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.
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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!
This was one of the very best tours we have been on after traveling extensively in Europe and other parts of the world over the past 10 years. Daniel was very informative yet did not overwhelm, keeping everything organized and moving along. He personalized all aspects of the tour, making it extremely enjoyable for the 8 people on the tour. The stops were all beautiful and very interesting and fell in place one with the other. I would highly recommend this tour!!
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
Our guide, Ricardo was one of the best we ever met, he is kind, well prepared and high-skilled. Although the program was long, but comfortable, enough time for sightseeing and have a break also. Thanks.
Your tour guide Mr. Miguel explained to us the entire details so well that we didn't even know when we reached out destination. We're very happy. God bless you all and Mr. Miguel. Thanks