“A visit to Óbidos“ / Serra do Bouro, Portugal (Day 53)

Portugal, Serra do Bouro

It’s been a while since I posted new things on my blog. Actually, it’s been a month since my last entry. Many things happened and I have tons of photos, so hopefully I will do a selection soon and publish it here, so I can share my experience with you. I’ve got a visit couple of weeks ago from Slovenia, by lovely Brina and Goran and we had a great time, and today I was expecting a new visit but the flight has been canceled due to the protests on the French airport. So because of that I’ve decided I will go on a short trip and visit this amazing medieval town Óbidos, so I can relax my mind once again and explore the amazing Portugal.

I had no problems finding Óbidos, because it’s well visible from far away and everything is marked well by the signs in Portugal. So I’ve parked my car somewhere close and walked towards the old town Óbidos (you can’t enter the town with a car). Walking through the town reminded me of French city Avignon – beautiful stone streets and cute little houses with lovely flowers and small shops and cafes.

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The most amazing antique bookshop I have ever seen! And they also sell fresh fruits there, what a perfect combination!

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I’ve noticed lot’s of souvenirs with male genitalia. I had no idea what was that all about. Is there something I should know about Óbidos? I didn’t have much chance to study everything about this place.

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Óbidos is surrounded by the great ancient wall which protected the place in the past. Now it’s still there in very good condition and you can walk on it and explore the town and surroundings from it. But be careful: there’s no fence and it’s quite tall and narrow path, which was kind of scary for me because I have a fear of highs. But I managed to get the courage and started to climb on it and decided I will go all the way around.

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View on the other side of the wall – I was imagining guards from the medieval time guarding the town and looking around the lands. They had a great visible view, that’s for sure!

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It was windy so at some moments I grabed the stones and waited for the wind to pass, because I was too scared to continue. I know, it’s ridiculous, but I’m happy I did it and continue my journey.

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Some holes found in the wall.

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On some parts the walls come very close together and you can see on the other side.

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So after I circled the whole town (it took me around 2 hours) I continued my walk through the town and I had a coffee in the lovely small coffee shop in the middle of the town. Then I’ve looked on the map to think about what am I going to explore next and I’ve decided I will find a lake nearby, which I found on the map. It was this:

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It looked like it’s just 10 km from Óbidos and so I’ve decided to visit it and have a picnic.

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When I was getting closer I realized that the roads are becoming strange and they weren’t paved anymore. And suddenly I was surrounded by the huge herd of sheep. That was a sign for me that something is fishy, but after the sheep went away I continued my journey to find a lake.

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There was no lake!!! The picture above shows the location which is painted as a lake on the map. I have no idea why did google maps lie to me, but there was just cows and random animals. The land was beautiful, so I wasn’t too disappointed, but I was wondering if this worm weather started to mix the mind of google. The car thermometer showed 40°C (104 F).

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But later on I found a small river. That was it. Still no lake.

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I don’t know if I already mentioned, but all the town names are written on ceramic plates, isn’t that beautiful?

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I was exploring the area of Vau municipality. It’s pure and natural, very beautiful. And I love the name.

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While I was exploring the nature, I realized that I can see Óbidos in all it’s glory on top of the hill.

I was glad that I’ve decided to visit Óbidos. It’s a small little town who reminds me of southern France a lot. Even though it’s quite touristic I still managed to find some spots where I could relax and enjoyed the beauty of medieval times.

That’s it for now, I still enjoy Portugal as much as the first day when I arrived here and I hope I will discover more amazing places. The weather is still hot and I jump to the ocean almost every day. Priceless. I want to live by the sea. That’s a fact.

Soon,

Valerie

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