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The 7 Best Things to Do in Óbidos

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."

  • Óbidos Village

    1. Óbidos Village

    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.

  • Castelo de Óbidos

    2. Castelo de Óbidos

    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.

  • Santa Maria Church

    3. Santa Maria Church

    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.

  • Church of Saint Peter

    4. Church of Saint Peter

    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.

  • Aqueduto da Usseira

    5. Aqueduto da Usseira

    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.

  • Porta da Senhora da Graça (Porta do Vale)

    6. Porta da Senhora da Graça (Porta do Vale)

    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.

  • Grande Mercado Medieval de Óbidos

    7. Grande Mercado Medieval de Óbidos

    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.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Óbidos?

    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.

  • Getting around

    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.

  • Where to stay in Óbidos

    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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    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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What people are saying about Obidos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,466 reviews

Great tour with the right amount of history and culture blended in with a medieval town and beach area! One of my highlights from trip to LISBON! Tania, our guide, was EXCELLENT! She went out of her way to involve EVERYONE! And she was knowledgeable and went out of her way to ensure that we all had a great time! Super Tour!

This was absolutely fantastic and it was amazing because at Fatima we got to see mask because it was Sunday which I didn’t expect. I would highly recommend doing this to her on a Sunday so that you get the whole experience. The guide was wonderful

It was a lovely day to travel from Lisbon. Tania, our guide was terrific: welcoming to all, friendly, informative with just the right amount of talking points with details. A "just right" amount of time at each location.

Egor, the guide, was brilliant. Gave us lots of information. Went over and above to ensure we had a wonderful day.

Very organised and punctual. The tour guide knew all about the places. Good food.