Stay for the evening ….
The fortified town of Óbidos perched high on a hill is one of Portugal’s iconic charming towns.
When you think of Portugal you may think of whitewashed walls, narrow cobbled lanes, tiny little restaurants, well, Óbidos has all it all and a castle!
We travelled to Óbidos after staying at Évora a couple of nights in the east of Portugal, and the landscape across the countryside was incredible.
Field after field of spectacular wildflowers, springtime in Portugal, what a delight.
A reference guide
Our recent new found love is Portugal, it is such a beautiful country. While planning our trip, I used the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our north to south Portuguese road trip, now you can grab the revised copy.
We arrived in Óbidos late afternoon as we knew this popular little town was going to be buzzing during the day, Óbidos is only (53 miles) 85km north of Lisbon, so, it is an ideal place to visit for a day trip.
All checked in, we strolled into town passing the 16th-century aqueduct, which was funded by the Queen of Portugal (Queen Catherine). It’s believed to be the last fully intact aqueduct in Portugal.
We head into the old town through the lower city gate of Porta da Vila which has incredibly attractive 18th-century azulejos and such a lovely balcony.
To the Castle
We continued to head up to the castle which was rebuilt by Afonso Henriques after he seized the town from the Moors in 1148.
There’s evidence at the base of the medieval tower of Roman construction. You can stay overnight in the castle if you wish, as it is now a Pousada.
A little detour
You can understand and appreciate why Óbidos is so popular with visitors, it is incredibly picturesque. However, whether it was because of the time of day (around 5/6pm), it wasn’t difficult at all to find some quieter spots.
Just one or two lanes back from Rua Direita and you have the enchanting white-washed streets to yourself.
Memory of Lisbon
Last year when we were in Lisbon, Gary discovered the local liqueur of Ginja, quite an acquired taste, and now we’d found that Óbidos did it too. So, as the car was parked up, we thought we would reminisce and enjoy a couple of Ginjas, along with some cheese and bread.
After a couple of Ginjas, we headed out, and nearly all the crowds had gone for the evening. It was now time to find a local Portuguese restaurant, serving traditional fare.
Where we ate
No specific plans, we just wandered and found Jamon Jamon just outside the castle walls. The food was fantastic and very local, Gary went for the rustic octopus, and I played safe with a steak in a homemade sauce. Great cosy atmosphere, staff really chatty, we highly recommend it.
Inspired to visit Óbidos?
Stroll the charming cobbled lanes amongst the white-washed walls, ensure you stay for the evening, it becomes a whole new place.
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