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Inside the fortified walls of Óbidos there is plenty to see
A former castle converted into a Pousada hotel, a Chocolate Festival and a Medieval Market plus a Literary Village and programs full of baroque music and opera...all to be found in Óbidos, an hours drive from Lisbon. This medieval town was built around the castle and has tremendous views, white washed painted houses and cobblestone pathways that lead you around the city. You can also go up and walk around the walls of this medieval village that is amazingly well preserved. In every café place, inside the walls, it is a tradition to have a chocolate cup of “ginjinha”, cherry liquor that you can drink with or without the cherries and then eat the chocolate cup. Taken back from the Arabs in 1148 by Portugal's first King D. Afonso Henriques, it has served as a palace for most of the Portuguese queens or as a strategic defense point for the Knights Templar. It is worth of a visit any time of year.
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