Western Region

Formed by the counties of Alenquer, Arruda dos Vinhos, Bombarral, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Lourinhã, Óbidos, Peniche, Rio Maior, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Torres Vedras, they stand united by a common heritage, forged in centuries of vineyard tending, together with a strong attachment to the land and the ocean. The Man of the West carries in himself the ancestral traces of the northern people - mostly Celts - and also southern Phoenicians, but mainly Romans and Berber moor heritages. At the crossroad of these cultures, a tradition of ever permanent willingness to socialize and welcome other people took root, leading to an hospitality that is the hallmark of the Western Region.

The Western Region is rich in all sorts of places to visit, like Museums and Nature, with a special mention to the Serra dos Candeeiros Natural Reserve, the Berlenga Island Natural Reserve and the Serra de Montejunto Park. Health and Fitness tourism is also covered with plenty of offers like the Vimeiro, Cucos and Caldas da Rainhas Thermal Springs.
Beautiful beaches of fine sand, handicraft, a rich gastronomy, golf, hipic centers, leisure port and radical sports, complete the array of offerings the Western Region has for the prospective visitor.

The close proximity of Lisbon as well as the strategic position regarding other urban centers contextualized the growth and the modernity of the Western Region.
Highways A8 (Lisboa – Leiria), A15 (Óbidos – Santarém), A23 (to Spain) and IP 6 (to Peniche), turn the travel to the West extremely easy and pleasing.
Two international airports, Lisbon and Oporto, connect the West to every European greater center.

Obidos Town

The Portuguese Museum Village, capital of the concelho (county) since the immemorial times of the formation of the Portuguese Kingdom, is 78km north of Lisbon, it has 11.000 inhabitants and occupy na area of 146 km2. The largest part of Lagoa de Óbidos, a beautiful place to visit and enjoy, is included in its jurisdiction. It has privileged road accesses through highways A8 and A15.

Óbidos can be defined as a Medieval Village. An original museum kindly preserved, with imposing and protective walls, sinuous roads, white typical settlements with windows beautifully underscored by colourful flowers and inside the walls that have a perimeter close to 2 km. At each step, the reminiscing of the royal court. Óbidos stands timeless, but full of soul and legacy. Like a closed, treasured coffer, immune to the impious stares of each passing age. In Óbidos the acceptable is defined just by what makes sense, what can be used to explain the past. Stories that happen to be History. Because Óbidos expects to be what it always has been: A living memory.

Since the dawn of times that Óbidos grew in the fertile edge of the lagoon and served as home to different peoples like Celts, Romans, Visigoths and the Berber moors. Founded in 308 B.C., it was conquered by the moors in 01-11-1148, this village was a privileged stage in History, arts and literature of this country. Once “Queen’s gift” Óbidos is nowadays a rare jewel that each one of us should enjoy, help and preserve.

Rua D. João de Ornelas, 2510-074 Óbidos – Portugal
(+351) 262 955 090

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