The Wedding Present Town; Portugal’s most romantic Medieval Village
This medieval walled village, with a turbulent past full of historical events that have marked the country, has been declared a national monument. Indeed, the whole village is no less than a royal “wedding present” – back in 1282 King D. Dinis offered it as a gift to his new Queen, Isabel on their marriage.
Óbidos is an extraordinary place. Its picturesque cobblestone streets are lined with colourful houses that are dressed with geraniums and bougainvillea, while its Gothic windows and doorways and whitewashed churches are all surrounded by 12th century castle walls, making this village a precious piece of history.
Walking along the top of the 45ft high medieval walls is the best way to admire this picture postcard-perfect place.
For four weekends in July/August the Medieval Festival recreates the Middle Ages with music, knights, witches, food, drink and theatre performances.
During the International Chocolate Festival, which takes place around the first two weeks in February each year, Obidos becomes the world’s chocolate capital, with incredible chocolate sculptures.