We reached the Castle grounds where the Medieval Festivities would be held by early afternoon and were almost immediately impressed by the way people were dressed and the whole area decorated as in accordance with the main theme of the fair - The Saint Queen Dona Isabel, whom King Dom Dinis is said to have donated Torres Novas together with the ownership of the churches and rights therewith associated in 1304. The 32 years that followed under her protection are said to have benefited from her sainthood and the good deeds that were known to and witnessed by many.
It was under this "magic" spell that we wandered about the various stalls selling products of the region which ranged from convent cakes, cookies and liqueurs to handicraft shoes and embroideries of all sorts ...
... but there were also demonstrations of crafts, some of which children and adults were allowed to try, as well as games of the epoch.
Medieval songs could be heard in various places within the premises of the Castle and at the main city Square in which several musicians and singers participated. We were particularly impressed with the voice of one of the female singers and an harp musician.
(To be continued)