All the way to Portugal to attend one of the best medieval festivals in Europe
Since we discovered medieval festivals we have developed a particular liking to visiting places where we knew a medieval fair or festival was going on. Up to now, these were all nearby in Tuscany but at the end of July we all of a sudden found ourselves in Portugal, in Óbidos to be more precise, at one of the most beautiful medieval fairs in Europe – how did we end up here?
It is all started a year ago at the Volterra medieval festival when we started talking to the members of La Giostra after their show. They began to tell us about their summer tour in Portugal, how beautiful the country was, how everything was very affordable and, above all, about the special care and attention they paid to the recreation of a medieval festival and about the Óbidos fair in particular. They made us really want to see it for ourselves.
Once we learned that this summer La Giostra would be once again returning to Óbidos, and so would the Barbarian Pipe Band [www.barbarianpipeband.com], the decision to go was fairly easy to take. These are the two musical groups we like the best from the ones we’ve seen at the fairs we’ve gone so far and we really wanted to see what this fair looked like.
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