The Hill Town of Óbidos, Portugal

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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!

The back lanes of Óbidos, Portugal

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 roadside scene in Portugal


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.

The Traditional streets, Óbidos, Portugal

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.

The Aqueduct, Óbidos, Portugal

Bustling Lanes

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.

The City Gate, Óbidos, Portugal
Azulejo at Port da Vila,  Óbidos, Portugal

Weaving our way along the colourful medieval street of Rua Direita, passing little boutiques, ice cream parlours and some intriguing gift shops, stocking all your medieval jousting needs.

Rua Direita, Óbidos, Portugal

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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.

Looking up at the castle, Óbidos, Portugal

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.

The Castle on high, Óbidos, Portugal

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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.

The town - quietening down, Óbidos, Portugal

Just one or two lanes back from Rua Direita and you have the enchanting white-washed streets to yourself.

The Peaceful lanes, Óbidos, Portugal
Away from the crowds, Óbidos, Portugal

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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.

Ginja - The secret, Óbidos, Portugal
Ginja by the glass, Óbidos, Portugal

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Ginjas are sold by the glass, you don’t need to drink the whole the decanter.

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.

Evening along the Rua Direita, Óbidos, Portugal
The Castle walls, Óbidos, Portugal

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.

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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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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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