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Óbidos town and castle.

Óbidos is a town of 12,000 people (2015) in the Oeste region of Portugal. It's a popular destination due to its walled hilltop medieval centre. Óbidos has a large concentration of bookshops and golf resorts.


Óbidos (/ˈɔ.bi.duʃ/, AW-bee-doozh) was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2015 in recognition of its literary connections.

The municipality of Óbidos is divided into seven freguesias (civil parishes):

  • 1 A dos Negros
  • 2 Amoreira
  • 3 Gaeiras Gaeiras on Wikipedia
  • 4 Olho Marinho Olho Marinho on Wikipedia
  • 5 Santa Maria, São Pedro e Sobral da Lagoa — containing the town of Óbidos itself
  • 6 Usseira
  • 7 Vau

Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Map of Óbidos

By bus[edit]

  • 1 Rodoviária do Oeste, Rua da Praça. PDF timetable. Rodoviária do Oeste's Rápida Verde coach bus service provides frequent connections from Lisbon, Bombarral, and Caldas da Rainha. This is the fastest way from Lisbon, with services from Campo Grande station taking exactly 1 hour and departing every 30 minutes. €8.00 from Lisbon.

By train[edit]

By car[edit]

Óbidos town lies on both the A8 and A15 motorways. The N8 national road passes right by the castle walls and entryway. Paid parking is available outside the walls.

Get around[edit]

Most sights in Óbidos are within or near the castle walls, so walking should suffice for most travellers.


Óbidos castle.
Óbidos azulejo's art.
  • 1 Castelo de Óbidos (Óbidos Castle), Rua Josefa de Óbidos. The village is dominated by an old medieval castle with a portion of the village located within the fortress walls. Castle of Óbidos (Q2579998) on Wikidata Castle of Óbidos on Wikipedia
  • 2 Eburobrittium. Eburobrittium was a Roman town in Lusitania, near the present town of Óbidos. The city was mentioned by Pliny the Elder as located between Collipo and Olisipo. Eburobrittium (Q8771527) on Wikidata Eburobrittium on Wikipedia
  • 3 Igreja de Santa Maria (Church of St. Mary), Praça de Santa Maria, +351 262 959 633. The mother church/main church of Óbidos. In Moorish times, this was a mosque. After the Christian reconquest in 1148, it was dedicated as a Catholic church. Much renovation occurred in the 16th century, when the bell tower was added. Igreja de Santa Maria de Óbidos (Q25442581) on Wikidata pt:Igreja de Santa Maria (Óbidos) on Wikipedia
  • 4 Museu Municipal de Óbidos (Municipal Museum), Rua Direita 97 (in the old Council Chamber House), +351 262 955 557, . Tu–Su 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–17:00, closed M. The museum covers the town's art and religious devotion. It features paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly by André Reinoso and Josefa d’Óbidos. Municipal Museum of Óbidos (Q59779523) on Wikidata
  • 5 Óbidos Aqueduct (Aqueduto de Óbidos). The Óbidos Aqueduct is a 16th-century aqueduct that spans the municipality. Óbidos Aqueduct (Q8187811) on Wikidata Óbidos Aqueduct on Wikipedia
  • 6 Porta da Vila (Porta da Senhora da Piedade), Rua Josefa de Óbidos 2. The entryway into the town's medieval walls takes you through a tiled portico. On a balcony above, here's a baroque chapel-oratory dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy, the town's patron saint (a.k.a. Mary, the mother of Jesus).
  • 7 Santuário do Senhor Jesus da Pedra, Largo do Santuário (N8 road NE of Óbidos town). This sanctuary, inaugurated in 1747, is one of Portugal's main baroque monuments. Its unusual hexagonal shape is surprising. Santuário do Senhor Jesus da Pedra (Q10368324) on Wikidata pt:Santuário do Senhor Jesus da Pedra on Wikipedia



  • Ginja de Óbidos (or Ginjinha de Óbidos), a typical cherry liquor with a strong taste. You can buy small or medium bottles to drink or take home.


