Óbidos, this beautiful village, is undoubtedly one of the jewels of the West. A fortified place. Once a stage of battles, today, it makes an invitation to visit. Óbidos its toponymy does not originate from OPPIDUM, as the double pp cannot be converted into B of Óbidos. Over time and years and also the people with the way we speak, that took OPPIDUM to Óbidos, because at that time there were no Germanic peoples in that region, so everything suggests that it was the people who ended up dictating that it would be Óbidos.
But it is also known for being the Vila das Rainhas. It was a noble village, and was part of the Queens' gifts. The first queen was D. Urraca, who had her in dowry, later on she always went from queen to queen until the 1755 earthquake. Óbidos suffered many damages, but it was precisely after this earthquake that the warm waters of Caldas da Rainha were accidentally found. .
It was Queen Santa Isabel who gave the charter to Caldas da Rainha and disaggregated it from Óbidos, but this story is for another moment.
The village of Óbidos fell with the entry of Liberalism in Portugal, that is, the French Invasions that devastated the country, and the gradual loss of Brazil that financed our country and, to aggravate the peninsular wars that further weakened our finances and stability.
Óbidos then becomes a ghost town… the convents were emptied, the goods sold. There was no soul in those streets. It was tourism that came to revitalize that village, more precisely in the 1930s.