Best of Óbidos

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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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Map of Food Tour of Portugal - 5 Days
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.

Views over Porto
Map of Family Fun & Culture in Portugal: Porto, Coimbra, Óbidos & Lisbon - 10 Days
Family Fun & Culture in Portugal: Porto, Coimbra, Óbidos & Lisbon - 10 Days

This fun-filled family adventure starts in Porto, where you'll take a food tour of delicious Portuguese cuisine. Enjoy a day trip to the stunning Paiva Walkways and hike down the steep stairways along the river. It's off to Coimbra to visit the nearby beaches of Figueira da Foz for some swimming and sun, then to Óbidos for a night in one of Portugal's prettiest towns. End your adventure in Lisbon, riding on an amphibious tour bus and soaring over the Tagus River by cable car.

Porto's scenic riverfront
Immersive Portugal: Porto & the North - 12 Days

Get to the heart of Porto and northern Portugal on this unique 12-day itinerary that combines history, gastronomy, and stunning countryside. Starting with a selection of guided tours and day trips, you'll explore Porto's UNESCO-listed city center, sample the best local cuisine, and cruise the Douro River through spectacular wine country. On day six, you'll shift to a more independent itinerary, self-driving your way south through Coimbra, Nazare, and Obidos as you explore the rest of the region's highlights at your own pace.

Join a walking tour of Portugal's capital to see the sights
Map of Romantic Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley & Algarve - 14 Days
Romantic Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley & Algarve - 14 Days

Experience Portugal's beauty and romanticism in this two-week road trip that showcases the variety of the Portuguese landscape, from the city to villages and beaches. You'll experience the art and culture of Lisbon, see the fairy-tale town of Sintra, sip wine in Porto, and explore the wonders of Évora.

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