Pousada de Óbidos (Vila Óbidos)
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- 7 Standard rooms
- 8 Superior rooms
- 2 Premium rooms
- Snack Bar
18th Century House
This Pousada occupies an 18th century building and perfectly combines history with comfort. It is situated in the heart of the medieval village of Óbidos, only 200 metres away from the imposing castle which houses Óbidos' other Pousada.
The Pousada's 17 en suite bedrooms are comfortably furnished with a TV, minibar, safe and Wi-Fi available. The Pousada has a snack bar, but no restaurant, therefore any guests who wish to dine are invited to use the restaurant at the Pousada Castelo de Óbidos.
Óbidos is a top-class tourist attraction, known for its dazzling white houses with blue trim, flowering window boxes, ancient winding streets and beautifully paved stone steps. Terracotta rooftiles blend into a wonderfully busy landscape of buildings and colourful gardens, making this a very picturesque setting. Market days are a particular attraction, with the castle providing an imposing backdrop.
The village was conquered and recovered from the Moors in 1148, and with restricted construction in the area, it has retained its boundaries and timeless atmosphere. Remarkably it boasts 14 churches and chapels, with dramatic architecture of different styles.
It is famous for its markets as well as the chocolate festival in March, Easter celebrations, the Medieval market in July and August, and the Opera Festival in July and August. It is also a popular day trip from Lisbon at the weekend, you will understand its attraction when you take in the bold defensive structures around the village, the whitewashed houses and flowering bougainvillea and honeysuckle bushes.
Medieval Fair: Held at weekends in July and August, this festival has been one of Óbidos’ top attractions since 2002. The entire village dresses in medieval costume and the streets are full of flags, banners, jugglers, wizards and jesters. The castle is the focus of the fair with a grand feast in the castle’s courtyard and jousts and traditional music troupes occupying the grounds. Find out more.
Chocolate festival: For several days in March, the medieval town’s narrow streets are transformed into genuine showcases of cakes and sweets that everyone can sample and purchase. You will also find some of the restaurant's dishes infused with chocolate!
Obidos international piano week: During July and August, the medieval town of Obidos is filled with piano music. Young music students from all over the world take part in the Obidos International Piano Week in order to perfect their knowledge with great masters.
Obidos Vila Natal: Visit Óbidos' Christmas Village and enter a truly magical world! From, the beginning of December, Óbidos fills up with light, colour and fantasy transforming it into a dreamlike setting where everyone – children and adults – can enjoy magical experiences amongst a wide array of attractions and amusements. Father Christmas’ House, the crib, drama, games, an ice rink and inflatables are just some of the many attractions that Óbidos has in store for you, offering special moments ideal for the whole family.
Region & Cuisine
Bordered by the Alentejo to the south and east, the Central region to the north and by the Atlantic ocean to the west, this region includes some of Portugal’s most famous old towns and cities including, of course, Lisbon itself, the country’s capital. The imposing River Tagus (Tejo in Portuguese, Tajo in Spanish) has its source in Spain and enters Portugal in the north-western corner of the region before flowing south-east to reach the Atlantic in Lisbon.
The region is heavily influenced by the Tagus, both in terms of the surrounding lush, fertile countryside on either side of its banks and the many towns (including Abrantes, Costância and Santarém) and villages through which it travels which all maintain deeply-rooted cultural traditions. The main influence in the west of the region is the Atlantic, with the landscape of the coast – the ‘Costa de Prata’, or Silver Coast, changing from high sweeping cliffs to long beaches and little coves of white sand. And throughout the interior of this region many ancient monasteries, convents and castles all bear witness to Portugal’s rich cultural and historical traditions. The climate of the region is mild, with springtime temperatures in winter and warm summers, sometimes tempered by fresh breezes blowing in from the Atlantic.
Lisbon is a delightful city. Portugal’s capital since 1255 following the conquest of the Moors a century earlier, Lisbon can certainly be described as a monumental city with over 20 centuries of history. One of Lisbon’s oldest quarters is the Alfama, which fortunately survived the devastating earthquake in 1755, and its narrow medieval streets with their typical tile-covered building façades can easily be explored on foot. The finest views of the city and across and beyond the far side of the river are from the magnificent St George’s Castle, set on a hilltop above the Alfama and its adjoining medieval quarter of Mouraria. Portugal of course has a splendid maritime history – one of its great heroes is Henry the Navigator – and there is an almost tangible maritime feel to Lisbon, exemplified by the emblematic Belém Tower situated on the side of the river to protect the entrance to the city.
Not far out of Lisbon is the charming town of Sintra, a World Heritage site, with its outstanding Pena Palace, a former royal residence built on the ruins of a 16th century monastery – not to be missed. And on the coast, just a few miles south of Sintra, are the fashionable resorts of Estoril with its fine sandy beaches, golf course and famous Casino (Europe’s largest), and neighbouring Cascais, once a pretty fishing village and royal resort and now a favourite spot for the ‘jet set’.
Other towns in the region, north of Lisbon and very much worthy of mention, are the impressively authentic medieval town of Óbidos whose castle is now the Pousada, and Fátima, one of the great pilgrimage shrines of the world since the famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917, whose delightful Pousada in nearby Ourém comprises a cluster of renovated medieval houses.
The principal elements of the cuisine of this region are fish and seafood, with the quality and freshness of everything offered that comes out of the sea quite simply unbeatable, while Lisbon’s many restaurants offer a wide choice of regional specialities from all over Portugal. This region produces very good cheeses made from both goat and sheep milk and, this being Portugal, a huge variety of delicious cakes and pastries with practically every town having its own particular speciality. Several local wines are produced, including an excellent moscatel from Setúbal.
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