If you were ever on the hunt for storybook towns and fairytale castles, Portugal is your land of dreams as though there’s been a 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 to spend 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.

Photo Essay: Fairy tale town of Obidos

Obidos is a dazzling show of colourful facades, cobblestones and cosy cafes with crumbling staircases that lead to mind-blowing views.

Photo Essay: Fairy tale town of Obidos Photo Essay: Fairy tale town of Obidos

People come here to wander around the streets, explore the castle walls and nibble on some homemade treats sold by locals. The whole town is packed with souvenir shops that sell all sorts of Portuguese stuff. It’s a great idea to do your souvenir shopping here instead of Lisbon.

Photo Essay: Fairy tale town of Obidos

Photo Essay: Fairy tale town of Obidos
Views from the castle

The main street of the town of Obidos 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.

Photo Essay: Fairy tale town of Obidos Photo Essay: Fairy tale town of Obidos

I doubt there is any public transportation getting here so you’ll need to come with your own vehicle and there are 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 offbeat Portugal for a change.

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