  • 1 A Nova Casa de Ramiro, Rua Porta do Vale 12, . M 19:00–23:00, Tu-F 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–23:00, Sa 12:00–16:00 & 19:00–23:00, closed Su. Specializes in fish, particularly cod.
  • 2 Pontinha, Capela, s/n, Rua Dom João de Ornelas, +351 969 475 187. W Th Su 19:00–22:00, F Sa 19:00–02:00, closed M Tu. €30-55.
  • 3 Vila Infanta, Largo do Santuário do Senhor da Pedra 21A, +351 262 959 757. Th–M 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–22:00, Tu 12:00–15:00, W closed. Family-style Portuguese comfort food.



  • 1 Albergaria Rainha Santa Isabel (Queen Saint Elizabeth Inn), Rua Direita 63, +351 262 959 323. Check-in: 15:30–22:30, check-out: 08:00–12:00. Three-star hotel within the castle walls. €47-63.
  • 2 Bom Sucesso Resort, Bom Sucesso, Vau, +351 262 965 300, . Check-in: 17:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star hotel resort with golf course. Contemporary-style townhouse villas with shared pool. They are fully equipped and offer garden and golf course views. €95-203.
  • 3 Casa das Senhoras Rainhas, Rua do Padre Nunes Tavares 6, +351 262 955 360, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. This four-star, 9-room hotel is within the castle walls. €76-127.
  • 4 Evolutee Hotel at Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort, Cabeço da Serra - Vau, +351 262 240 220. Check-in: 15:00–00:00, check-out: 06:00–11:00. Five-star, 39-room "boutique" hotel with ocean views. Amenities include room service, minibar, spa, sauna, pool, fitness centre, golf course, business centre, and meeting rooms. €98-144.
  • 5 The Literary Man Óbidos Hotel, Rua Dom João de Ornelas, +351 262 959 217. Check-in: 15:00–20:00, check-out: 08:00–12:00. This four-star, 30-room hotel in a converted convent is a reader's delight, with bookshelves stacked wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. It's both a bookshop and a library. A/C, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast. There's a gin bar. €75-109.
  • 6 Pousada Castelo Óbidos, Paço Real, +351 210 407 630, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Travellers can stay at a pousada (inn) inside the medieval castle. The structure may be centuries old, but the amenities are modern and include room service, a restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. €131-357. Pousada Castelo de Obidos (Q10352208) on Wikidata pt:Pousada do Castelo on Wikipedia
  • 7 Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort, Avenida D. Inês de Castro, Vale de Janelas, +351 262 905 100. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. At this five-star hotel, all 177 rooms have private terraces or balconies facing either the ocean or the 18-hole golf course and gardens. The resort features two restaurants, two bars, fitness center, indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, spa, and meeting facilities. A kids club provides indoor and outdoor activities. €119-204.
  • 8 West Cliffs, Estrada do Rio Cortiço 4, Vau, + 351 262 249 880, . Check-in: 16:00–22:00, check-out: 08:00–10:00. West Cliffs golf resort includes a restaurant, free parking, and an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms have a patio with garden views and free WiFi.
  • 9 Pousada Vila Óbidos, Largo Dr. João Lourenço, +351 210 407 635, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00.


Go next[edit]

  • Alcobaça — monastery and excellent conventual sweets and pastries
  • Batalha — near Fátima is located the beautiful Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory of the Battle
  • Caldas da Rainha – charming, unassuming city to experience authentic daily Portuguese life
  • Fátima — the city and the Marian shrine of the worldwide famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary
  • Nazaré — a lovely village that became an international surf spot and entered into the Guinness World Records for its gigantic sea waves
  • Peniche and the Berlengas islands
  • Tomar — the city of the Knights Templar: it is highly recommended to visit the medieval castle and the Convent of Christ
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