Things to do in Obidos

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Obidos is a town in Portugal, in the district of Leiria. It has a population of approximately 6,000 inhabitants and is located near the Serra da Estrela (Serra da Estrela) mountain range and the district capital, Penamacor. Obidos possesses numerous archeological monuments with various styles from the Middle Ages.

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Convento dos Capuchos

Convento dos Capuchos

The Convent of Capuchos is a 16th-century building located in the town of Obidos, Portugal. It was originally constructed by Franciscan monks as a convent in 1560. In 1650 a new church was established on an adjacent site by Jose de Almada, replacing an older chapel dating from 1508. The existing church is built on a Latin cross floor plan and has a Renaissance-style facade incorporating several ruined columns. Inside there are two 18th-century altarpieces (retable) with Baroque paintings, statues and gilded woodwork. Also noteworthy are the ceiling frescoes by Francisco de Oliveira and the “Aurora” ceiling piece by Baltasar Gomes.

Serra d’Obidos

The Serra d’Obidos is a mountain range within the Serra do Caramulo, in northern Portugal. It is composed of numerous rocky peaks covered by laurisilva forest, especially on the north-facing slopes. The highest point in this range is the Cabeça Pão de Açúcar (English: Sugarloaf Peak), which rises to an elevation of . There are several medieval ruins in this mountain area, including an abandoned chapel with an altar dating from 1540.

Cachoeira das Furnas


The Cachoeira das Furnas is a waterfall within the Serra do Caramulo mountains, in northern Portugal. It is situated within an area of primary forest, ancient forest and laurisilva vegetation, making it an important nature reserve. This area is conserved and managed by the Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) as part of the “Parque Natural da Serra do Caramulo”. The waterfall itself is high and cascades into a gorge running between two rocky cliffs. The surrounding area has been designated a protected landscape since 1989.

Azulejaria


Azulejaria is an archaeological site in the civil parish of Obidos (São Pedro), municipality of Obidos, in the central subregion of District of Leiria, Portugal. This location was inhabited in prehistoric times, and later became fortified by Celtic tribes. The area acquired its name from a type of ceramic (azulejo) that was produced and exported to places like Rome. The proximity to the Tagus River and the region’s strategic position, allowed it to be occupied until modern times. It was in this region that several battles were fought, including the Battle of Ourique, where Afonso Henriques established the Portuguese Kingdom.

Penhas Douradas

Penhas Douradas


Penhas Douradas is a civil parish (freguesia) of the municipality of Obidos, district of Leiria. The population in 2011 was 304, in an area of 18.88 km². It includes several settlements and localities such as: Arrais do Rei (Arais do Rei), Vale de Água (Vale d’Agua) and Fonte da Figueira (Fontes da Figueira). The name Penhas Douradas is derived from the abundant pine forests that once covered the region.

Castelo (Obidos)

Castelo (Obidos)


The Castelo d’Obidos is a medieval castle situated in the civil parish of São Pedro (Obidos), municipality of Obidos, in the central subregion of District of Leiria, Portugal.

Calvário de São Pedro

Calvário de São Pedro


The Calvário de São Pedro is a castle-fortress located in Obidos, Portugal. It was built by King John I sometime around 1420 on an elevated site near the village’s main church and cemetery.

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