March is marked in Obidos by a new event, that is becoming a strong attraction - a chocolate fair. All kind of qualities, artistic demonstrations and cultural animation fill Obidos with many thousand visitors.
PS - Some people start complaining that paying 5 € just to... buy chocolate, is too much. Aren't we in crisis or not, after all?
"Ginginha" is popular in Portugal, but Obidos as a special detail - you may drink it by a chocolate cup, that tastes very well at the end.
Do you believe that, despite this originality, they are trying to design an exclusive Obidos glass for ginginha?
Obidos means... animation, and in December, Christmas is a natural theme.
Several amusements, mainly with kids in mind, give life to a lively city.
The problem is that, sometimes, the mild Portuguese weather forgets to come, and the artificial snow doesn't look so artificial after all.
A fine example of glazed ceramic decorative tiles greets you as you enter the town of Obidos through its main gate, the 'Porta da Vila'. This custom derived from the hundreds of years of Moorish occupation and has been adopted by the Portugese and developed to a high state of art.
This oratory, built in the 1700s and dedicated to Our Lady of Piety, provides a perfect place within the gate to put on a show for the town's visitors. As I was trying to take this photo, I had to jostle for position because of large crowd of French tourists had just disembarked from a bus and their guide was trying to explain this to them. At the same time, delivery trucks were trying to squeeze through this old and narrow gate!
I was glad to escape up onto the battlements - but the scene was actually very quiet when we later exited through here.
According to local Portuguese legend, it was the crowing of a roasted rooster that saved a journeying pilgrim, condemned to hang for a murder he did not commit. This act of faith inspired the Portuguese to elect a new household mascot - the gaily painted ROOSTER OF GOOD LUCK AND HAPPINESS.
You will find colourful, painted souvenir roosters everywhere you go in Portugal.
At the main entrance where the bulk of the tourists arrive by the busloads and cars to the carpark are stand by local women selling locally made biscuits, cakes and sweets.
I enjoyed the opportunity to chat to one of them and discuss recommended ones ie her favourites and information about them, and bought two different types to try something of the locality.
One was a huge biscuit with peanuts , for euro 80cents, and though quite hard and sweet, as already advised, it fed my liking for biscuits with peanuts (a kiwi thing! we make peanut biscuits from our famous Edmonds cookbook from way back in our childhoods!! but with cocoa) and it was rather delicious.
Built by the order of Queen Catarina of Austria, wife of D. João III, King of Portugal.
The Aqueduct is about 3 Km (approx 2 miles) long and was set to provide fresh water to the city.
I've read on my recent research that Queen Catarina paid for the Aqueducts' full construction herself and got reimbursed with the property of some nearby agricultural fields. The Aqueduct was built in 1573.
There are quite a few stone arched doorways in Óbidos. I usually take a moment when I'm crossing through it. I look to its details and stare amazed, wondering how many centuries before have those been built.
Numerous small shops are all over in the village of Óbidos during the Medieval Fair.
More pictures of Óbidos' Medieval time are available here.
Music & Dancing is part of the entertainment at the Óbidos Medieval Fair.
Check out my travelogue for more pictures of Óbidos' Medieval time.
During the Medieval Fair that annually has been taking place in Óbidos since 2002, and in this 2006 year it run from July 13th to the 23rd, MEAT is barbecued in really big portions, like the way of the old medieval times.
Suggestion: you may check out my travelogue for more pictures of Óbidos' Medieval time.
Main access door to the town of Óbidos concluded approximately in 1380. It shelters the oratory dedicated to the patroness of Óbidos, Our Lady of Piety, concluded in the 17th century, with remarkable tile covering from 1740-45.
Portugal is said to be one of the European countries with a stronger religious feeling. Catholicism is the most practised religion, in fact, almost the exclusive one. So, we were highly surprised when we discovered this Buddhist Centre, especially because it was located in a little town like Obidos. A good place to reach nirvana, without any doubt.
Se dice que Portugal es uno de los paises de Europa con un sentimiento religioso mas fuerte. El catolicismo es la religion mas practicada, de hecho, casi la exclusiva. Asi que nos sorprendimos mucho cuando descubrimos este Centro Budista, sobre todo porque estaba en una ciudad pequenha como Obidos. Un buen lugar para alcanzar el nirvana, sin duda
I was embarrassed when I saw some of my fellow tourists stopping in for a free taste of the Ginja liquor and quickly exiting the shop after indulging themselves. A bottle only costs $10.
It seems rude to me that tourists embarass themselves by taking free samples and not buying something in the shop - regardless of whether it is a tourist shop or not.
I attended a medieval fair in Obidos, and so in this theme they tried to make us eat with our hands (or these ridiculously large forks). My clay dish full of meat and rice was pretty tasty; I forget the portuguese names of them. Espaldas??!
Anyway, it was quite an amusing experience to eat with this fork that wouldn't even fit properly into my mouth. Drinking red wine under the hot sun certainly didn't help my coordination any.
Pardon this photo; I look about half my age in it. Haha. Am I really that juvenile acting?