Welcome to Óbidos


Hill-town aficionados looking to savour Óbidos’ ‘lost in time’ qualities may find the main street ridiculously touristy, especially on weekends and during festivals. There are pretty bits outside the walls too.

The main gate, Porta da Vila, leads directly into the main street, Rua Direita, lined with chocolate and cherry-liqueur shops.

In recent years Óbidos has been reinventing itself as a literary centre: quirky and very atmospheric, themed bookshops abound and in 2015 it held Folio, its first literary festival, intended to be an annual event.


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$89.12 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lisbon to Fatima, Nazare, and Obidos Small-Group Day Tour

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.

$55.85 Day Trips & Excursions

Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, and Óbidos, Private Day Tour

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.

$147.30 Day Trips & Excursions

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.

$101.01 Day Trips & Excursions

Óbidos the Museum Village and Mafra Tour from Lisbon

Discover the palace of Mafra, a magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palace from the 18th century. Its construction began on November 17, 1717, and integrates 4 buildings in one: the palace, the convent, a basilica and a library.You will be walking though the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 meters long). Made entirely of limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost 4 hectares (37.790 sq.meters), including 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards.The library is one of the most important in Europe, having an enormous variety of books (more than 30,000 volumes) from the 15th-18th centuries.  Flanked by two towers, the basilica is the center piece of the facade, having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, and commissioned by D. João V. Then explore Óbidos, conquered by Portugal's first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal´s history. Here you will visit the various highlights of the fortified village of Óbidos: 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.Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts.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.

$105.76 Private & Custom Tours

Full-day Small-Group Fatima, Batalha, and Obidos Tour from Lisbon

After being picked up from your hotel, leave Lisbon for Fátima Sanctuary, one of Europe's most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, and enjoy a tour of the magnificent site. During your visit, learn more about the site's history and hear the story of the apparition of Our Lady of Fátima to the three shepherds. Next, head to Batalha to visit the Batalha Monastery, before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the coastal village of Nazaré. After lunch, spend time strolling around the charming fishing village and watching the surfers at the beach. Continue along the coast, passing through the traditional villages of Foz do Arelho and São Martinho do Porto, then arrive at the historic village of Óbidos, where the highlight is the town's well-preserved medieval ramparts.Back in Lisbon, you will be dropped at your hotel. 

$101.01 Cultural & Theme Tours

Fátima Day Tour from Lisbon

8:00am - 9:30amPick-up at your accommodationWe start the day by going to Fátima, one of the most important centers of pilgrimage in the world and where the Miracle of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima happened. You will have free time to visit the shrines or the village. We will spend the rest of the day discovering the magnificent monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça, the fishing village of Nazaré (where star surfer McNamara beat world records) and the enchanting medieval village of Óbidos where you will taste the original “Ginjinha” liquor. Your guide will show you the unique secrets of each place6:00pm - 7:00pmArrival at your accommodation... happily exhausted because this is such a complete and amazing tour!