the buildings, but beware, this bit may look pedestrianised, it is not.
But how ever you get to Alcobaça, you really won't regret it.
If you don't get to visit I hope you enjoy the photos, and if you would like to stay in the area, just check out our property page to find the ideal holiday location nearby