A charming town established in a medieval castle in central Portugal is a great destination for those who are looking for some inspiration. Cosy and narrow cobbled streets filled with white painted houses, colorful flowers, small widows and museum-like boutiques make Obidos one of the most picturesque medieval towns I’ve ever been to.
I named it the “photographer’s dream” because Obidos is full of small charming details, bright colors and at the time of my visit it was full of sunlight too. The place seemed magical!
Obidos was a royal gift once, given to the Queen Isabel by her husband King Dinis in 1282 and remained the property of the queens of Portugal for many years, hence receiving the name “Town of the Queens”. So I guess a woman’s touch is the secret ingredient of this town’s charm.
We stopped in Obidos for a couple of hours on our way from Lisbon to Peniche and it was actually enough – as charming as the town is, it is also very small. After walking all the stone footpaths, we climbed up the severely outworn staircase leading to the path on the fortified wall which encircles the whole area of the town.
Walking around the wall took less than an hour (1,5 km) and it was a great experience for me. My boyfriend who is afraid of heights was not that amused, though. He managed to walk only the lower half of the wall and had to wait until I finished the rest.
I wouldn’t say this walk is very safe, especially since there is no banister and passing through other travelers might be challenging. The views are worth it, though. In addition to all the beautiful traditional white houses with tiled roofs, there are some fine sceneries outside the town walls too, as Obidos is established on the hill above a valley of vineyards.
Yes, Obidos is a very popular tourist destination. And yes, it is very much worth visiting nevertheless.