FESTIVAL DEL CHOCOLATE EN PORTUGAL
Because we are very sweet people ;-) we cannot miss the opportunity to tell you about the fantastic Chocolate Festival of Abidos, in Portugal, an international event that brings together thousands of sweets from all over the world every year! This year, 2017, will be held from March 10 to April 2, aperfect opportunity to enjoy getting to know the area and spend a very pleasant time with family (surely the children do not put glues to go to a Chocolate Festival!).
Every March-April, the streets of this beautiful medieval villa are imbued with a very special aroma and cakes and chocolates take to the streets to the delight of all its visitors. A delicious, fun and educational experience as fantastic workshops and courses are also held for all ages and levels, special activities for the little ones, contests, bodypainting, concerts and exhibitions of chocolate sculptures, among other things.
It is about 75 km from Lisbon, also offers other charms and, being a relatively small city, you can take advantage and see all the tourist attractions in just a few hours. You will be able to see beautiful tiled facades with white and blue tiles, very typical of the area, such as porta da Vila,the main gateway to .bidos, or its white houses decorated with yellow and blue stripes, to scare away evil spirits. We also recommend you to see its famous aqueduct (there are the largest... but this one is intact!) or take a walk to the Igreja de Santa Maria,where King Alfonso V married his cousin Isabel when they were only 10 and 8 years old respectively! Yes gentlemen, and if you like to talk a lot about stories, advances, etc. what to say that as an anecdote it is priceless :-(.
To the wealthiest we recommend spending the night in the beautiful Castle of Abidos,where you will feel Kings and Queens for a day! It is the most luxurious historical Pousada (dates from the 12th century) in Portugal, a National Monument and, since July 2007, one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. You can check prices, etc. here.
And if it is very cool, to finish off the visit (only for the elderly), you can try the most typical drink of the region, ginja de Obidos,a sweet liqueur based on cherries that in many establishments is served in small chocolate cups, which can be eaten after drinking.
NOTE: All the photos used in this post have been extracted from the Facebook page of the International Chocolate Festival of Obidos,except the photo of Porta da Vila that is from Flickr and to see the rest of the photos of the artist you only have to click on it. In any case, if anyone wanted us to remove any of the photos, they just contact us ;-).