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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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It is a unique experience, which starts in the morning and ends in the evening; we had the pleasure to enjoy the best and most experienced tour guide - Andre Feldman, with whom we had fun and discovered the true stories about Portugal and the places visited; I highly recommend this trip and I hope you have this extraordinary guy who likes what he does
Tania was amazing! Had to start with that! And the group we managed to get was so amazing, we ended up having lunch together and sharing life stories. There is time for everything, to see, to take pictures, to enjoy the moment, even if most times you wish you could stay for much much longer. Strongly recommend it!
We had an amazing experience! I really recommend this tour. Plenty of visits with enough time to visit each highlight. Our guide gave us plenty of recommendations and shared with us very valuable information. (Safety measures were always followed!)
We went on the Fátima, Nazare , Batalha trip . It was fantastic , our guide Manuel could not have been more helpful. His knowledge about the whole trip Excellent. I can’t wait to go on another trip . Definitely recommend it to my friends.
It was a great experience and worth the money and time well spent. Andre "the Great" has been very amusing, knowledgeable and accommodating. It had been an experience that we truly enjoyed and memorable. Thank you!!