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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."

Óbidos Village

Óbidos Village

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.

Castelo de Óbidos

Castelo de Óbidos

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.

Santa Maria Church

Santa Maria Church

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.

Church of Saint Peter

Church of Saint Peter

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.

Aqueduto da Usseira

Aqueduto da Usseira

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.

Porta da Senhora da Graça (Porta do Vale)

Porta da Senhora da Graça (Porta do Vale)

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.

Grande Mercado Medieval de Óbidos

Grande Mercado Medieval de Óbidos

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.

Planning Your Obidos Visit

How many days to spend in Óbidos?

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.

Getting around

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.

Where to stay in Óbidos

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    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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It was an amazing experince especially our guid Luis Peiua was excelle

I loved the tour very much . The tour guid Luis Peiua was excelent and very nice. He gave us lots of wonderful and useful information. We enjoyed his accompany a lt. Thank you Luis. Thank you guys. Good job!

We loved the tour and pur Guid Luis Peiua was the best very nice man.

The tour was amazing. The tour guid Luis Peiua was tge best . He was very knowledgable , nice and reliable. My rate of him and the tour was Excelent I wish we had more time in Nazare .Thank you guys. Excelent job!

Perfect tour, with a perfect tour guide Joanna

Highly recommended. Joanna is a very nice driver & tour guide. She is punctual & friendly.

Interesting rich in sights. Well organized.

Very knowledgable guide. Finally a guide who explains history, makes connection between sights and culture. At the same time an excellent driver and a very kind person.

BEST day excursion ever taken, in any country!

Our excursion was fabulous! Our guide, Andre, was prompt, spoke excellent English, was extremely knowledgeable of the history on our tour stops as well as other Portuguese facts. He did not rush us from any of our stops and took incredible pictures for us at these beautiful sights. He told us how we could get our religious articles blesses in Fatima! We had enough time to explore on our own at each location. Each stop had a different vibe-religious, historic, nautical/nature. It gave us a comprehensive feel of Portugal. Andre went above and beyond for our small group-each group spoke different languages and he communicated equally and fluently to both groups. Our day excursion went beyond the recommended time and he was as pleasant, accommodating and funny at the end as he was in the morning! This man certainly found his niche in this business!! The company was excellent with communicating and adjusting our reservation. HIGHLY recommend this tour and tour guide