Pousada de Óbidos
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- Number of rooms: 17
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour reception
- Free internet (public areas)
- Safe at reception
- Business centre
- Golf course nearby
Pousada de Obidos - 14th century Medieval castle and 16th century palace
Situated within the magnificent medieval castle walls that encircle the village some 80km north of Lisbon, the exceptional whitewashed, pantiled Pousada de Óbidos was the first to be adapted and restored from a historical monument in 1951. The setting is truly spectacular and the views are breath-taking.
Óbidos’ Pousada is housed within the palace - set within the castle walls - and built by D. Joao de Noronha in the 16th century, with heavy Moorish fortifications and Manueline-style windows, it was later remodelled by King Dinis. As you approach the entrance you will be impressed by the Portal de Verga (doorway) with its twisted tree trunk design and topped by the shield and coat of arms of the Noronhas. Inside its walls, the contrast between original stonework and plaster is marked and acts to highlight the traditional decoration and wall tiles. You can also find historical artefacts, a suit of armour and traditional paintings inside the castle - adding to its historical charm. The castle was damaged during the 1755 earthquake but rebuilt and restored afterwards, and is recognised today as one of the 7 ‘wonders of Portugal’.
Most bedrooms are bright and very traditional in style, some with exposed brickwork, although the feel of the rooms in the new wing is much more modern. There are 9 bedrooms in the castle itself of which 5 are superior 'Castelo' rooms and suites - which come at a slight premium - and 4 are smaller standard rooms. The two castle rooms in the towers are more compact with high ceilings and small windows however are very unique and special. There are also 8 rooms in the new wing, 5 of which are standard and 3 are larger superior rooms (2 of which have castle views). All standard rooms in the Pousada vary considerably in size, but most of the standard rooms in the new wing are larger than those in the castle building although they do not have such views. Nonetheless, the cottage rooms are spacious, light and individual in style. They are colourful and bright and each room has its own attraction. All rooms are named after Portuguese royalty and further information on the history can be provided at reception.
The Pousada’s restaurant showcases the rich flavours of the region and you will enjoy its calm atmosphere and refined setting. Sea scallops, kid, lamb and pumpkin desserts stand out on the menu – when in season. This restaurant also has incredible views over the plains through stunning arched windows.
Recently, the Pousada de Óbidos has undergone considerable work and 8 new rooms have been added in a new wing. There is a lift to the cottage rooms for those who require easy access, and breakfast can also be served on the nearby terrace for convenience.
There is public parking in front of the Pousada reception which is free of charge.
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 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.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
- Sautéed Fresh Sea Scallop with Apple and Watercress on two textures
- Foie Gras with Fresh Green Salad, Balsamic Vinegar and “Bravo Esmolfe” Apple
- Edible Crab and Purée with Fresh Chicory Lettuce Salad
- Codfish Fillet “D. Dinis” Style
- Roasted “Royal Duck” Breast, lacquered with Honey Lime and Natural Orange Juice, “Sultanas” Grapes and Dried Figs
- Roast Kid in the oven with Giblets Rice from the Marshlands in Ribatejo Region
- Lamb chops with Pine Nut Rice and sautéed Fresh
- Regional dessert from Caldas da Rainha, “Trouxas de Ovos”, elaborated according to ancestral traditions with Fresh Pineapple and Mint Leaf
- Traditional Tartlet filled with Egg Yolks, Sugar and Sweet Pumpkin & Traditional Cake from Leiria with Almond, Egg Yolks, Sugar and Eggs
- Home made Chocolat Muffin with Vanilla Ice Cream and Regional Liquer “Ginja” from Óbidos
How to get there
From Caldas da Rainha 1. Head south on R. dos Heróis da Grande Guerra/N360/N8 toward R. Cel. Soeiro de Brito Continue to follow N360 Go through 1 roundabout (0.7 mi) 2. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R. Gen. Amílcar Mota/N115 (0.5 mi) 3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (1.2 mi) 4. Continue straight onto N114 (1.2 mi) 5. Turn right (0.3 mi) 6. Sharp left (0.2 mi) 7. Sharp right(0.2 mi) 8. Turn left Destination will be on the left (0.2 mi)
Ourem - 76 Km
Queluz - 100 Km
Condeixa-a-Nova - 128 Km
Lisbon Airport - 83 Km
Region & Cuisine
LISBON & THE TAGUS VALLEY
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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