The first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, laid siege to the Óbidos castle for two months, but the moorish population resisted his attack. One moonless night, a beautiful lady came down from the castle to speak to the king. She told him that, even though she lived in the castle, she was not moorish. And that she had a recurrent dream she had to fulfill. The king was to attack the castle’s main door. At the same time, he would send a small group of soldiers to the back. There, the lady would leave an open door to let them in. Their surprise attach would secure the victory of the Portuguese troops.
The king of Portugal feared falling into a trap. But something about the lady’s demeanor convinced him to adopt her plan. The next day, the castle back door was indeed open and the Portuguese conquered Óbidos. The king looked everywhere for the beautiful lady, but she had vanished.
The castle of Óbidos was converted into a beautiful historical hotel. After entering though the front door, the one the king attacked, you find a romantic place with wonderful views of the countryside. One of the best views is just outside a door painted red. It is the door the lady left open.
In the dining room two beautiful windows, the sun and moon windows, give us a choice between seeing the sunset and the moonrise. This choice between astral spectacles is one of the many enchanting details that makes a stay at the pousada so memorable.
The pousada is the perfect place to stay at Óbidos. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated like royalty in a medieval town?
Click here for the Pousadas’ website and here for more photos of the Óbidos Pousada.
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Óbidos is a beautiful walled city that takes you back a number of century. We visited when we lived there and loved it. Sure would like to see it again now that I know this story.
This is a beautiful post. I didn’t get to stay in Óbidos when we lived in Portugal, but I hope to get there when we return.
It is wonderful to wake up in a medieval castle.
We did stay in Curia several times. That was beautiful, too.
Óbidos is really a charming village and I would really enjoy to stay in the Pousada some time. Is on my wishing list for years.
Enjoyed reading about Obidos as we just went there (and to Nazare) day before yesterday. What treasures you possess here in Portugal! Thank you.
Great to hear you are enjoying your trip!