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  • Address: Óbidos, Portugal
Possibly one of the prettiest towns in Portugal, medieval Óbidos has existed for centuries tucked inside its fortified walls; a gleaming white-washed spider’s web of alleyways lined with squat houses, all adorned with flower-smothered balconies, vivid blue azulejo tiles and Gothic doorways.

Known as the ‘Wedding Present Town’ due to the tradition of Portuguese kings giving Óbidos to their wives as part of their dowry, the town has benefited from its royal patronage down the centuries. At its heart lies the cobbled main square of Praça de Santa Maria, home to the old town pillory, a majestic fountain and a tiny museum in the town hall. The cluster of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches around Santa Maria square were all founded by various monarchs, as was the Amoreira Aqueduct outside the town walls.

This charming melee of architectural styles is best seen from the vantage point of the vast defense walls encircling Óbidos. Above all this stands the austere, crenelated façade of the 12th-century castle; although it is now a pousada (state-owned hotel), the terraces and gardens are still open to the public for panoramic views across the town and surrounding hills.

Óbidos is packed with wine shops selling the potent local ginjinha liqueur, terraced restaurants serving the traditional fish stew caldeirada and tiny souvenir stores selling cheery ceramics, and makes a wonderful destination for an afternoon’s exploration. Often packed by day – especially in summer – by night most visitors have left; an overnight stay in the castle pousada sees the town revert to its tranquil, romantic best.

Practical Info

Óbidos is an easy hour north of Lisbon by car up the A8; as the town is a pedestrian-only zone, there are parking areas for cars outside the walls. It is within striking distance of the UNESCO-listed monastery at Batalha and the Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary at Fátima, two of Portugal’s most revered pilgrimage sites.

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Fatima Nazare and Obidos Small Group Tour, Lisbon, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Fatima Nazare and Obidos Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Head out on this Semi-Private Tour to Fatima, famous for its basilica that honors the appearance of Virgin Mary in 1917. Free time to attend mass. After lunch, ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.53
Fátima, Batalha, Nazare and Óbidos Private Full Day Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Fátima, Batalha, Nazare and Óbidos Private Full Day Tour from Lisbon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Fátima is known as the world's altar, city of peace and prayer. You can harness this visit to Fátima to attend the 11 am mass and visit the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.65
Fatima Nazare and Óbidos Full Day Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Fatima Nazare and Óbidos Full Day Tour from Lisbon

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Spend a full day in Portugal’s most charming and historic small towns during this day trip from Lisbon. Travel to the medieval town of Óbidos and marvel ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.55
Óbidos the Museum Village and Mafra Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Óbidos the Museum Village and Mafra Tour from Lisbon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Step back in time and see the Museum Village of Óbidos and Mafra from Lisbon. Wonder the streets of a walled town with history dating back to the 4th ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.29
Private Templars Tour of the 3 Castles from Lisbon, Lisbon, Day Trips
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Private Templars Tour of the 3 Castles from Lisbon

A different and very interesting private tour as you discover the history of the knights Templars. Explore the Tomar Castle and The Convent of Christ, part of ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $600.25
Private Tour of Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, and Nazaré, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour of Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, and Nazaré

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore the center of Portuga l in an unforgettable private, small-group tour.  Relax in an air-conditioned minivan, with free wifi, as your ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $62.53
Full-day Small-Group Fatima, Batalha, and Obidos Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Day Trips
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Full-day Small-Group Fatima, Batalha, and Obidos Tour from Lisbon

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Experience something magical, mysterious and truly magnificent. The perfect day out of Lisbon! Visit the sanctuary of Fátima, the Batalha Monastery, The ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.30
Private Tour to Obidos, Nazare, Alcobaca or Batalha and Fatima, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour to Obidos, Nazare, Alcobaca or Batalha and Fatima

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

This West Region tour allows you to learn about the patrimonial 'masterpieces' of Portugal. You have as an option to visit Alcobaca or Batalha. Included in ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.01
Semi-Private City Tour of Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Semi-Private City Tour of Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Spend a day discovering some Portugal’s most historic villages during this full-day tour to Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos. Enjoy the magnificent view of ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.30
Private Óbidos, Nazaré, and Alcobaça from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Óbidos, Nazaré, and Alcobaça from Lisbon

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Explore the rich and valuable heritage left by the  Cistercian  order in  Portugal and visit one of Portugal’s most important monuments classified as world ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.65

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