An historical route of about 85km, personally prepared, through picturesque roads with almost no traffic. We start this route by the Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre, a place with about 900m2 on the inside and 1.500m2 on the outside. During this visit we can admire its cultural heritage and understand one of the most important Medieval battles in Europe, fought on August 14, 1385.
Then we can visit one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal since 2007, World Heritage by UNESCO and an example of Gothic architecture or Manueline style, the Monastery of Our Lady of Victory (known as Monastery of Batalha). Its construction was ordered by King John I of Portugal in 1386 as a gesture of gratitude to the Virgin Mary, for the victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota. The Monastery of Batalha, went under construction for two centuries, until 1517, crossing the reign of seven kings of Portugal.
Before turning to another Heritage monument by UNESCO, we will make a stop at the National Wine Museum, reopened to the public since 2013.The Alcobaça Wine Museum is considered today as one of the jewels of the national wine heritage, since 1874. In the museum we have about 8,500 pieces on permanent display, being one of the most curious thing that can be seen on site, the storage capacity of deposits, which reaches 10 million liters of wine. Another interesting thing to be seen, are over 1,700 bottles of wine, decorate the space, with all of them unique.
We continue our visit on one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, the Alcobaça Monastery, a World Heritage by UNESCO. The beginning of its construction dates from 1152, and it was a promise of the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques who donated several lands to S. Bernardo, to celebrate the conquest of Santarem in 1147.
It was here, in the Alcobaça Monastery, that opened the first public school in Portugal in 1269, and it is also here that are some of the first royal tombs, of which two of them stand out as the largest tomb sculptures of the Middle Ages, the tombs of Pedro and Inês de Castro.
Also in Alcobaça, there are traditional shops where you can buy some Portugal and Regional souvenirs, like their famous “Chita” fabrics. It is a place with excellent terraces where you can have a great view of the entire exterior of the Monastery of Alcobaça, and also have a more elaborate meal or a simple snack in one of these many restaurants and bakeries.
In Alcobaça, as in Obidos, the Ginja is a cult and the Alcobaça Cherry Liquor is quite famous, as their conventual sweets, and all these products can be purchased at local shops in front of the Monastery.
*This itinerary can be done in a self-guided way with a GPS available from Casa da Serra.