Top Tours & Activities 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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What People Are Saying About Obidos
Each site has a special historical and Geographic interest. While Obidos was the most charming, Fatima a holy site (like Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Lourdes in France), I thought Nazare the most beautiful (like a simpler Cascais with more coastline drama).
Why it was a great trip? We booked this tour - instant confirmation on GYG. We called the local operator - Reservas e Partidas - and found a very reliable guy, Duarte Azevedo Monteiro, who turned to be our guide. He confirmed the booking immediately; very punctual next day, knowledgeable, friendly, a safe driver and a very good English speaker. Fatima was impressive, Nazare pleasant, Batalha - peaceful and Obidos superb. During the day we discovered a beautiful country, stunning landscapes, nice people, good food and wine, funny and romantic stories, historical facts. Overall, a perfect day. Again, a big thanks to Duarte from his Romanian friends!
I suggested to cancel visiting Fatima and replaced the enough time to visiting Nazare & Obidos. There are much beautiful for us to spend more time to visiting. More, I understood that GYG has been offered our order to a local tour guide company. However, please review the performance of the company anytime. This is because I found that my tour guide to be done a driver work only. He has only drop on & off to the sightseeing place with a route direction to find the place only. He didn't to talk more information or history of the building. We could be only walk around the building and took some photos. And then, we went back to the meeting point on time. Afterwards, the guide looked like to day off his job early and pushed us to leave the final destination earlier. Referring of our tour, we will have 10 hours trip, however, we have used 9 hours to finish the day trip and back to Lisbon before 18:00 (original should be 19:00). So that, this trip gave us was hurry, rush & busy.
We were thrilled with this tour. The guide, Ana, was friendly and knowledgable - and able to give the tour in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German! We had an efficient yet relaxed pace. The bus was new and comfortable, with good temperature control. Many of us had read an earlier review about the lunch being of poor quality, and so we had low expectations. However, the restaurant was lovely with excellent service and food. We were given bread and fresh cheese to start, a rich vegetable-noodle soup, AMAZING hake fish with vegetables and salad, and a wonderful tiramisu-like dessert with water, wine and coffee. Every dish was delicious. We enjoyed the other people in our group. We did get back to Lisbon a bit later than expected, but no one seemed to mind. We would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to see a lot in a relatively short time (10-11 hours). Thanks again for a great day!
we had a great time with Diogo, showing us around, explaining everything, taking care for all special wishes and Needs of our Group. I would highly recommend trips with Sintra Magic through get your guide!