Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 29 - Day in Obidos

Day 29 - September 29, 2013

Since the weather was going to be gloomy, we decided to make a day of it in Obidos which is located about an hour and 10 minutes north of Lisbon. This was going to be our last day trip in Portugal. It's a medieval, walled town consisting of small churches, restaurants, artisan shops, and 18 actual residents.

The medieval town of Obidos

The outer wall and fortress

One of the towers

Entrance to the town

There are winding streets that go up and down hills through the main center of the town where all the tourists are,  and a residential area with picturesque houses all within the walls.  If you were to walk the perimeter walls, it would take you about 2 hours. 

Music playing as you enter

The winding tiled streets

Colorful parks

Vibrant flowers on trees
Unique shop interiors

Artistic store front signage

Peculiar book store with a vegetable stand in the background  
Ancient structures

Churches of days gone by

Detailed church facades

After spending a few hours exploring the town, we found out that the restaurant we wanted to go to was located outside the town walls.  It was about a 15 minute walk, up and down steps to get there.
Had some photo opportunities of  Obidos along the way. 

The surrounding countryside

Homes nestled around the town

The Cathedral of Santu├írio do Senhora da Pedro  

The magnificent alter

After walking to the restaurant we were upset to find out it was closed.  Figures!!  We came upon another restaurant down the way from it called O Caldeirao that had some interesting dishes listed on the menu.  It was a quaint little place and the food was great.  I had the Portuguese sirloin steak with potatoes, and it was cooked to perfection.  Terry ordered the fried cod and was not disappointed.

We finished our wonderful meal and started our walk back to the town to catch the bus back to Lisbon.  When we arrived at the bus terminal in Campo Grande, Lisbon, Terry wanted to get a picture of  Jose Alvalade Stadium.

It was time to get back to the apartment to do some laundry before packing up.  We are leaving tomorrow for San Sebastian and visiting Obidos was a pleasant day to end our stay in Portugal.

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