I love books. For my work as a editor I am constantly busy with stories and adventures. And I love food. Good food. So what’s a better combination than traveling around in beautiful Portugal, to the small town of Óbidos and run into a store where they sell books and biological food at the same time. I immediately fell in love. Not only with the town, but also the store. Such a pity I can’t read any Portugese…
It’s pouring heavily at the moment we arrive in the literature town Óbidos. Umbrellas are flying around the streets with high speed. Even in Portugal the wind can blow pretty hard, but it seems a lot of people forgot about that. Despite the bad weather it’s pretty busy in the small streets. Tourist are walking slowly from store to store. It is pretty obvious that Óbidos is a tourist town due to all the miniature roosters, ceramics and other ‘handmade’ souvenirs you can find here. We get a short tour through town, but it’s extremely cold and I am happy with the moments we go somewhere inside. The town looks really nice and cozy, despite the grayish weather. No doubt it will be a wonderful place to go to during summertime. But for now the places inside are the comfortable places. As last part of the tour we walk up the hill to a church with a book store at the inside. A man proudly talks about the unique concept of a book store in a church. I secretly need to laugh. I bet the good old man has never been to the Dominicaner Church in Maastricht.
When we walk back to the stone gateway of town, we suddenly see the Mercado Biológico de Óbidos e Livraria. We already got the tip to visit this market, but we simply couldn’t find it. Even while the city is not that big. But after all it’s not that weird. Market is not the right name for this unique place. The store is filled up with sky high wooden bookshelved with books. Around the cash register you can find wooden crates with fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jam and other biological foods. Extremely nice to see. Meanwhile the rain even got worse and the water is falling out of the sky like small stones hitting the ground. But luckily we found a nice and comfortable shelter. It is a place I can spend hours – if you like books and good food the way I do. I can’t read a single word Portugese, but it’s still nice to look at all those books. And while the rain is slowly getting less, I walk around in the store. Such a nice place!
You can find Livraria do Mercado Biológico at Rua Direita 27 in Óbidos, close by the town Caldas da Rainha. These cities are pretty close to the coast and worth visiting if you are taking a road trip from Lissabon along the coastline of Portugal.