Parque dos Monges (Monk’s Park) is a small adventure and animal park located near Alcobaça in Portugal.
The park inspired by the life of the Cistercian monks opened in 2011 on a historical site Convento de Cós (connected to Aljubarrota battle that in 1385 gave victory to the Portuguese over the Castilians). The park belongs to a private company that applied for European Union funds to restore the old convent and transformed it an amusement park.
The park that spans for 10 hectares and has a big lake, an educational farm and a few animals enclosures. Among most trill activities are climbing, rapel and slide (You throw yourself from a monk’s tower with a harness and slide along the lake. See videos). You can also do some canoeing and try the bow and arrows. The park also has several shows including a reenactment of battle of Aljusbarrota, a monk’s cookie museum and a biblical garden.
New for 2015 are two shows including a real eagle flight and a medieval tournament.
The price range is affordable from 6€ just for the ticket entry to several packs (i personally recommend a pack with slide, canoeing and a visit to the candy Museum all above 15€). The food is surprisingly good and cheap for a theme park. They have a good restaurant and several pic-nic areas.
On the downside, we could feel things were not quite well organised yet. There are few animal and botanical variety in the park. The activities don’t always start on time. Also, I would advise to go on a cloudy day or when it’s not too hot as you need to walk around to enjoy the park and there was not much shade.
All in all the park is fun for a half day visit and has potential to grow even in these economical dire straits in Europe.
Location: Rua Quinta das Freiras, N.º 10, Chiqueda, 2460-089 Alcobaça, Portugal
Tickets 6€ (Children), 10€ Adults (activities are paid separately)Top Rides
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