Obidos Castle

Obidos Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Lisbon: Private Óbidos Sightseeing Tour

1. From Lisbon: Private Óbidos Sightseeing Tour

Immerse yourself in the local culture of Óbidos with a tour of the UNESCO heritage town, tastings of local delicacies, a visit to Santa Cruz, and more. Start the tour by cruising the romantic, narrow streets of Óbidos up to the town’s castle. Taste the traditional local liquor, Ginjinha, and visit the unique Bacalhôa Buddha Eden, known as a tranquire artistic space. Explore Torres Vedras, known for its history of Napoleonic invasions, traditional Portuguese windmills, vineyards, mountains, and bean pastry. Taste the traditional delicacy and, after lunch, head to the coastal village of Santa Cruz where you can relax, restore your energy, and enjoy nature. To end the tour, see the historical local windmill where people still make homemade bread, learn how it works, and taste some authentic worm bread before returning to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Budha Eden, Obidos & Nazaré Private Day Trip

2. From Lisbon: Budha Eden, Obidos & Nazaré Private Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon on a private day trip along the coast of Portugal. Travel in a comfortable and climate-controlled car and experience sweeping sea views in Nazaré, marvel at the Zen space at Budha Eden and go on a guided walking tour in Obidos. Be picked up from your hote Lisbon and head to Obidos along winding roads. Stroll through the village of Obidos with your guide. Walk past the ancient castle walls and hear about the town's rich history. Stop to take in views of the looming Obidos Castle before heading back to the bus. Continue to Nazaré and snap a photo of the sea. Buy a ticket to the funicular and ride over the beautiful landscape of the Miradouro and the local beaches. Head to the garden of Buddha Eden. Learn local history from your guide at each stop along the way. Purchase a ticket and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this 35 hectare garden before returning to your accommodation in Lisbon. 

From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

3. From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

Travel from the bustle of Lisbon to Fátima to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and see the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Church of the Holy Trinity. View the elegant Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary which has been visited by many Catholic pilgrims and tourists. Next, stop in Batalha to visit the monastery and appreciate one of the most important Gothic sites in Portugal which took over a century to build. Journey to Alcobaça, to marvel at the famous Convent of Alcobaça. Head to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you have the option to stop for lunch to try the fresh fish while admiring a wonderful sea view. Enjoy visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré and learn more about the Legend of Nazaré. Finally, drive to the medieval town of Óbidos to go to the fortifications at the Castle of Óbidos. Drink like a local with cup of Ginjinha de Óbidos, served in a chocolate cup.

Lisbon: Fatima, Nazare & Obidos Private 8-Hour Tesla Tour

4. Lisbon: Fatima, Nazare & Obidos Private 8-Hour Tesla Tour

Get out of Lisbon and go on a private 8-hour tour to the heart of Portugal. Enjoy the flexibility of having your own driver and the ability to customize your tour. Discover medieval towns, fishing villages, and beautiful coastline. Start this tour with a visit to the famous Fátima Shrine. Being one of the most important pilgrimage points for Catholics, it attracts over a million visitors each year. Visit the small town of Batalha and its Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória. Marvel at this masterpiece of Gothic architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indulge in some fresh fish by the sea in the surf mecca town of Nazaré. Explore the charming medieval town of Obidos and see its castle. Stroll among its small alleys, churches, and imposing city walls.

From Lisbon: Fatima, Nazaré, Óbidos Full-Day Trip

5. From Lisbon: Fatima, Nazaré, Óbidos Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring Portugal, while your guide teaches you the history of the area. Discover the three secrets of Fatima and visit the spot where the apparitions took place. Stop in Nazaré, a traditional fishing village, and stroll through the fortified city of Óbidos. Get a unique perspective of Portugal and its many traditions. Meet your guide at your hotel and leave with them to travel to Fátima. Start the tour by visiting the village and houses where the three little shepherds lived and meet their direct family members. Go to Cova da Iria, where several of the apparitions happened. See the sanctuary where the tombs are and feel the devotion of pilgrims from all over the world. Travel to the Batalha Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Continue to Nazaré and witness the famous giant waves where all the world surfing records were set. Take a break here to enjoy lunch. Lastly, wander around the narrow medieval streets of Óbidos. Try ginja, a traditional sour cherry liquor, and relax before heading back to Lisbon. 

From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

6. From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

Step back in time and enjoy a private tour through streets of the walled town of Óbidos, the best-preserved "museum village" in Portugal. Also, visit the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, one of the biggest 18th-century baroque palaces in Europe. Explore Óbidos, which was conquered by Portugal´s first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal’s history. Here you will visit the various highlights of the Fortified village of Óbidos. Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts. Discover the palace of Mafra. A magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palaces from the 18th century. Learn about its construction, which began on November 17, 1717, integrating four buildings in one: the palace, the convent, the basilica, and a library. The complex covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 sqm2). It includes an incredible 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways, and 29 inner yards and courtyards. Walkthrough the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 m long) that is made of limestone and marble from the Óbidos, Pêro Pinheiro, and Sintra regions.  Go inside the library, one of the most important in Europe. The impressive library has an enormous variety of books, more than 30.000 volumes, from the XVth to the XVIIIth century. Look up to see two massive towers flanking the palace. Next, see the basilica, a “centerpiece” of the facade having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, commissioned by D. João V. Note that If you are visiting in July, Óbidos castle hosts a traditional ‘Medieval Market’. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with daily parades, hundreds of entertainers and stall workers dressed as traditional merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers, and more. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.

