Castelo de Óbidos
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The Pousada do Castelo de Óbidos is located in Vila de Óbidos and is one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. This Pousada is of enormous historical importance and includes medieval features from the 9th century.
The castle was given as a wedding present by King D. Dinis to Queen Santa Isabel during their wedding that took place on site. This castle is one of the most impressive and romantic sites you can visit.
It includes common areas such as the restaurant and Castelo bar. Don't forget the impressive esplanade together with the reception.
At the Pousada de Óbidos you can choose to stay in the castle and have an authentic medieval experience or stay in the Casa do Castelo (located right next to the castle), where you will have an experience closer to that of living in town.
The Castle offers 3 suites located in the tower which afford a unique experience. The remaining 5 rooms are small, as a result of the layout of the castle itself.
In 1951, when the Pousada de Óbidos moved into the Castelo da Medieval Vila de Óbidos, Pousadas de Portugal hotels began to make use of Registered Historical Sites, adapting them and launching a new model for using and restoring Historic Portuguese Buildings under the direction of architect João Filipe Vaz Martins.
The sixteenth century court built in the late Gothic Manueline style, located in the castle's north wing, was built by D. João de Noronha, Conde de Dijon and Alcaide da Vila, at the beginning of the 16th century.
When D. Afonso Henriques' army tried to surround the town, on a night of rest, a woman asked to speak to the king to tell him her dream. This dream sent a message to D. Afonso Henriques to gather his soldiers and mount a surprise attack on the castle's border while the leader was to take 10 men to the back where a young man would open a door for them to enter and Óbidos would thus be promised to the Christians. The next day, Óbidos was conquered. Today, you can still visit the famous Porta da Traição (Gate of the Betrayal), inside the castle.