Obidos: One of Portugal’s Most Beautiful Villages Obidos: One of Portugal’s Most Beautiful Villages

Obidos: One of Portugal’s Most Beautiful Villages

Obidos, a small town so beautiful, that in 1210 King Alfonso II gifted it to his queen, resulting in being nicknamed as ‘The Town of Queens’. Don’t miss out on visiting this little slice of Portuguese heaven, with its whitewashed cottages, painted walls, and colorful flowers. Climb the castle walls, visit one of the many stunning churches, or choose from one of the many top things to do in Obidos, Portugal.

6 Things to do in Obidos

1. Explore the Streets of Obidos

The number one thing to do in Obidos is to get lost in the labyrinth of narrow white-painted cobbled streets. The city is stunning, with each street filled with small white houses, traditionally painted with blue and yellow edges.

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You’ll find beautiful doorways, red-tiled roofs and balconies, and endless colorful flowers growing up the walls. Spend an hour or two simply wandering and taking pictures in this photographer’s heaven.

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2. Shop on Rua Direita

The main street of Rua Direita is home to many shops selling handicrafts, art, and souvenirs, as well as plenty of great restaurants & bars. The main thing you’ll see on sale is Ginjinha, a sour cherry liquor typical of the town.

You may have also seen it in Lisbon; however, in Obidos, it is uniquely made by marinating the cherries for over a year!

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3. Climb the Castle Walls

At the end of Rua Direita is the magnificent Castle of Obidos! The Moorish castle, and its walls, are so impressive that it was chosen as one of ‘The Seven Wonders of Portugal’.

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The walls are 13 meters high and an incredible 1.6 km in length. You can actually climb on top of the walls and walk the length around the castle. Because of the height, the views are incredible (especially during sunset) across the surrounding countryside and vineyards.

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The inside of the castle is not open for visitors, as it has been converted into a Pousada (a government-run luxury hotel). So if you’re keen to experience Obidos as a castle resident, make sure to book your room online.

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4. The Churches of Obidos

Despite its small size, Obidos is home to 14 churches! You could spend a whole day exploring each one. Our favorite options for your day trip to Obidos would be:

Igreja de Santa Maria

The most famous to visit is the Igreja de Santa Maria, known for its stunning interior of azulejos blue tiles.

Senhor Jesus da Pedra

The baroque church of Senhor Jesus da Pedra is unique and easily visible from the town walls. The church its main feature is its unusual hexagonal shape. 

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Porta da Vila

Porta da Vila is most commonly known as the town gate; however, it is also a chapel. On the second story of the building, you can see the famous azulejos tiles that make this town gate one of the most beautiful in Europe!

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Igreja de Sao Tiago 

This small church lies right next to the castle entrance. It is no longer in use as a church, but it’s a charming bookstore instead!

5. Aqueduct of Obidos

One of the most eye-catching features of the town is the huge aqueduct that lies on the edge of Obidos. This 6 km-long stone structure served as the town’s main water supply and even survived the great earthquake of 1755!

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6. Municipal Museum Obidos

Even though Obidos is like an open-air museum itself, to discover more history, you can visit the Municipal Museum. It is located on the main street (Rua Direita) and showcases some historical pieces like weapons of war and Roman artifacts. However, it’s most popular for its incredible collection of art, including work from the famous resident artist of Obidos: Josefa de Obidos.

How to visit Obidos

Obidos is just a 1.5-hour drive from Lisbon, so it’s the perfect option for a day trip while you’re on a Lisbon city trip. Alternatively, stay overnight to see a different side of the town, when it’s peaceful and sleepy in the evenings.

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Driving is the best way to visit Obidos as it also allows you to visit spots outside the city too, for example, the lagoon or various other beaches north of Lisbon like Nazare.

If you want to take public transport, the best option is via bus from Lisbon. There are trains to Obidos, but they have a limited schedule and take over 2 hours (stopping off at lots of small towns en route).

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Getting Around Obidos

The town is small, and one of the best things to do is walk around the town. If you’re driving, please note that the entire center is pedestrianized, so you have to park outside the old town before passing through the town gate.

Best Cafes and Restaurants in Obidos

Aside from Obidos’ cherry liqueur and dark chocolate, the town also has lots of beautiful restaurants serving traditional Portuguese dishes. You can even book to eat inside the castle’s hotel restaurant! Here are some nice places to have lunch/dinner in Obidos:

  • Avocado (great coffee & healthy food)
  • Pontinha (European)
  • Jamon Jamon (Portuguese)
  • Vila Infanta (Mediterranean)
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Where to Stay in Obidos

If you choose to stay overnight in Obidos, there are a range of accommodations to choose from, such as the luxurious hotel inside the castle. There are also lots of mid-range guesthouses/hotels inside the old walls of the town. 

Best Time to Visit Obidos

The summers are hot and busy in Obidos. Because of its small size and popularity for day trips from Lisbon, the streets can get very busy at this time. A good alternative is to visit during the springtime or the early fall. Spend the night at Obidos to have the town completely tourist-free.

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