Top attractions in Obidos
In 1282, King Dinis gave Isabel of Aragón the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land as a wedding present, beginning a tradition of royal patronage that lasted centuries. Prepare to be charmed by this medieval delight, aptly dubbed the "Town of the Queens."
Pass through the city's main gate, Porta da Vila, and you'll enter a well-preserved medieval world. You can also walk along the old city walls, which takes about two hours.
King Dinis, also known as the Farmer King, built this robust, medieval castle in the 13th century. It became a palace in the 16th century, and today it's a deluxe pousada.
The town's main church, with beautiful Portuguese tile work inside, was the venue for the wedding between Alfonso V and his cousin Isabel; he was 10 and she was eight.
The church's altar and tower were the only parts to survive the 1755 earthquake. The painting of St. Peter receiving the keys to heaven from Christ is from the early 18th century.
The nearly two-mile-long aqueduct near the Porta da Vila dates to the 16th century. The other two miles of the system are underground and connect to the Usseira River.
Magistrate Bernardo de Palma funded the renovation of the chapel-oratory at this city gate in 1727 as a promise to his daughter, who died in connection with a tragic love story.
Taking place every summer, this grand market celebrates the town's medieval days. There's plenty of entertainment and food, and you can even rent a costume to join in on the fun.
Óbidos is popular day-trip option for visitors to Lisbon, and it's certainly possible to see all the attractions in a day. However, consider a night's stay if you have the time.
Óbidos is one hour from Lisbon. There's frequent bus service on Rápido Verde from Lisbon's Campo Grande underground station on weekdays, but it's limited on weekends. If you travel by car, take the A8 toll highway or avoid the charge by taking alternative routes. You'll find parking outside the medieval walls, since driving in the town is for locals only. You can reach all of Óbidos' main attractions by foot.
You'll find a handful of accommodations within and outside the city walls. The castle was the country's first in the chain of pousadas, which are historical or traditional buildings that have been renovated to provide lodging around the country.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitThe months of May and October are optimal in terms of sightseeing-friendly weather, hotel pricing, and other factors. In the spring, the Portuguese hillsides will be carpeted with flowers, and in the fall, the water might still be warm enough to go for a dip!
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We were lucky enough to have a super sunny day for our tour! Joana was a lovely guide, attentive and informative. We really enjoyed our trip and were comfortable the entire time. Thank you!
We had a wonderful time on this tour. I think that trying to see 4 important sites in one day is perhaps a bit ambitious, but we thoroughly enjoyed the brief historical crash course we got at each site. And our tour guide Raquel was very knowledgeable and approachable!
This tour is great for seeing three different locales outside of Lisbon--an amazing Catholic pilgrimage site, an ocean town where the ocean creates the largest waves in the world, and a charming hill town. In fact, I'd been on this very tour before and liked it so much that I booked it again with a friend who had not been to Portugal. The two of us were the only passengers along with our guide John, who was an excellent driver and a great tour guide. He knew all the details of the areas we visited, in addition to Lisbon. He was very personable and spoke fluent English.
We are a family of four, and were so glad we booked this tour. Our tour guide was so informative, funny person, and most of all very kind Mr. Andre Feldman, He made sure our tour is relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. No rush at all, we really had the best time here in Lisbon. This tour is highly recommended. Thank You So Much Lisbon Native Tours for such effecient and reliable tour.
(November 26, 2018 Tour) - Our family of 7 thoroughly enjoyed this tour, thanks to our amazing tour guide Andre. He is the best! Andre picked us up from our Lisbon accommodation at 8AM with a van that comfortably fit 8 people in total. We were able to attend mass in Fatima, have fantastic seafood and see giant waves in Nazare, make a quick stop in beautiful Sao Martinho do Porto, and end our tour in the most charming medieval town of Obidos. This tour covers it all! We learned so much about the history and culture of Portugal. Andre is patient, passionate and knowledgeable. He speaks English (and other languages) very well. We had no difficulty understanding and communicating with him. Our family cannot say enough good things about him. We highly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for a genuine Portuguese trip. We will definitely book with this company again if we ever come back to Lisbon. Thank you, Andre! Obrigado!