Azulejo gate entering Óbidos, Portugal. The earthenware tiles date from the Moors. The Moors, Romans and others occupied this area over the years until 1148 when the first king of Portugal conquered the city.
The charming town has a population of about 12,000 and figured prominently in the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Portugal.
Ginja samples were sold all over town. It is a Portuguese liqueur made from sour cherries. Tourists have been known to sample one too many of the tasty drink.
Ginja, the real secret of kings.
Lots of cute, little shops were scattered about the town with flowers and plantings in abundance.
The Church of St. Peter. Dating from about the 14th century, it was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and later rebuilt.
The Santa Maria church dating from the 12th century. In 1441, it was the site of the marriage of Afonso and his cousin Isabel, the future king and queen of Portugal. They were ten and eight at the time.
Entrance to one of the many interesting shops of Obidos.
Obidos is a walled city complete with its own castle. The walls and castle underwent a restoration in the 14th century. By that time, the town had grown beyond the original walls.
Concluding our short visit to Obidos, we passed through the town's walls and traveled on to a seaside resort.
Next, we visited the town of Nazaré, a very popular summer resort. We viewed the town from above to start and the dense, beach housing was very evident.
Nazaré has one of Portugal's best beaches and, in 2011, surfer, Garrett McNamara, surfed a 78 foot wave here.
We walked along this street and then went a few streets inland for an excellent sea bass lunch at a seafood restaurant. The fish had been caught a day earlier.
It's a beautiful beach with multicolored cliffs nearby—it must be a beautiful spot in the summer.
The Nazaré funicular, connecting lower and upper towns.