Step into a living storybook as you cross the threshold of Óbidos, a charming, walled medieval town in Portugal's Estremadura region. Encapsulated by ancient fortifications, its cobbled streets and historic architecture transport visitors to another era. Read more

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Located just an hour north of Lisbon, Óbidos is a picturesque sanctuary that offers a tantalizing blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. It's almost as if time stood still within the walls of this well-preserved town. Originally a Roman settlement, it later became a favored spot for Portuguese royalty, earning it the title of 'Vila das Rainhas' or 'Town of Queens.' The traditional white-walled houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle give the town a storybook feel, heightened by its imposing castle, which is now a luxurious hotel. Every year, the town comes to life during its famous Chocolate Festival and the Medieval Fair, offering a multi-sensory experience for visitors. It's also known for its unique Ginja liqueur, a sour cherry drink often served in chocolate cups.
From its medieval fairs to its delicious Ginja liqueur, Óbidos offers a rich and immersive experience that combines history, culture, and simple, natural beauty. It's a must-visit for anyone looking to step back in time and savor the essence of Portugal.

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Óbidos Castle

One of the most well-preserved medieval castles in Portugal, it now serves as a luxury pousada (hotel).

Porta da Vila

The main entrance to the town, adorned with beautiful azulejo tiles, offers a grand welcome.

R. Direita

The main street filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries where you can find everything from handicrafts to traditional food.

Church of Santa Maria

Renowned for its intricate interior, it is where King Afonso V married his cousin, Isabel, in 1444 when she was just 8 years old.

Óbidos Lagoon

A serene natural escape close to the town, perfect for boating, fishing, and picnics.


Built in the 16th century, this ancient structure is still partly standing and can be visited.

Ginja Tasting

Various local shops offer this traditional sour cherry liqueur, often served in a chocolate cup.

Literary Man Óbidos Hotel

A hotel entirely themed around literature, housing thousands of books, ideal for bibliophiles.

Óbidos Medieval Market

An annual fair that turns the town into a medieval marketplace with costumes, food, and entertainment.

Pillory of Óbidos

A historical column in the center of the town square, serving as a reminder of the medieval justice system.

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Óbidos (1.5 km)

Óbidos is a town and a municipality in the Oeste region, historical province of Estremadura, and the Leiria district. The town proper has approximately 3100 inhabitants. The municipality population in 2011 was 11,772, in an area of 141.55 square kilomet

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