From Evora, our first stop was the castle of Almourol,
a medieval castle (actually quite small) atop the islet of Almourol in the middle of the Tagus River. The castle was part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar and true to its nature, we were unable to get to it. There seemed to be a boat that would take you over, but after about 30 minutes of standing around and no boat, we decided to move on.
Our next stop was the classic Portuguese fortified town of Obidos in a very picturesque location. Obidos has everything you would think of in a small walled in town, from the narrow cobbled streets, to the quaint houses and the medieval castle. We thought it would be best to first climb to the top of the city walls (if you are looking for safe handrails, even footing and level walking, this is not it) before we sampled the cherry liquor (served from street stalls in chocolate cups for 1E) that the town / region is famous for. It was nice wandering the streets, but we couldn’t go into the castle (now a hotel) and there were a lot of other tourists crowding the streets, including an oriental lady who asked us if we had seen a guy in a stripped shirt. We replied, “No, have you lost one?”, it’s a small place, she’d find him eventually.
After a quick lunch at the Arco da Cadeia (rather exhausting watching the server run up and down to the plaza above to deliver Sangrias) we headed out to our next destination, Nazare. Nazare is a seaside resort which is famous for the world record largest wave to ever be surfed, 80 feet!! Of course when we were there, it was amazingly calm and not a single surfer in sight. Oh well. We walked along the beach and headed over to check out the funicular. At the base of it was
this small local bar/resturant where these bowls with a strange mound of something vaguely animal was out front; it turned out to be barnacles. And locals would just grab one and eat it; we were not that brave. We headed back to the beach and stopped at a tiki bar for a beer. Not much else to see here except beach and (non-existent) waves and a “living fish museum”, so we headed out to our next destination and stop for the night, Pedra D’Ouro.