Obidos in Portugal is Middle Age town, nearly 90 kms distant from capital Lisbon. Nevertheless, the number of tourists who wish to visit this locality, exceed several times the number of local inhabitants. You can find it after dusk, when the town is nearly empty („evacuated“).
Obidos is popular not only thanks to its magic atmosphere, but also thanks to Middle Age Festival, taken place there each year.
Hot Portuguese blood is uniting with hot weather bull fights, football (soccer) an wild night life - all this belongs to Portugueses. On the other hand, romantic snug corners, countless churches or irresistible vanilla baskets, have the same importance.
"When you marriage me, I'll present you with all the town!" - Don Denis, one of Portuguese Kings, said. And Dona Isabel? She did not reply: „No!“, of course. She obtained Obidos.
But its was no exception at that time period. Since 1282, this town became a typical gift for brides.
Incredibly, it is still possible to travel. One of the European countries that can be easily reached without tests from Prague, but also very cheaply from Vienna, is Portugal. Low-cost airlines fly from Vienna to the Portuguese city of Faro, which lies in the beautiful Algarve region. The sandy beaches are lined with beautiful cliffs, the water is crystal clear. From Fara, the train leads to the city of Lagos, which is one of the most beautiful in the Algarve. Then you can continue by bus to the very southern tip to the picturesque town of Sagres.
Lisbon Quarter - The Park of Nations - is a demonstration of perfect European metropolis, where Expo World Exhibition was taken place in 1998. The Portugueses were so enthusiastic to get the chance to organize this event that the face of the town was completely changed.
New Vasco da Gama Bridge was open for public shortly before the exhibition starting date.
The area around the town of Beja belongs to most warmest ones in Portugal. The thermometer shows us, just for several days, the temperature higher than 40°C. Moreover, the temperature of 30°C could be noted even in the night. Nevertheless, this hot weather is very acceptable for olive-trees. The trees border a way towards small village of Serpa. The community is distant approx. 200 kms from Lisbon
Portugal is, with its area and population number, surprisingly similar to Czech Republic. Even the history of both states is not too different. So, popular town of Sintra could be compared with Karlštejn Castle. Video is presenting Sintra after dusk, relaxing after hot and busy tourist day.