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108km (67 miles) N of Lisbon; 16km (10 miles) NE of Caldas da Rainha

The main attraction in AlcobaƧa is its stately monastery. But the shopping is worthy, too -- the nearby market is said to sell the best fruit in Portugal. (The peaches, grown in surrounding orchards originally planted by the Cistercian monks, are especially succulent.) Many market stalls also sell the blue-and-white pottery typical of AlcobaƧa.

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