Óbidos is a Portuguese medieval village par excellence. Who enters in its walls is immediately sent on a trip back in time to the era of the knights, battles, kings and queens. Along its narrow and almost exclusively pedestrian streets there are visible marks of time, featuring monuments with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance characteristics. After passing through the gates of the village, walk through the typical streets, the whitewashed houses with flowers on the balconies and windows. Here you will find a huge variety of craft, clothing and souvenir shops. Moving forward, pass through the Padrão Camoniano, Pelourinho, Igreja de Santa Maria, Igreja da Misericórdia and the famous Castelo de Óbidos. Outside the walls, you will find the Câmara Municipal (City Hall) building, the Óbidos and Usseira aqueducts and, five kilometres from the village, the Lagoa de Óbidos. In this six kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide lagoon, you can practice sailing, rowing and windsurfing. Óbidos offers a wide variety of hotels, rural houses, restaurants and typical bars, ready to receive tourists. In the restaurants taste some of the specialties: eels and cockles of Lagoa de Óbidos, cabrito no forno (lamb in the oven), coelho guisado com arroz (rabbit stew with rice) and several caldeiradas (typical Portuguese stews). In the bars, enjoy the rustic and beautifully decorated spaces while tasting the famous Ginjinha de Óbidos served in a chocolate cup. This village has two large festivities every year, the Mercado Medieval (Medieval Market), which takes place in July and aims to recreate in detail the environment and the day-to-day life of a medieval village; and the Festival do Chocolate (Chocolate Festival), held in February, with various activities and contests around chocolate. All good reasons for a visit to this beautiful village.
What to do in Óbidos
Pousada Castelo de Óbidos
Elected as one of the seven wonders of Portugal, Óbidos is surrounded by a fantastic environment, full of history, legends and secrets. Inserted within the walls, which date back to the 12th century, this was the first pousada to be born of a building with the sort of national monument. In 2012, the Pousada de Óbidos won eight more new …
Aqueduto de Óbidos e da Usseira
Mannerist aqueduct with arches divided in three sections, with a length of six kilometres. Transports water from the water-mother of Usseira into the Valley of bows and then down to the fountain in the square.
Lagoa de Óbidos
A quite lovely lagoon fromed by a central area with several channels, namely those of Barrosa and Bom Sucesso. Once, the ocean reached the walls of Óbidos.
Praia d'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort
Luxury Hotel situated close to the beautiful village of Óbidos, housed in a resort with one of the most emblematic and best golf courses. Offers 179 luxurious rooms with a balcony or terrace. It has three restaurants, two bars, a SPA, an 18-hole golf course, among other services that make up a comprehensive range of high-level offerings.
Mercado Medieval de Óbidos
This medieval fair usually takes place in the month of July and continues for ten days. It recreates the Middle Age with hundreds of actors, with the castle in the background, on a journey to the past. There are also several "tasquinhas" where one may savour some tidbits and tents where artisans work live.
Castelo e Conjunto Urbano da Vila de Óbidos
This urban set denotes the medieval character of this village. Is all surrounded by walls and features an urban structure that extends from the Alcazaba, entrances and plazas de armas. Of the six doors and shutters torn in the walls, the door of the village, with oratory Chapel, French balcony and stair located near and tile flooring. Built in the …
Igreja de São Pedro
This church has baroque and neoclassic elements. Its original construction is placed on the 13th/ 14th century and after it was under several transformations through the centuries. Nowadays it serves as a museum.
