If you were ever on the hunt for storybook towns and fairy tale castles, Portugal is your land of dreams as though there’s been pinch of fairy dust scattered all across the country.
Just 80 km outside of Lisbon sits the little town of Obidos. If you’re ever in Lisbon and you find yourself free for a day trip, don’t hesitate spending it in this little medieval fortress. The famous village is separated from the municipality by the castle walls built around it. It’s a great change if you want to experience a semi-rural Portuguese life as well as some gorgeous scenery.
Obidos is a dazzling show of colorful facades, cobblestones and cosy cafes with crumbling staircases that lead to mind blowing views.
People come here to wander around the streets, explore the castle walls and nibble on some homemade treats that the locals sell. The whole town is packed with souvenir shops that sell all sorts of Portuguese stuff, so it’s probably a good idea to do your souvenir shopping here away from the hassle of Lisbon.
The main street of the town leads to a tiny church which is also used as a library. I thought it was such a refreshing idea to see your typical church put into other use as well. We also got to see a couple who had just got married and were off for some shooting in the town and they honestly couldn’t have chosen a better place to make some long-lasting memories.
I doubt there is any public transportation getting here so you’ll need to come with your own vehicle and there’s tons of parking spaces just outside the castle.
You don’t really need a whole day to visit this place. 2-3 hours will do just fine. But I highly recommend it if you want to see a little off beat Portugal for a change.