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Caldas da Rainha and Obidos

An historical route of about 110km, personally prepared, through picturesque roads with almost no traffic. Caldas da Rainha is one of the cities of the West, founded in 1511, known by the art of decorative ceramic pottery and its Thermal Hospital. Its fame comes from 1484, due to the passage of Queen Leonor, wife of John II of Portugal, through Caldas da Rainha on the road from Obidos to Batalha.

In Caldas da Rainha, we selected a visit to the Fábrica de Faianças (Caldas da Rainha Ceramic Factory) which become famous by the works of Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro. With a walk of about 400mt, we can cross the Thermal Hospital Park D. Carlos I, with its beautiful garden and its lake, where you can ride a boat. Also within the park, we can visit the José Malhoa Museum, a person of enormous faculties and artistic quality and see many of its works. In Caldas da Rainha, we can still visit its traditional shops in the well known “ Rua das Montras” as well as a daily open-air market, where small local producers of vegetables and fruits, sell their products in the known "Praça da Fruta”.

We began then a trip to Obidos, a land of charms and Queens, where the beauty of its castle walls and of Obidos Castle itself, which was built in the XII century and classified as a national monument, require a mandatory visit.

There we can go up, and walk all over the castle walls, that have about a 1.600mt perimeter, visit its beautiful decorated streets, its local trade shops and traditional bars where taking a Ginjinha de Obidos is mandatory! In Obidos there are restaurants and cafes where you can have a more elaborate meal or a simple snack.

With the increasing demand of Obidos as mandatory tourist destination in the world, many locals invested in chariots and electric vehicles, that can be easily rented for a guided tour inside and outside the walls.

Being near the Atlantic Ocean, before returning again to the Casa da Serra, we prepared a small route to the Obidos Lagoon, where we can enjoy a paradise landscape, both in the lagoon as in its connection to the Atlantic Ocean, to take some pictures of the sunset, for later recall.

* This itinerary can be done in a self-guided way with a GPS available from Casa da Serra.

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