Medieval Fair of Obidos
Mercado Medieval de Óbidos
12.07 - 05.08.2018
Obidos (Oeste, Region Centro)
hundreds of historical reenactors, artists, living interpreters and extras, fully dressed in medieval costumes, animate the town’s streets portraying several medieval characters in a unique setting located next to a beautful and well-preserved castle, which hosts jousting tournaments, on horse and on foot, medieval dinners and a colourful and majestic medieval market...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Obidos is a town located in the Oeste Subregion, in the historical province of Estremadura. Obidos was originally a fortified Roman settlement, becoming a military stronghold under the Arabs, reconquested by the Christians in 1148. The Castle and city walls were repeatedly repaired and expanded over the years.
Event description and programme
Each July Óbidos Castle hosts a traditional Medieval Market. For two weeks the castle and the town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. Hundreds of entertainers and stall holders accurately dressed as merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers enliven the streets. Visitors can visit a traditional crafts fair and watch various representations of street minstrels, ancient games and music, duels, skirmishes and tournaments of knights, up to the most dramatic episodes of war and pestilence, which encouraged superstitions, prayers and incantations. Dozens of taverns and stalls are scattered aroung the city, completing the medieval atmosphere with traditional food and drinks by ancient recipes.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Mercado Medieval event official webpages
Obidos Town Council
Óbidos Patrimonium E.E.M., Largo de São Pedro, 2510-086 Óbidos, Portugal
Tel.: +351 262 955 560; +351 262 955 560 | Fax: +351 262 955 524
Image: Mercado Medieval de Obidos
Text sources: Mercado Medieval de Obidos, Obidos Town Council, Visit Portugal, Wikipedia
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