Between 18 July and 4 August, the XVIII edition of the Medieval Market of Óbidos takes place, open from Thursday to Sunday at the siege of Óbidos Castle.
Realized where once would have been the training ground of squires and knights at the service of El Rei, it is now transformed into an immense village that invokes the customs of the medieval peoples, having as last themes the Fear in the Middle Ages or the Importance of Water, but this year being the Fire.
This is an event of enormous community interest, where all the work and dedication of the cultural, sporting and recreational associations and IPSS (Private Social Solidarity Institutions) of the municipality of Óbidos are visible, working immensely to give visitors a rich and varied program , and giving opportunity to actors, jugglers, fire manipulators and singers to show their arts in this bash.
Between parties and parties, come and be part of the history in the Medieval Market, which will surely enchant you with its fire shows, theater, craftsmen, horseback tournaments, fights and many others.
In Portugal during the Middle Ages, except for periods of greater economic difficulties or natural disasters, food was reasonable and sufficient for the time in question. The main meals of the day would be dinner and supper. At the end of the fourteenth century it was dinner between 10 and 11 am and supper would be around six or seven in the afternoon, near dusk.
The delicacies and flavors appropriate to the time will be provided to the Medieval Market by the communities of the Municipality of Óbidos, following the rules that limit the products that can be used at the time.
The first Portuguese coins would have been produced during the reign of D. Afonso Henriques after he was recognized as King by the Pope in 1179. These coins would have been produced from bolhão, an alloy of copper and silver.
As in other years, the Medieval Market coined the Turret, presenting a new collection to fill the bags of those who will circulate there. Coins of half, one, two, five and ten Turrets.
The coin was minted with precious metal, carved on one side with the castle of three towers and on another the value of the turret.
The currency exchange will be made at the information point or at the exchange office, with the symbol of the turret marking it.
At Medieval Night you will have the opportunity to experience a unique experience integrated in the Medieval Market of Óbidos, dress up at the time, walk the medieval streets, watch the tournament and enjoy the meal while watching the shows.
The price range will be from Thursday to Sunday, with an entry price of € 19.90 for children between the ages of 3 and 11 and € 49.90 over the age of 12.
This price includes Event Entry, Costume, Place booked in the tournament and Medieval Supper.
The mill that was in the field, where the peasants were to take the cereal and wait for its meal, was a meeting place. The monks were begging, prostitutes were prowling around them, and crafts were the main source of commodity production, and the 11th century commercial and urban renaissance was built.
The craftsman developed a trade, such as baker, carpenter, blacksmith, among others, and were attached to guilds (associations) to ensure defense and development and having fairly tight rules.
The merchant was the social element that was at the center of the relations that were realized in the commercial spaces of the boroughs, being responsible for the purchase of products from other places and to put them up for sale at fairs.
How To Get There
There is a few ways to get to Obidos from Lisbon, here are some of them:
- Book a tour with us and get to Óbidos with confort with one of our very talented guides;
- By car ride, go in the A8 in the direction of Leiria, leaving the highway on exit 15. The travel time should be between 40 to 50 minutes;
- By bus, there are direct bus ride from Lisbon to Óbidos.