Óbidos in a flash can even recall the ominous word 'death', but actually means "walled city", and the general joy the Portuguese city lives up to its meaning. This fortress offers history, culture, beauty and peace and a good portion of tranquility for anyone planning to spend a different day away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Founded by the Romans, the village of Óbidos gives its first impression in a long, narrow street called  Straight Street .

The street is lined with shops of  handicrafts, where you can also taste the  cherry brandy, a wild fruit  that gives the flavor to the city's famous liqueur.

Right at the end of the street sits the Castelo de Óbidos, were mounted inside spaces that give us an idea of how daily life was the village and within the walls of the castle.

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The visitor is surprised to encounter a hostel set up inside the castle. To spend the night you need to spend 250 euros and if you want VIP treatment can opt for one quarter of kings and queens, where charges to the tune of 350 euros. Too bad I have no picture of this room to heal our curiosity. It will be so pompous and is meant to be? I heard that the kings bed is huge!

Well, back to the historical facts of Óbidos ... Walking through town is well understood because it is an asset, just crossing Porta da Vila all decorated in traditional blue and white tiles.

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Following the historic tour, the heart of Óbidos is the square of Santa Maria, a symbol of urban restructuring has gone through the city in the sixteenth century by King Catherine of Austria, wife of John III. The  Church of Santa Maria , built in 1148 during the reign of Afonso Henriques in order of S. Teotonio was also restructured in sixteenth and worth a visit!

Take a few minutes of the Solar Aboins, which for centuries was the staging point of the royal entourage at the Shed of the village built in the medieval period and the symbol of municipal powers - Pelourinho, built in 1513. If you have plenty of time to spend in the Museum Abilio de Matos and Silva (Old Town Hall Council), built during the reign of King Manuel in the sixteenth century, then visit the Manor of St. Mary's Square (the former residence of the painter Eduardo Malta in the twentieth century) and save breath for one more stop: how about tossing a coin and make a request in the beautiful Fountain of the village? It is not any one fountain was built in 1535 at the behest of Queen Catarina.

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The most important of all, go with your eyes open and look beyond the tourism atraction. Take for example the tenderness of flowery balconies, the houses painted white and blue, and the whim of manicured gardens in private homes. Forgive me if I appear in almost all the photos below, the local architecture is so inspiring that had took from my personal folder just to share with you.

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This is an invitation to visit the Obidos town.

Article by Priscilla Rios Wheel Razuk on July 18, 2011, source Myguide.pt

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