From Lisbon: Óbidos and Coimbra Private Guided Tour

7. From Lisbon: Óbidos and Coimbra Private Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of hotel pick up in Lisbon and head to the first stop, the medieval village of Óbidos. A favorite of the Portuguese Queens, this village boasts charming small streets and ancient castle walls and is known as one of the most romantic spots near Lisbon.  Journey 2 hours onward to the city of Coimbra, home to the University of Coimbra, the oldest Portuguese university and one of the oldest in Europe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, many come to admire the University's elegant Joanina Library, a Baroque library from the XVII century. Admire the elaborate azulejo wall tiles of São Miguel Chapel and visit the tomb of the first Portuguese King before enjoying free time to explore the city center.  After a day full of touring, return to Lisbon in an air-conditioned car.

Tomar and Obidos: The Roman Legacy Villages Private Tour

8. Tomar and Obidos: The Roman Legacy Villages Private Tour

Visit three of Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this private tour from Lisbon. First stop is the scenic village of Obidos, where you will walk around and admire the medieval streets and buildings dating back hundreds of years. Next stop is the village of Tomar, famous for its castle. Learn about the strong legacy left over from Roman times. See the monument to the Knights Templar as well as the Convent Of Christ. Continue to the historical fishing village of Nazare to take in its breathtaking views. Then take a walk around the Monastery of Batalha, built in the Gothic style of architecture.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

Begin your private day trip as you are picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon. Visit the sacred Catholic site at Fátima and see the Monastery of Batalha, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel to the fishing village of Nazaré and then explore the medieval town of Óbidos. Start your adventure as you are taken from your hotel in Lisbon to Fátima. Observe one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world. Discover Portugal's varied landscape and visit the Dominican convent at the Monastery of Batalha, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your tour as you go to Vila de Nazaré, a fishing village well known for its gigantic wave of 30 meters that emerged at Praia do Norte and was surfed by surfing legend Garrett Mcnamara in 2011. Taste traditional cherry liqueur in the medieval town of Óbidos and return to Lisbon.

From Lisboa: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Full-Day Tour

10. From Lisboa: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Lisbon, travel to one of the 3 sites in the world where the apparition of Virgin Mary is confirmed by the Vaticano, one of the most important Christian sanctuaries in the world, located in Fatima. Visit a religious item factory, where you can acquire those items to be blessed in the Sanctuary. Next, head to Batalha village, with a stop at the monastery of Batalha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the main European inspirations during the gothic architecture period. After, head towards Nazaré, a fisherman's village with beautiful white houses and stunning cliffs. Explore the village and enjoy its traditional costumes. Discover the place that has the biggest waves of the world, where surfers from worldwide come to beat the worlds surf record during the giants season. On the way back to he hotel, pass at the medieval village of Óbidos. Due to its proximity to the coast, it has been occupied by various civilizations throughout the centuries including Lusitanians, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors, who each left their mark on the area. You will find a castle well preserve, filled up with a labyrinth of streets and white houses. Discover and enjoy the local costums, such as the chocolate or our traditional Ginjinha, that is locally produced at the region.

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What people are saying about Obidos Castle

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

we were transported in a vehicle which was clean and super comfortable and John our driver and guide was a careful driver. He was a lively and informative guide who’s knowledge of the two sites was expansive. We had ample time at both sites, and learned so much from John, info which we would not have been able to find out by ourselves. We especially loved walking on top of the walls of Obidos, and the long inner corridors of the Mafra Palace. John even provided a recommendation for a quick lunch which was a local bakery where the food was excellent. We would highly recommend this tour. Thanks John!

What a great experience!! Cesar was our driver and guide in one. He arrived for pickup earlier, greeted us with big smile and strong handshake! His car was spotless! When we were driving he shared a lot interesting facts from history of Portugal. We enjoyed every minute we spent in his company. Highly recommended for his professionalism, knowledge and genuine personality.

Like traveling with our grown son. Very laid back, casual. Saw everything we wanted and more. We really appreciated the fact Fabio didn’t try to fill our heads with names and dates we could never remember, which allowed us to enjoy the scenery. Obrigado!

Gonçalo was very attentive, punctual and mastered the historical information of each place. It was a very pleasant tour and I would definitely recommend it to others. Another point was that he drives super well so I felt very safe.

Having Eduardo as our tour guide really made a difference. We had a great time with lots of laughs as he took us to Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos. His history knowledge is great and made every visit interesting.