We had quite a long sightseeing list of Portuguese cities. 4th May 2018 was the best day with sunshine. So, it was reserved for Sintra. Setubal and Ericeira also require sunshine. Obidos is a small charming town and we would like to visit definitely. So, 3rd May was picked.
Obidos is a medieval fortified town. It is still surrounded by a city wall. One can enjoy wonderful views over the terracotta tiled roofs with white painted houses decorated with sharp blue, yellow, etc. The panoramic views of the surroundings are green and soothing. The entire walk takes about an hour. There are almost no safety railings. You need a bit courage and stamina. Children could do it. Therefore, no doubt, you can walk through.
The main gate entering Obidos contains a beautiful chapel with blue and white glazed tiles (Azulejo) dated 18th century. At time a young guy was playing instrument and a dark knight standing to receive money.
A striking enormous castle stands proudly at the edge of Obidos. The area was settled by the Lusitanos as early as 4th century BC and Romans in 1st century and occupied by Visigoths in 5th and 6th century. It was the Muslims who fortified the town in the 8th century.
church of Santa Maria, Matriz. It is the first church of the town which was built on the remnants of a Visigothic temple. The construction is dated back to 12th century and has been restored in several occasions. Most parts of the building are Renaissance style. It became famous in 1444 because of the marriage of the youngest (possibly) royal family took place here - King Alfonso V, aged 10 and his cousin Isabel aged 8.
Livraria de Santiago was converted to a modern bookshop. If Jesus Christ were there, he would have condemned the act of turning God Father's holy place to commerce.
Obidos is quite small. Visit for a half day is good. In case if you are hungry, head to Ja!mon Ja!mon which is outside the city wall. It served wonderful lunch with daily specials. We had grilled fish and ox cheek. Both main dishes were very delicious.
Ginja is a sweet cherry liquor served in small chocolate cup. It is produced within the Obidos region. Various stores along the main shopping street Rua Direita sell Ginja at the store front. So, take one before you leave Obidos.
The best way to reach Obidos from Lisbon is by bus. Express buses leave from Campo Grande (underground stations of the green and yellow line). The journey takes an hour and a single ticket costs €7.1.