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Ringed by medieval walls, the hill-top town of Obidos with its Moorish castle was recaptured by the first king of Portugal, D.Afonso Henriques, in 1148 and from then until 1883 it became the property of the queens of Portugal.São Miguel is the largest island of the Azores and is known as “The Green Island” while Pico is home to the highest mountain in Portugal.
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But a new Governor-General, Lord Dufferin, turned public opinion and saved the fortifications for posterity.
From 1509 Taroudant was the capital city of the Saadi dynasty of Morocco, until they moved on to Marrakech.
One of its six gates leads straight up to the Gothic cathedral which is a virtual fortress fixed to the wall.
The city was the birthplace of Saint Teresa of Avila, a prominent Carmelite nun and mystic.