Óbidos is a magical place situated on a hill, a charming little town with picturesque whitewashed houses and red, faded tiles surrounded by walls of the 14th century that make you fall in love with it.
For me, it was like being in a unique place cause I could explore it all just by walking on its high fortified walls leading to the 12th century Óbidos Castle transformed into a luxurious hotel offering an unusual location to spend the night.
To enter the town you have to cross the main, north gate Porta da Vila from 1380, decorated by impressive, blue azulejos, an important element in the two-weeks Easter processions.
The tiny town center is filled with paving paths where you can marvellously get lost. In the heart of the village, you will find the Church of Santa Maria where took place the wedding of the King Afonso V with the age of 10 and his 8 years old cousin Isabel.
Historically, the main street called Rua Direita was the quickest way of reaching the castle. Nowadays, it attracts most visitors due to the lovely, little shops and restaurants where you can find traditional Portuguese goods. The visit to the town isn’t complete without trying the cherry liquor, Ginja de Óbidos produced in this region and served in chocolate cups.
If you are a chocolate lover, visit Óbidos in March! During this month takes place the Festival de Chocolate gathering professional confectioners from all around the world. You can see sculptures, constructions, clothing, jewellery and everything made with chocolate.
There is no better example of a traditional Portuguese town than Óbidos. If you are visiting Portugal, I truly recommend you to pass by and dive into a medieval scenery.