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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.
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- The 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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Our family of four adults (Dad, Mom, two young adults) had a wonderful day with Paula Brito from Lisbon Point driving us from Lisbon to Obidos and onto Nazare! She was friendly and knowledgable and so flexible in creating a perfect day for us. We started in the walled medieval town of Obidos where we had plenty of time to explore. Then we went to Nazare, where undersea canyons create rogue waves that attract daring surfers from all over the world. The waves on North Beach are tamer in summer but still bigger than they ones we are used to seeing on the East Coast of USA! Our millennial "kids" visited the Surfer Museum while my husband and I enjoyed lunch/shopping in town. Then, we regrouped to relax on beach and wade in the waters of Nazare's South Beach. We are so happy we did this day excursion from Lisbon with a private driver who let us go at our own pace and see what interested us most. Paula was perfect for us. So personable! A most memorable day!
Myself, my partner and my mum went on this amazing trip while staying in Portugal, it was a perfect day out. We were picked up by our tour guide Miguel, who was the highlight of the trip for us! He was so entertaining all the way with his stories and very knowledgable about the areas he was taking us to. He was very relaxed and focussed on making our trip a great one, which it really was. He was patient when we wanted to stop to pick up drinks or spent a little longer than we should have at one of the sites. The old medieval town was so quaint and had some lovely shops, and Miguel also took us to the factory where they make the porcelin birds as we wanted to get some as gifts. Nazere was so beautiful and it was it was much quieter than where we were staying (Cais Cais), I would go back there for longer on our next trip. Thanks so much Miguel we will definitely be seeing you again soon
Our tour guide made this trip brilliant. We were 2 groups with different nationalities he took time to explain everything to everybody. He was very enthusiastic and knew a lot about all the places we visited. Obidos was the most beautiful - Fatima was very peaceful and I also enjoyed visiting the houses where the 3 kids lived
Good day trip and we had a great guide but needed more time in Obidos which was cut short by time spend in Nazare. Our guide Victor was informative, professional and knew all the shortcuts to help make our Fatima stop outstanding. Recommend doing only 2-3 locations in one day.
Miguel L. Pereiro is a great asset to your company. He is courteous and very knowledgeable. We even told him he should be a history professor. He was awesome. He shows he enjoys his job and he loves people.