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Casa Lidador – Óbidos Pousada

Quarto na Casa Lidador - Óbidos

Although the most recent of the three Óbidos pousadas, Casa Lidador, which was inaugurated in 2019, actually has a much longer history. It was here, in 1940, that the Pousadas de Portugal prototype was studied and devised, creating a multitude of accommodation ideas that have been applied in various parts of the country.

Piscina da Casa Lidador - Óbidos

“It was a normal house, which inspired a number of projects for other pousadas”, highlights Catarina Fernandes, assistant manager. Known as a “pedagogical hotel”, the Estalagem do Lidador, as it was known, only recently began receiving guests, after major refurbishment and years abandoned.

The current name continues to pay tribute to the knight Gonçalo Mendes da Maia, the Leader (lidador) of Afonso Henriques’s Kingdom, who also lends his name to other places in the village.

Tucked away in a quiet street within the Óbidos walls, and away from the busy Rua Direita, it actually looks more like a tourist rental than a hotel. There’s no reception (check-in is done at the Castelo Óbidos Pousada), and it operates on a room only basis, without breakfast but with a fully equipped kitchen that is shared by all the guests. Facilities include a dishwasher, cooker, fridge and coffee machine.

“It’s like being at home,” says Fernandes. There’s a total of 11 rooms (superior, family and suites), as well as a kitchen, living room and communal dining table, where it’s common to find fruit, coffee and biscuits.

Interestingly, this pousada can also be booked in its entirety, which gives guests exclusive use of the facilities. “The building can be booked from a minimum of seven rooms,” the assistant manager continues. “The pousada is exclusively for the group, which is good for families, friends or a party.”

Out of season, it only opens on request. However, when the weather is good, it’s one of the most appealing of the three pousadas in Óbidos, being the only one with an outdoor pool. “It’s very sheltered, so you don’t notice the wind much.”

Piscina da Casa Lidador - Óbidos

Casa Lidador-Óbidos

A house in the center of Óbidos that can be rented in its entirety, by groups or families.

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