OVERVIEW: Obidos is one of the most charming towns I have ever been to and I could have stayed a month there spending my afternoons hanging laundry on my clothesline while talking to the elderly ladies and gossiping about the town. When my mind starts drifting, I dream of living in a small town like this where everyone knows each other and old traditions are used today. Need more proof that this town is amazing? Consider this: In the 13th century, Queen Isabel visited this town and fell so in love with it that her husband, King Denis I, gave it to her. That’s right…he gave her the actual town. (Good luck topping that gift Buddy!) Although it is good for a day trip, there is nothing like being here after the crowds have left. That’s when the magic happens.
WALK AROUND THE VILLAGE: This village is surrounded by a towering medieval stone wall. The main entrance is called Porta da Senhora (Door of the Lady). As soon as you enter the town you will feel like you’ve stepped through a portal back in time. The streets are lined with stores, quaint taverns, and restaurants serving Portuguese food made from family recipes. The best thing to do is get lost on the cobblestone streets and alleyways. There are two main streets in the town so all the alleyways will always bring you back to the center of town. Throughout the town you will see many places selling Ginja. This tasty drink is a liqueur made from ginja berries that is served in a small chocolate cup. The sweet fruity taste blends perfectly with the chocolate cup. As I mentioned above, the town looks very different at night and is a safe place to explore after dark. Locals will dine later than the tourists so if you wait to eat you will feel like you’re part of the community. After dinner, find the town square and sit outside enjoying a drink while looking at the church and the old buildings.
WALK THE WALL: The only problem about a good view is you usually have to be up high to see it. I’m not a huge fan of heights but I’m a sucker for a good photo opportunity. We decided to walk the wall several times during our week here because there was nothing that could beat the view. From atop the wall you could see an amazing sunset, the surrounding farmlands outside the town, and a panoramic view of the town. The wall has no railing on the side of the town and there were many places where there were high drops. I’m sure my kids have the memory of me repeating, “Be careful!” a million times during our walk. We tried it once at night but I chickened out so we all went back. I think I would have been braver if my kids were not with me because I was panicked watching them in their flip-flops.
THE CASTLE: The castle is actually a hotel now, so there’s not much to see when you go up there. However, it offers an amazing view of the town and a great option if you do not want to walk the wall. If you get a chance to eat there you will dine in a uniquely decorated room with impeccable service and delicious authentic Portuguese food.