Probably one of our favourite places we visited during our stay in Portugal, Obidos is the most picturesque fortified town. The quaint traditional houses, the narrow cobbled streets reminded me a lot of Paraty in Brazil.
I just love the Portuguese architecture with the white houses and their colourful trims.
Obidos is only an hour away from Lisbon, so just like Sintra and Cascais, it is a great day trip option.
The town is a great example of traditional Portuguese city. Historically, the place was owned by the queen of Portugal and you can understand why! Every square inch of Obidos is perfectly taken cared of. The pride of the locals transpires throughout the town.
The Obidos is encircled with fortified walls which you can climb and walk around. It isn’t for the faint-hearted though as there are no safety rails. It is fairly high so avoid it if you suffer from vertigo. We ran into a few people a little petrified and who just couldn’t take a step further because of the height.
If you are not afraid of heights and have good footwear make sure to climb on the wall! From there the views over the terracotta tiled roofs are wonderful.
After a thrilling climb, rest and explore the quiet cobbled back-streets, far away from the tourist crowds. Get a pastel de nata if you feel a bit dizzy from the wall walk.
Grab a glass of Ginja de Obidos, a cherry liquor produced in the region. The drink is served in small chocolate cups which makes for a flavoursome treat after drinking the Ginja.
The main street Rua Direita is lined with a variety of shops and the perfect place to get some beautiful traditional Portuguese ceramics. My favourite were the ones with the sardines design.
At the end of your visit head to the main car park where you will find Obidos impressive aqueduct.