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Travel Guide
Obidos featuring landscape views, tranquil scenes and a sunset

A striking castle is among the many historic landmarks packed into this little hilltop town, a scenic wonder filled with medieval architecture.

Óbidos has lots to offer visitors who are looking for a change of pace from Lisbon. Take some time out to wander the beautiful, old-fashioned streets of this compact little town and enjoy the peace and quiet it offers. See a wide range of wonderful sights including an impressive castle, a tranquil lagoon and a well-preserved 12th-century church.

Enter Óbidos via the stunning Porta da Villa, a grand gateway to the city that features beautiful blue and white tiles that are hundreds of years old. Follow the historic Óbidos Town Wall to get a sense of the size of the town. As you walk, pause often to take photos of the wonderful views across the red rooftops and winding cobbled lanes of the town.

Find Óbidos Castle in the north. This looming building looks like it came straight from an ancient legend. Look for the earliest parts of the castle, which date back to the 12th century. Those planning a lavish holiday can even stay overnight in this remarkable building, which now houses a luxury hotel.

Another wonderful example of historic architecture is the lovely Igreja de Santa Maria. Take the time to visit this beautiful white church, where King Afonso V of Portugal was married in the mid-15th century. Next, see the impressive 16th-century Óbidos Aqueduct, located around 10 minutes’ walk away.

Pick up souvenirs and local handicrafts along the Rua Direita, the town’s busiest street. This is also a great place to take a break for dinner or drinks, as there are plenty of restaurants and cafés here. Make sure you try some delicious ginja, the region’s special cherry liquor, which is sometimes served in a chocolate cup. Eat the tasty cup once you have finished drinking from it.

Reach Óbidos from Lisbon by car in a little over an hour. Spend at least a day or two here and make time to swim or sunbathe at the beautiful Lagoa de Óbidos, the peaceful lagoon to the north.

Evolutee Hotel
Evolutee Hotel
5 out of 5
Cabeço da Serra, Obidos
The price is £123 per night from 23 Aug to 23 Aug
Situated by the ocean, this luxury resort is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Obidos Lagoon, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Baleal Beach and Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche). ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (159 reviews)
"The hotel is stunningly beautiful, the views are incredible, the beds are so comfortable. The only problem is that it's very, very remote, so there are no other options for food except what the hotel has to offer. The hotel's food is awe-inspiringly mediocre. Spent €94 on two meals for two people ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2020

Evolutee Hotel
Pousada Castelo de Óbidos - Historic Hotel
Pousada Castelo de Óbidos - Historic Hotel
4 out of 5
Paço Real, Obidos
Located in the heart of Obidos, this pousada is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Obidos Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Obidos Lagoon and Barata Feyo Museum. Jose Malhoa ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (189 reviews)
"very strong smell of old buildings"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

Pousada Castelo de Óbidos - Historic Hotel
Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort
Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Vale De Janelas, Av. D. Ines de Castro, 1, Obidos
The price is £157 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
Nestled on the beach, this Obidos hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Baleal Beach, Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche) and Obidos Lagoon. Consolation Beach and Praia ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (303 reviews)
"Great hotel for families. Beautiful location. Breakfast is good, but it’s a shame there 0 variety between days. Other restaurants are very expensive considering quality is not very high (and Portugal is not very expensive, so hotel prices are 1.5-2x overpriced to external options). Great kids club ..."

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

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