Welcome to Óbidos
Surrounded by a classic crenellated wall, Óbidos’ gorgeous historic centre is a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and flower-bedecked, whitewashed houses livened up with dashes of vivid yellow and blue paint. It’s a delightful place to pass an afternoon, but there are plenty of reasons to stay overnight, as there's excellent accommodation including a hilltop castle now converted into one of Portugal’s most luxurious... Read More
Top experiences in Óbidos
Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
While you are in Lisbon, head north on a day trip to the beautiful villages of Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos. Get comfortable in an air-conditioned vehicle as you start your journey toward the town of Fátima, a once-sleepy rural village that became an important pilgrimage site when three shepherd children reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, a basilica that honors the apparition and attracts millions of Catholic pilgrims every year who go to pay their respects to the shrine.Next, visit the 14th-century Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that illustrates the rich artistic heritage of the late 1300s. Discover the impressive royal burial site at the basilica’s Founder’s Chapel, where King João I, Queen Philippa of Lancaster and their son Prince Henry the Navigator were buried.Take a short break for lunch (own expense) in Nazaré, a quaint fishing town famous for its variety of restaurants and cafes. A popular summer retreat for the Portuguese, the village offers an interesting insight into local life. Next, head to the Nazaré cliffs and continue through the picturesque villages of Foz do Arelho and São Martinho do Porto. Admire views of agricultural fields and the Atlantic Ocean as you drive along the dramatic, cliff-lined coast.Finally, make your way to the medieval village of Óbidos. Founded in 208 BC, Óbidos is commonly known in Portugal as the 'wedding present town', as it was a gift from King Dinis to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. Follow your guide to one of the numerous wine shops and sample the Ginja liqueur, and then enjoy free time to explore the village’s medieval fortress, narrow streets, colorful houses and Gothic doorways and windows decorated with flowerpots and dazzling tiles. Grab a snack or browse around the tiny shops that offer a varied collection of beautiful handmade ceramic art before making your way back to Lisbon.
Private Tour to Obidos, Nazare, Alcobaca or Batalha and Fatima
Start with a visit to Fatima and its Sanctuary, the site where Our Lady of Fatima appeared in 1917. Since then, millions of pilgrims go there to pay their promises to pray or just to feel its mystical strength! The Sanctuary Square is so big that it can only be described by numbers: it can receive simultaneously 300,000 visitors and it's twice the size of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. From Fatima, continue to the Monastery of Batalha, (or Alcobaca as an option) the biggest example in Portugal of the late gothic Portuguese style, where you can find a mix of the gothic style with the Manuelino Art - symbol of the Portuguese maritime expansion. If you choose to go to Alcobaca instead then you will visit the famous 12th century monastery. This monastery is not only a beautiful architectural example, but it also has the monuments in memory of King D. Pedro I and D. Ines de Castro. After lunch in the fishing village of Nazare, your last stop of the day will invite you to travel back in time to the true medieval town of Obidos. In Obidos all of this royal tradition of Portuguese Kings and Queens was kept till today including the old wall that surrounds the city. As this tour is private, you have some choices:Alcobaca or Batalha - For those who wish to visit Fatima.Alcobaca and Batalha - for those who do not wish to visit Fatima.
Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, and Óbidos Full Day Private Tour from Lisbon
Your driver will pick you up from your Lisbon hotel and transport you to Fátima, one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Visit the site where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherd children in 1917. Continue to the Basilica, which houses the burial sites of Francisco, Jacinta Marto, and Lúcia. See the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), Portugal’s largest Catholic sanctuary, as well as the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions). Continue to Batalha, and take in its bucolic scenery. Visit the Monastery, a World Heritage site that celebrates the Battle of Aljubarrota and offers one of the country’s best examples of Gothic architecture. Note the traces of Manueline architecture interwoven. Enjoy the warm hospitality characteristic of this coastal area. We recommend stopping at Alcobaça Monastery, one of the most visited and well-preserved monuments in the country. Here you can visit the tombs of Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro, tributes to a great Portuguese romantic tragedy. After lunch, head to Óbidos, a town of queens until 1883. See the romantic and picturesque setting that has endured throughout the centuries. With the sunset at your back, bid farewell and head back to Lisbon and your hotel.
3-Day Portugal Tour from Lisbon: Fátima, Sintra, Évora, Cascais and Estoril Coast
Based in a centrally located Lisbon hotel, enjoy this 3-day tour of central Portugal's loveliest towns – including Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Óbidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Évora, Azeitão – and its astonishing landmarks. On this comprehensive tour, you will explore historic and picturesque Portuguese locations during the day, and return to Lisbon at night to have dinner on your own and explore the city at your own pace. Visit the fairytale-like Pena Palace in Sintra, see the Castle Pousada-Hotel in Óbidos and admire Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary in Fátima. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alcobaça Monastery, Batalha Monastery and town of Évora. Learn interesting facts from your tour guide during guided walking tours in Sintra, Cascais and Évora, and sample wine at an important winery in Azeitão. Two nights of accommodation in a superior-class hotel are included. Two breakfasts and three lunches are also included. Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.
Fatima Nazare and Óbidos Full Day Tour from Lisbon
Depart from Lisbon in a comfortable bus and head to Óbidos, a medieval town built in 1282 by King Dinis for Queen Isabel on their wedding day. See the 45-foot high walls of Pousada do Castelo, designed to protect the village. Continue on to Alcobaça to visit the Alcobaça Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest church in Portugal. Admire the stunning Cistercian art and the ornate tombs of King Pedro and his beloved Queen Inês. Stop for lunch in colorful Nazaré, a traditional Portuguese fishing village. If time permits, head to Sítio to take in the stunning views of beach and ocean. Then, kick off the afternoon with a trip to Batalha Monastery, another World Heritage-listed site. Admire the beautiful stained-glass windows and the Manueline-style Royal Cloister. Next, travel to the town of Fátima, home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a center of Catholic faith and a globally important pilgrimage destination. Housed in the basilica are the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta, peasant children who, despite threats, never denied witnessing the apparition of the Virgin Mary. The most important part of the shrine is the Chapel of Apparitions and schedule permitting, you may be able to attend mass here. On the way back to Lisbon, travel on a scenic route through a rich agricultural area.
Óbidos the Museum Village Tour from Lisbon
Óbidos was conquered by our first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal´s history.Here we will visit the various highlights as:Fortified village of Óbidos, Igreja de São Pedro, Rua Direita, Capela de São Martinho, Igreja da Misericórdia, Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Santuário do Senhor Jesus da Pedra, Pelourinho e Telheiro. A walk inside the village also allows us to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts.Afterwards we will head to the coast and visit Peniche, a coastal fishing city with a vast history.Each July Óbidos castle hosts a traditional 'Medieval Market'. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe.Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with hundreds of entertainers and stall holders dressed as merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers and more. Visitors can shop at the traditional handcrafts fair or watch medieval shows, horse displays and a costumed parade that winds its way through the streets. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.