Percurso Pedestre do Parque Cinegético
A pedestrian trail that crosses the Parque cinegético, where one may enjoy the natural beauties of the Várzea da Rainha. One may also view deer and other animals, as well as rest on some garden benches and drink water from …
Hotel Real D'Óbidos
Hotel located in the Centre of the medieval town of Óbidos and installed in a House dating from the 14th century. Offers 15 rooms and 2 suites carefully decorated and refined, a medieval Hall, a multipurpose room, game room, heated …
Edifício da Câmara Municipal de Óbidos
Mannerist building of rectangular plant consisting of three floors. Of the original building only the side of vergas stonework. In 1970 it was here installed the Municipal Museum, until 2003, when they started the work on the adaptation of the …
Porta da Vila de Óbidos
Main port of entry into the village sent put by King Dom João IV, in appreciation of the protection Patron Saint Nossa Senhora da Piedade. Inside lies the oratory Chapel to this holy, with French balcony Baroque and blue and …
Fachada do Solar dos Aboins / Solar do Morgado Correia Manoel
Mannerist building built in 1748 by Dom João V to the fidalgo Aboim. Since 1956 that here does the post office in the village. Is classified as a national monument.
Parque Cinegético de Óbidos
A green space with several plant and animal species, namely deer and boars, besides a few windmills. There are also garden benches and drinking fountains.
Igreja de São Tiago
This baroque and neoclassic church was built on the 18th century. It is composed by a nave, a main chapel, some dependencies and a bell ringer tower. In 1989 it was assigned to the Municipal Council, being used since then …
Monumento Funerário de Dom João de Noronha
This is a Renaissance sculpture ensemble where one can point out the Passion of the Christ symbols sided by the figures of São João and Maria Madalena supported over a tomblike arch. Some authors defend that the silhouette figures initially …
Percurso Pedestre da Lagoa de Óbidos
A pedestrian trail along the south bank of the lagoon of Óbidos, the most well preserved area duw to the few tourists there. The traject may include the passing by areas with recreational boats, the fishermen's village of Ponta Branca, …
Igreja de Santa Maria / Igreja Matriz de Óbidos
This building with three naves has a prismatic bell ringer tower with ashlars irregular on the corners, covered by a pyramidal dome and with traces from the Manueline. The altarpiece is in golden carving with a sacrarium with a mannerist …
Santuário do Senhor Jesus da Pedra
Baroque church of hexagonal plant inscribed in a circumference, dating from the 18TH century. Was suffering several renovations over the years and, in 1997, in celebration of 250 years of the sanctuary, was inaugurated here a museum.
Charretes de Óbidos
Fitting with medieval atmosphere in this small town, there are several carts that make tourism tours, with different routes and prices. For instance, a trip along the centr of town, with a duration of 34 minutes, may cost 45 euros, …
In the traditional small town of Óbidos, this restaurant with a typical decor has a menu of delicious home made dishes.
Cozinha das Rainhas
A modern and refined space, decorated with flowers in the daytime and torches and candles at night, with lovely views of the town's walls. It belongs to the Casa das Senhoras Rainhas Inn. All the products here are home made.
In this commemorative Padrão it is possible to read an excerpt from The Lusiads, Canto III, and strophe 61. It is composed by a square base, a cylindrical shaft and a square capital with the Portuguese Coat of Arms.
Pelourinho de Óbidos
This pillory column with hexagonal base is settled on a three steps pedestal. It has a cylindrical shaft divided by a twisted medium ring and the finishing is an acanthus Crown with conic orb. Below this one there is the …
Solar da Praça de Santa Maria / Solar dos Brito Pegado / Casa Malta
This Mannerist and Baroque building was built in the beginning of the XVII century and was rebuilt on the XVIII century (after 1755 earthquake). During the XX century it was used as the City Hall and later it was rebuilt …
Rio do Prado
Sustainability, in various chapters, is the basis of project Rio do Prado, a hotel that is both a concept. Located next to Lagoa de Óbidos, this comfortable unit surprises by architecture, decoration and the concern for the environment, evident in …
Convento de São Miguel
The Convento de São Miguel is a Franciscan convent capucho constituted by the Church, outbuildings, a cloister and a garden. Currently, works there a museum.
House dating from the 19th century, recently restored, with six bedrooms and four well-equipped apartments: Casa Cristina, Casa Matilde, Leonor and Therese. It also has a swimming pool, a tennis court and a beautiful garden, inviting the beautiful walks. Of …
Praia da Estrela
An isolated beach of great natural beauty, with interesting clay formations and a wide stretch of fine sand.
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