Best of Óbidos

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Óbidos
One of Portugal’s best-preserved medieval villages, Óbidos is a delight to explore with its crenellated walls, tile-covered churches and cobblestone lanes lined with handsome, whitewashed houses. It’s easy to feel the centuries slip away as you wander past 14th-century town gates and glimpse 300-year-old artistic masterpieces secreted away in the town’s churches and galleries. Óbidos also hosts some unusual festivals, including a decadent chocolate fest — though you needn’t wait for a special occasion to visit its boutique chocolatiers as well as shops selling sour cherry liqueur (another Óbidos specialty). 

According to legend, King Dinis gave the town as a wedding present to his future queen, Dona Isabel, in 1282. You can learn all about Óbidos on a fascinating guided tour through the historic center. It’s also worth staying overnight to experience the magic of Óbidos after the day-trippers have left. Previous kimkim travelers have loved lodging in one of the village’s many atmospheric guesthouses — there’s even a medieval castle that’s been converted into a luxury hotel.
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Food Tour of Portugal - 5 Days

Foodies will love this unique trip plan, which introduces you to Portuguese history and culture one bite at a time. You'll start in Lisbon, where a private guide will take you on a delicious culinary excursion that will set the stage — and your palette — for your epicurean adventure. Explore the old world charm of Óbidos and its historic castle, then hit the streets of Porto for a delectable lesson on the city's dynamic food scene. You'll also learn tips and tricks for recreating your favorite local specialties in a hands-on cooking workshop. End your trip with time in the stunning Douro Valley, where you can visit legendary wineries, learn about olive oil pressing, or take in the scenery on a relaxing boat ride.

Colorful Streets of Óbidos, Portual
Portugal's Jewish Heritage, Porto and Lisbon - 5 Days

This trip explores the Jewish heritage of Portugal, starting with a visit to the medieval town of Óbidos and a tour of the city of Porto. You'll discover unknown Jewish history in the Templar City of Tomar, examining the historic synagogue and heritage museum. You'll end in Lisbon, where visits to synagogues, memorials, and old Jewish quarters in the city expose the turbulent and unique history of the capital.

Lisbon, Portugal
Map of Best of Lisbon and Porto: Lisbon, Porto, Cascais, and Sintra - 8 Days
Best of Lisbon and Porto: Lisbon, Porto, Cascais, and Sintra - 8 Days

You don't have to travel far to see, taste, and experience the best of Portugal. Start your adventure in Lisbon, to explore the city's, art, cuisine, and hills. From Lisbon, you'll head to Porto, to taste its famous wines and then have your choice of where to explore along the coast, before heading to Sintra and Cascais, before you make your way back to Lisbon.

A scenic road near the village of Sintra
Map of Portugal Relaxed Self-Drive: Lisbon, Porto, Évora - 10 Days
Portugal Relaxed Self-Drive: Lisbon, Porto, Évora - 10 Days

This road trip is ideal for those who want to experience Portugal's two biggest cities and bucolic countryside at a relaxed pace. After strolling around Lisbon with a guide, you'll make your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby mountains and vineyards. Finish off in the medieval town of Évora with plenty of free time to explore the Alentejo—a vast region known for olive groves, cork production, and rustic cuisine.

Sunset in Lisbon, Portugal
Highlights of Portugal, From Lisbon to Porto - 8 Days

Discover the highlights of Portugal in this week-long tour, starting in the bustling city of Lisbon where you can explore historical streets, eat traditional cuisine, and enjoy live Fado music. Visit the charming towns and monuments of Sintra, Óbidos, and Tomar, as well as the gorgeous Douro Valley Wine Region for a river cruise and wine tasting. Visit one of Europe's oldest universities in Coimbra and head north to Porto, where you can watch fishermen barter their daily catch, tour a traditional sardine factory, and eat local delicacies.

Other popular travel destinations in Portugal
Lisbon · Porto · Sintra · Douro Valley · Algarve · Évora · Alentejo · Lagos · Coimbra · Nazaré · Madeira · The Azores · São Miguel Island · Peneda-Gerês National Park