Obidos: 107 km from Quinta da Cotovia
The beautiful town of Óbidos, with white houses decorated with Bougainvilleas and honeysuckle, was conquered from the Moors by the first King of Portugal, d. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. Later the town of d. Dinis to his wife, the "Holy Queen" Rainha Santa Isabel. From that time until 1883 was Óbidos and the surrounding land still in the hands of the Queens of Portugal.
Surrounded by medieval walls and crowned with a Moorish Castle, which is rebuilt by d. Dinis and nowadays a Pousada Óbidos, is home to one of the most perfect examples of the Portuguese medieval castles. As in former times was the access via the southern port, that of Santa Maria, decorated with azulejos (tiles) from the 18th century. Within the castle walls, which adopt a golden color in the setting sunlight, breathes a cheerful medieval atmosphere. Óbidos consists of steep streets, whitewashed cottages with blue and yellow tones, with Windows and niches in Manueline style, reminiscent of King d. Manuel I (16th century), who here works great has left behind, and colourful flowers and plants.
Don't forget to visit the mother church Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria, the pretty chapel Capela de São Martinho and, outside the castle walls, the Church Igreja do Senhor da Pedra.
Of the events are held annually in Óbidos are the festivities around Easter during the Semana Santa (the steps of the Via Sacra are represented), the Festival of Antique music "Festival de Música Antiga", in October, and for the sweet tooth the chocolate festival (Festival Internacional do chocolate), in March, which is part of an international competition where the recipes are reviewed by an international expert jury , the most famous.