Medieval Paths & Natural Beauty

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Óbidos - Medieval Castle, one of the 7 wonders of Portugal
Amoreira - Historic village and the local church dating from the XVII century.
Óbidos Lagoon | Bom Sucesso - Tranquillity, natural beauty, traditional flavours


The origin of the name Óbidos is descendant from the word Oppidum witch means "citadel" or "fortified city ', near this village you can find traces of the Roman settlement, Eburobrittium.

It was conquered from the Moors in 1148 and received the first foral or letter of charter in1195, under the reign of the King D.Sancho I.

The medieval town of Óbidos is one of the seven wonders of Portugal, there we can observe the different architectural styles, Roman, Gothic, Baroque and Manueline.

Óbidos, where the tradition maintains the original colours, Manueline porticos and flowered windows, existing several churches, where the most visited are São Pedro, Santa Maria and Sr. da Pedra. A granite pillory, ordered built by Queen D. Leonor, bears on one side the shield with the royal coat of arms and on the other a fishing net in memory of the fishermen who brought back the body of her child victim of a hunting accident.

Óbidos also has a 3 km stone masonry aqueduct that supplied water to the entire population. This grand construction was ordered in 1570 by Queen Catherine of Austria.

Built by the Arabs on the small hill we find the Castle, with enormous walls and once surrounded by water, today allows us to view the entire floodplain and the Óbidos Lagoon.

This village was given as a wedding gift by King D. Dinis to the Queen Santa Isabel and would be part of the dowries of the following Queens, including Urraca of Castela (spouse of King D.Afonso II), Queen Santa Isabel (spouse of King D.Dinis), Filipa of Lencastre (spouse of King D.João I), Leonor of Aragon (spouse of King D. Duarte), Leonor de Portugal (spouse of King D.João II), among other Royalty figures.

The village of Óbidos is known as the "Village of the Lady Queens"



The beauty of the Óbidos region is not confined only to the Castle and its walls, pictures views extend through out the surrounding villages.

On the way to the Óbidos Lagoon there is a town called Amoreira, a Historical Village, appointed in King D.Manuel I reign.

On September 14, 1512, Amoreira received the letter of charter, the first Alcaide, or governor was Lourenço de Sá e Melo who lived in a solar, or a grand refined mansion entitled Quinta da Praça, their noble men and ladies also resided in Sitio of Rocio, now known as Casa das Senhoras Neves.

The religious heritage is distinctive featuring a chapel and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Aboboriz, well adorned and decorated with tiles of the XVII century.

This parish extends to the Atlantic Ocean, where we find the Beach of Amoreira and a grand resort called Praia d'el Rey. With green landscapes, truly unique, this resort passes on serenity and well-being. With a 5-star hotel “Marriott”, where the Portuguese National Football teem regularly stays for pre championship practices, they also have tennis courts and a prized golf course among other sports and activities.

Through trade routes, the wild cherry fruit called Ginja was introduced in our country. Due to the microclima in this western region, this fruit is abundant and was well appreciated by the Senhoras Rainhas (Queens of Portugal) supporting the production of a fine and distinctive liqueur.

In Amoreira you can visit the Ginja facilities, Frutóbidos, a pioneer in the production of an authentic traditional liqueur where quality and taste are remarkable, Vila das Rainhas the Ginja of Óbidos.


Arriving at the Óbidos Lagoon, the Musaranhos site, we discover a magnificence landscape rich in fauna within a unique ecosystem, we can see the presence of flamingos, different species of wild ducks and other various colourful land and sea birds.

Maritime wildlife is also abundant within the lagoon, there are several species of fish, such as sea bass, sole, turbot, different kind of breams, mullet, octopus and cuttlefish.

The bivalve molluscs fishing continues to be the highlight catch of this region, gastronomically you can enjoy the traditional flavours such as different species of clams, mussels and the famous fried or eel stew.

All this, while you enjoy the wonderful peace of mind and tranquillity the lagoon provides.

Continuing our tour, we reach the wonderful beaches of Amoreira and Rio Cortiço with its extension to Baleal, also we can appreciate the quiet beach of Bom Sucesso with the powerful Atlantic Ocean connecting with the Lagoon and the Foz do Arelho village.

A divine picture in harmony with natures best accomplishments.

Óbidos today, hosts to several events:


Óbidos Vila Natal - Christmas Magic of the Seaon

International Festival of Chocolate - Chocolate Sculptures and chocolate tasting

Holy Week - Religious Seremonies in Easter

May Barroque - Classical Music, event dedicated to the Óbidos Composer - José Joaquim dos Santos (1147-1810)

Carnation Season - Musical thems from the Barroque period

Medieval Market - Medieval fair, with life costomes, customs and traditions

SIPO - International Piano Week - Presentaions with renown artists in the music world

Opera Festival - Lyrical style entretainement with various musical authors

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