Verity the Volkswagen Camper has said goodbye to the seaside and once again headed inland, tonight she is parked next to the magnificent and normally I’d say one of the most eye-catching features of the city a huge aqueduct which lies on the edge of Obidos. (N 39.3563, W 9.15666)
But amazingly this is just one of a number of magical moments that this little city has offered up !
Towering above us, The Moorish castle, and its walls, which are immensely impressive that it was chosen as one of ‘The Seven Wonders of Portugal’
The beauty starts as we cross from our sandy parking space and meander though the Porta da Vila, which is more commonly referred to as the town gate, however, apparently it is also a chapel.
On the second story, you can see the famous azulejos tiles that make this town gate one of the most beautiful in Portugal, if not the whole of europe.
From there you can easily get lost in the labyrinth of narrow white-painted cobbled streets.
The city is stunning, with each street filled with small white houses, traditionally painted with blue and yellow edges.
The main street of Rua Direita is home to many shops, selling handicrafts, art, and souvenirs, as well as plenty of great restaurants & bars and now the Somewhat infamous Portuguese canned fish .
The main thing you’ll see on sale is Ginjinha, a sour cherry liquor which is often served in a chocolate cup, You get to drink the cherry liqueur and then eat the chocolate cup. Yummy !
At the end of Rua Direita is the magnificent Castle of Obidos!
The Moors were pushed out in 1148. The castle and the walls were remodelled after 1279, while the keep was created in the 14th Century.
The 1755 earthquake caused damage to the village walls,
The remains of the walls have been restored and repaired and now once again stand at an impressive 13 meters high, and an incredible 1.6 km in length.
You can actually climb on top of the walls and walk the length around the castle. Because of the height, the views are incredible
What more could you ask for ?