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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Alcobaca is a municipality and a city in the district of Leiria, in Portugal, formerly included in the province of Estremadura. The city grew along the valleys of the rivers Alcoa and Baca, from which it derives its name. The municipality has a total population of 55,269 inhabitants and a total area of 408.1 square kilometers.  
The city of Alcobaca became notable after the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, decided to build there a church to celebrate the conquest of Santarem to the Moors, in 1147. A few kilometers to the north of Alcobaca is located the Monastery of Batalha, another amazing gothic building constructed in memory of a different important battle, that of Aljubarrota. To the west of Alcobaca is the well-known fishing village of Nazare.

A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Alcobaca is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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