A small village about 5 Km south of Obidos, what does it have?
Calm life, nice people, and... a few friends. Do I need more to go and to see this other part of Obidos?
Dancing took me there. Twice... so far!
And once more...
- Arts and Culture
Buddha Eden (Garden of peace)
Just 14Km far from Óbidos is the Buddha Éden (Garden of peace) located at Quinta dos Lóridos.
This garden is an art gallery especially dedicated to the buddha statues.
The ticket costs about 2.50€, and you get a bottle of wine in the exit.
Tip: Rent a car. You can see the 2 places in the same day.
- Museum Visits
- Family Travel
I had already passed in Gaeiras, without stopping.
This time I went TO Gaeiras and had a look around. Nothing to compare to Obidos, but this residential area, with almost one third of all the population of the great Obidos is not ugly, and is trying to develop quickly.
This event, "presépios (nativity scene)" exhibition, is an example each year in December.
I tried to post a couple of tips about Gaeiras,but it didn't exist in VT. It does now, so you're invited to my Gaeiras page.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
A former cellar in Gaeiras is now the place to regular artistic events. Only four kilometers out of main town, it is a nice stop, so be attempt to the advertising to see what is on there during your visit.
- Arts and Culture
Lagoon of Obidos
Not far from Obidos there's a lagoon with the same name, communicating with the sea, that once extended to near the town.
Now it occupies a much smaller area, but it is still considerable. For further details see my Foz do Arelho page.
The secret path of Obidos
As you walk out of the fortress portal and into the town proper, you turn to your right and look up the hill. You will see where the fortress connects to the town wall and a cascade of green going up into the corner (the first photo here). Get up close and you will find a "secret" path, or steps, that lead up almost to the top of the wall, these photos were taken from there, a nice overview of the town. The last photo shows the steps hidden in the greenery as seen from the top..
Gaeiras - Intro
Gaeiras don't show in VT.
Following the staff's instructions I will post in the closer city, which is... Obidos. One day, all these notes and tips will be moved to the right place.
Well... I found it. VT identifies it as Gaieiras, and the tips will be moved.
Foz de Arelho: this is paradise
Very close to Obidos lake, if you take the road to coastline, 4-5 kms away you found this lovely beach. In wavy days, you could swim in spite of it, because of it has an inside beach. Moreover, it's a very quiet beach, very few tourists.
Muy cerca de la laguna de Obidos, si coges la carretera hacia la costa te encuentras esta playa encantadora. En los días de oleaje, puedes nadar a pesar de eso, porque tiene una playa interior, como puedes ver en la foto. Ademas, es muy tranquila, muy pocos turistas
- Water Sports
Get off the main street
If you get out of the main comercial streets (like Direita Street) you'll find an Óbidos free of tourists and as beautiful.
Óbidos is a small village, very easy to see all by foot (it has to be by foot, you can't take you car inside the city walls).
- Hiking and Walking
- Castles and Palaces
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
a classic windmill
Just outside the town walls, on top of a hill, an old windmill stands tall. I don't know if it still functions or not, but it seems rather iconic. To me, it represents a typical landscape of Central Portugal, something that should be in a picture book.
You can view this windmill by walking along the wall on the part far from the Castle.
Watch yor step while walking the streets...
Photo was taken in obidos, Portugal.
Óbidos is Portugal's most romantic village. It has a population of just 500, and its reputation dates back to the 13th century when the honeymooning King Dinis and Queen Isabel loved the enchanting village so much, he presented it to her as a wedding gift. That tradition lasted 600 years. Every Queen of Portugal was presented with Óbidos as part of her dowry.
The fortified hilltop village is enclosed by high, castellated medieval walls. It sits on a limestone ridge, overlooking a 16th century aqueduct. Until the 15th century, it overlooked the sea, but the bay filled with silt, leaving a lagoon, and the town became landlocked.
The walls date to the Moors of the 8th century, but were ineffective in protecting them against Alfonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal. He was a fierce warrior and conquered the town in 1148, one of seven seized from the Moors, and makes up the official Portuguese coat of arms.
There are four entrances to the town, but only one for tourists. Cars, unless owned and driven by a resident, are absolutely forbidden. The main gate, Porta da Vila, is very fancy and leads straight into the main street. That is where you will find shops and cafes.
Buildings are decorated with ceramics. Many local artisans have a talent for making them, and you will see them at work, creating their colourful tiles, and the basket-style ceramic unique to Óbidos. The style symbolises the baskets used during grape harvest. Choosing what to buy is a difficult task.
Óbidos almost seems to be more a showpiece than a town, and its silent, starry nights and beautiful nightfalls can give the feeling of actually being there centuries ago.
lagoa de obidos
he nearby obidos lagoon, the largest in Portugal, was originally an inlet on the coast, at a time when the sea used to bathe the foot of the hill on which the town of obidos is located. as the sea gradually receded, this area was almost closed, becoming a favourite spot for fishermen due to the abundance of fish in its waters, and nowadays it is a popular summer resort.
Igreja de São João Baptista
This church stands just outside the walls, and you won’t miss it when arriving in Obidos through the Village Door. The church was ordered by Queen Saint Isabel in 1309 and later refurbished and extended in the 16th century. Nowadays it houses the Parish Museum. As in many villages in Portugal, this church is adjacent to the cemetery.
Outside the walls and for 3km spreads an aqueduct. This aqueduct was built in the 16th century and was ordered by Queen D. Catarina de Austria. The Queen paid for the construction of the aqueduct and received for herself a meadow, which is now known as Queen’s Meadow.
Inside the sanctuary
Inside the church, you will notice it has a hexagonal shape instead of the common rectangular shape. This church has 3 chapels – the main one and 2 on both sides (of the main altarpiece). The ceiling is very high with natural light coming from the windows and it has simple, but nice, paintings on the hexagonal shaped ceiling. There are beautiful azulejos (Portuguese tiles) inside, and a kind of balcony made of marble. I’m not sure about this particular church, but all other churches in Obidos (inside the walls) close at 5pm.
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