Walls of centuries and fields of experiences in a charming place called Óbidos
Located on a hilltop, Óbidos is one of the best preserved medieval town of Portugal, only 80 km North from Lisbon on the Atlantic Ocean coast.It is a very picturesque village, with character, appreciated by the tourists for its architecture.
You will be able to not only the see a medieval castle, but also to walk on the fortified walls that surround the town.
Different monuments are worth been seen: the main gate into the village, called Porta da Vila, and decorated by the traditional tiles (azulejos); 4 churches with royal history; and an aqueduct from the 16th century.
Moreover Óbidos is a nice town where to take a walk through the narrow streets covered in flowers, enjoying the white houses, with their colourful doors. The main street is Rua Direita, which main attraction is an old church transformed into a bookstore.
During your walk, don’t forget to stop by and taste the Ginja, a traditional cherry liqueur served in a chocolate cup. You will be able to find as well artisan shops, and good restaurants with typical Portuguese cuisine.
Óbidos being in a wine-producing region, it can be an opportunity to taste some wine, and especially Gaeiras, a white wine similar to Chardonnay.
Also worth to know while planning your visit, Óbidos is known for 2 events occurring every year: during spring the International Chocolate Festival of Óbidos which takes place for 2 weeks, and the medieval market in July.
Óbidos is situated only one hour from Lisbon, and has a good and easy access by bus service with several daily departures.