Óbidos is a Portuguese medieval village par excellence. Who enters in its walls is immediately sent on a trip back in time to the era of the knights, battles, kings and queens. Along its narrow and almost exclusively pedestrian streets there are visible marks of time, featuring monuments with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance characteristics. After passing through the gates of the village, walk through the typical streets, the whitewashed houses with flowers on the balconies and windows. Here you will find a huge variety of craft, clothing and souvenir shops. Moving forward, pass through the Padrão Camoniano, Pelourinho, Igreja de Santa Maria, Igreja da Misericórdia and the famous Castelo de Óbidos. Outside the walls, you will find the Câmara Municipal (City Hall) building, the Óbidos and Usseira aqueducts and, five kilometres from the village, the Lagoa de Óbidos. In this six kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide lagoon, you can practice sailing, rowing and windsurfing. Óbidos offers a wide variety of hotels, rural houses, restaurants and typical bars, ready to receive tourists. In the restaurants taste some of the specialties: eels and cockles of Lagoa de Óbidos, cabrito no forno (lamb in the oven), coelho guisado com arroz (rabbit stew with rice) and several caldeiradas (typical Portuguese stews). In the bars, enjoy the rustic and beautifully decorated spaces while tasting the famous Ginjinha de Óbidos served in a chocolate cup. This village has two large festivities every year, the Mercado Medieval (Medieval Market), which takes place in July and aims to recreate in detail the environment and the day-to-day life of a medieval village; and the Festival do Chocolate (Chocolate Festival), held in February, with various activities and contests around chocolate. All good reasons for a visit to this beautiful village.
What to do in Óbidos
Castelo e Conjunto Urbano da Vila de Óbidos
This urban set denotes the medieval character of this village. Is all surrounded by walls and features an urban structure that extends from the Alcazaba, entrances and plazas de armas. Of the six doors and shutters torn in the walls, the door of the village, with oratory Chapel, French balcony and stair located near and tile flooring. Built in the …
Aqueduto de Óbidos e da Usseira
Mannerist aqueduct with arches divided in three sections, with a length of six kilometres. Transports water from the water-mother of Usseira into the Valley of bows and then down to the fountain in the square.
Lagoa de Óbidos
A quite lovely lagoon fromed by a central area with several channels, namely those of Barrosa and Bom Sucesso. Once, the ocean reached the walls of Óbidos.
Centro Histórico de Óbidos
Along its narrow streets and almost exclusively pedestrian are visible the marks of time, featuring monuments with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance features. Typical streets, whitewashed houses with flowers on the balconies and Windows. When passing through the Camoniano Pattern is the pillory, Church of Santa Maria, Igreja da Misericórdia and Óbidos Castle.
Praia d' El Rei
A beach with a wide stretch of fine sand, located by a luxury resort and surrounded by sand dunes. It is attended by surfers and by the locals.
Santuário do Senhor Jesus da Pedra
Baroque church of hexagonal plant inscribed in a circumference, dating from the 18TH century. Was suffering several renovations over the years and, in 1997, in celebration of 250 years of the sanctuary, was inaugurated here a museum.
Charretes de Óbidos
Fitting with medieval atmosphere in this small town, there are several carts that make tourism tours, with different routes and prices. For instance, a trip along the centr of town, with a duration of 34 minutes, may cost 45 euros, …
Edifício da Pousada de Óbidos
18th century building longitudinal plant composed of two volumes two and three floors. In the mid-twentieth century was built a new building to serve as adossado hospital and home of mercy, where were installed until 2000.
Praia Rei do Cortiço
A lovely beach surrounded by dunes and interesting rocky formations. There is a small bar/restaurant that serves typical dishes. Quite attended by surfers and bodyboarders.
Chafariz do Poço / Chafariz do Arrabalde / Chafariz de Dona Maria I
Backrest source dated to the 18th century, consisting of a single cloth curvaceous crowned by Royal arms on pediment. Was sent up by Dona Maria I, where the Arabs had a public well.
Praia do Bom Sucesso
A beach located between the sea and the Óbidos Lagoon, where the river and the sea waters meet. There is a nice leisure area, a volleybal field and a kiosk.
Praia da Estrela
An isolated beach of great natural beauty, with interesting clay formations and a wide stretch of fine sand.
Porta da Vila de Óbidos
Main port of entry into the village sent put by King Dom João IV, in appreciation of the protection Patron Saint Nossa Senhora da Piedade. Inside lies the oratory Chapel to this holy, with French balcony Baroque and blue and …
Parque Cinegético de Óbidos
A green space with several plant and animal species, namely deer and boars, besides a few windmills. There are also garden benches and drinking fountains.
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