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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We had a very interesting day with Paulo who is a wealth of information. Nothing was too much and he was happy to discuss any and all subjects relating to Portugal past and present. We packed a lot into the day but did not feel rushed. We visited places off the beaten track that we would otherwise not know about which added to the experience. Paulo gave us tips about reaching other places we planned to visit and followed up with information by email after our tour. This was such a rewarding tour I would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting Lisbon.
Lots of scenic places around in the tour. We have a great time on this private tour with Ricarto Melo. He was right on time to pick us up from the hotel. He was great at explaining everything we visited. He is very good in history! We conversed with him all day long and didn't feel awkward being on a private tour at all. Lunch at the local restaurant was awesome. If you're a food/wine lover, Ricarto would be your perfect guide to introduce Portuguese cuisine and its wine pairing.
Absolutely fantastic trip from Lisbon to Fatima. The three stops on the way provided great breaks to the otherwise tedious bus ride. The included 3 course lunch was excellent. Spacious clean modern restaurant with plenty of food, wine and dessert. The menu was obviously seafood based and nothing fancy but the taste and abundance made up for this. Very helpful guide who was friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended
Not bad for the price, we managed to visit 4 cities in a day. Tiago was well-informed and he even managed to take us in the main store in Fatima, take us to an exceptionally good restaurant! We were 6 in the group, and all of us had a great time, it's an experience to remember!
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).