Obidos is one of the most popular and most known tourist destinations in Portugal. Very short distance from Lisbon (1h approx), Obidos is one of the most interesting medieval villages in the country.
Obidos has been inhabited for ages since the early Celt tribes, and also Phoenicians. Further research found evidence of Roman presence in this region of Obidos. After the Roman Empire collapse, the area was dominated by the Visigoths, and the Moorish took over after the 8th century A.C., who established the fortification on top of the hill.
Finally, once Portugal became an independent country, the village of Obidos was conquered to the Moors by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1148. Since then, the village turned to be known as the village of the Queens, being given often as a wedding gift to them by their husbands, the Portuguese Kings.
Today Obidos is a very nice, fortified/walled village, with a lot of little shops where visitors can stroll and visit around. It also features several old churches, and also the castle area, turned today into a luxury 5-star boutique hotel (Pousada de Obidos), totally recommended for someone who wishes something special.
There is also a special event every year in July, called the Medieval Market of Obidos, which shows for almost a month, a recreation of the old medieval times, with multiple events happening, old food stalls, knights, fights, and much more for visitors entertainment!
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