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“In-human.”
Review of Vila Natal

Vila Natal
Ranked #14 of 18 things to do in Obidos
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

Just awful.

We went there in hope to spend 1h at the Vila Natal fair on a Sunday. The city of Óbidos was teeming with parents and their children in strollers, you literally couldn't get through by them. The only escape was to go to the city walls and take some air.

And the organisation of the Vila Natal in Óbidos, ugh... In the line for ticket purchase (where only 3 people worked) there was a 2 kilometre line of people waiting to buy them, I think some of the people would never enter the village, standing there for more than 3 hourse... I think it's a massive organisational fail - to have only 1 stand with tickets and to make people wait so much is inhuman.

So we thought we'd bypass the system as we purchased our tickets online. But no. This gets better. We couldn't present them to the people letting the customers in the village on our phone (even though it had a QR code and a bar code) but we had to go back to the ticket purchase stand to another line where people waited for their tickets to be printed. I've never seen such a thing - everyone in Portugal has a machine that checks your tickets and these people need a paper? What's even sadder is the fact that people with printed tickets also needed to take the original tickets at the stand. So, what's the point of buying tickets online?

We said no thanks and went home.

Don't go to Óbidos while this takes place.

4  Thank Maja B
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

The village is wonderful, but a bit too crowded. Lots of tourists during the day, . Very well preserved. It was great to walk in the old streets with the children

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

... but you'd expect that. There's so much to see and do, our 2 small children never got bored or impatient. Can't wait for this year to return!

Thank Sakarah
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

If you want to visit Obidos for Obidos - and you definitely should! - please pick another time. The Christmas Village is a good idea, if you don't mind waiting in multiple lines for hours you may even have fun, but it just takes away from the charm of the village.

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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Many lights abound and Christmas tree displays decorated by school children, but overall the setting is a bit off as we all know that in medieval times, no electricity existed, so...
Worth visiting if you have small children and understand Portuguese. There's also a play about Christmas (separate fee) so plan ahead if wanting to attend.

1  Thank Nuno M
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