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The unexpected delights of Óbidos


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We went to Óbidos for the same reason that I guess many other tourists go there, to see a spectacular castle and a walled village that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. But it was for two completely different reasons that our day there was so special…

When we first arrived, the weather was overcast and I was feeling a little tired after all the driving we’d done recently, which including a 2200 km journey from Germany. I recalled how my kids used to moan at us when we first moved to Germany, saying things like oh no, not another pretty little village, or must we go to yet another castle! Now I was the one doing the moaning, as I was simply not in the mood for more sightseeing. But soon after arriving, we stumbled across a lovely little cafe called Avocado Coffee & Healthy Food that filled me with excitement. As we’ve struggled to find vegan-friendly options since arriving here, this was an unexpected surprise that lifted our spirits! The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere friendly and relaxing. It’s amazing how a good cafe can make you feel so much better!  

We then continued walking and discovered a book exchange run by Silver Coast Volunteers. Situated near the entrance to the walled village, this friendly place was packed with second-hand books that, as far as I could see, were all in English and neatly arranged in alphabetical order so that it was easy to find what we were looking for! We didn’t have any books to exchange, so we made a donation to some of the good causes they support and left with a couple of novels that I look forward to reading when we’re relaxing in the Algarve next week!

We then strolled around the village, enjoying the atmosphere, the old buildings and the beautiful setting. I was so pleased that my wife encouraged me to visit this place, even though I didn’t feel like it to start with! 😀 

Well, that’s it for now, I hope these recommendations help!

Enjoy your weekend!

Chris

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Thanks Chris, v interesting! Being a vegetarian, never mind vegan, is um, challenging in Portugal so when you come across a good place to eat you really relish it!

I haven’t been to Obidos yet, it is on my list and always good to get a personal impression of a place. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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@aspidistra I agree with you. We were in Lisbon yesterday and quickly found a great vegan restaurant where we had an amazing Cesar salad followed by a scrumptious chocolate pudding. It reminded us of how much we have struggled and it made us wonder whether we could afford to live in Lisbon!

Many thanks for your reply!

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@chrisrobo May I ask where do you live now in Lisbon or you just visiting PT?

We in a process of looking in to all the info to help to make decision on the location since we are vegan/ plant based as well.

Thanks, Mila

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@dance

Hi Mila, we are only visiting Portugal at the moment and don’t live here yet. We have found excellent vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants in Lisbon and Lagos, as well as the occasional surprise restaurant in some of the smaller towns and villages. Some of the supermarkets offer a good selection of vegan products, and of course you can always get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables from the markets. It’s been a bit of a struggle for us, especially in some of the coastal fishing towns and villages, but I’ve seen it get much better for vegans in England and Germany over recent years, and I am hopeful the same is happening in Portugal too.

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@chrisrobo Thank you for your reply. I hope it would get more publicity and get easy in the near future to find vegan food. Enjoy PT!

Mila.

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