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  • Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

    1. Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

    The Berlengas archipelago is situated 16km west of Peniche, a powerful granite block which belongs to the parish of St. Peter, in the Peniche municipality. The archipelago is a protected area that includes various nature reserves and is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011. Depart from the harbor of Peniche and enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride along the turquoise sea waters. Arrive at the Berlengas harbor from where you will be able to freely explore the archipelago. Start with a visit to the São João Baptista fort built in the 17th-century. This little fort is one of the most visually striking buildings in Portugal. After this, go for a swim at Praia do Carreiro do Mosteiro, the only beach that is accessible and safe to swim from. Next, find the café and restaurant on the island before taking the ferry back to Peniche

    Bring a small backpack and sneakers so you can walk around the island. It is very small, half a day is more than enough if you don't do other activities like visiting the caves. The beach is very small and if you want to chill you may have not space to do it.

  • From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

    2. From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

    Benefit from pick-up in Lisbon city center, and then take a scenic drive to the shrine of Fatima. Learn more about the important Catholic pilgrimage site before going to the Gothic convent at Batalha. Admire the Manueline style of architecture typical of Portugal in the 16th century, and then enjoy a delicious lunch of regional food. Next, visit the beautiful seaside resort of Nazaré, popular with surfers and water sports fans. See the statue of the black Virgin Mary by Saint Joseph and look at the colorful fishing boats on the sandy beach from the top of the rock. Try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja in the medieval village of Obidos, and soak up the fairytale atmosphere of the cobbled paths and small medieval houses. Browse the handicraft stores along narrow streets, and then journey back to Lisbon through the lovely landscapes of central Portugal.

    Definitely highly recommended if you want to visit 4 different towns in one day only. Nidia was great and her Italian is fabulous!

  • Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour

    3. Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour

    This 8-hour from Lisbon stops first at Fátima, where the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred. Explore the Sanctuary and experience the peaceful environment of this pilgrimage site. Visit the Chapel of the Apparition and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the houses of the little shepherds as well. Continue the journey to Nazare, known around the world for its giant waves and McNamara's world record for the largest wave ever surfed. Enjoy lunch at the beach and see the giant waves for yourself. Next stop is Óbidos, a place of ancient legends and miracles. Enter the walls of the most romantic village in Portugal and experience what it was like to live in medieval times.

    This was one of my best trips ever. The guide, Andre Feldman, is excellent in explaining the history and culture of these cities. I would definitely recommend this trip when visiting Lisbon.

  • Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos Small Group Tour

    4. Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos Small Group Tour

    Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims on a full-day sightseeing tour of Central Portugal from Lisbon. Transfer from the Portuguese capital, and drive through a vast variety of landscapes. Your first stop will be the extraordinary town of Fátima, where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before 3 children every month between May 1917 and October 1917. Now one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, the complex contains the tombs of 2 of the young shepherd children, the crown of the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions, and a section of the Berlin Wall (said to be a tribute to God’s part in the fall of communism) . Next, go to the city of Batalha to see the 14th-century Batalha Monastery, built by King John I to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Spanish during the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. Most of the monument was completed...

    I love this tour. It was an amazing experience with Tania, our tour guide, who has vast knowledge of Portugal history. The tour was never rushed and we were given enough time for ourselves to wander around a certain area. Safety and security was also highlighted and i’ve felt that i was really taken care of. Thank you very much Lisbon Riders specially to Tanya for making this tour an unforgettable experience.

  • Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon

    5. Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon

    Head to the Atlantic Coast from Lisbon, visit the romantic village of Óbidos, and see the important religious pilgrimage site of Fátima. This journey takes you into the rolling hills of the Portuguese countryside and on to the coast. Experience life as a religious pilgrim when you visit the Sanctuary of Fátima. This is one of Christianity’s most important sites, receiving around 5 million visitors every year. You’ll learn about the visitations of the Virgin Mary to 3 local children as you view the stained glass art, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and more. Next, you’ll discover the stunning 14th-century Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the lovely Gothic windows in the west façade and admire the stained glass art in the interior that depicts the Visitation, the Adoration of the Magi, the Flight into Egypt, and the Resurrection. You can visit the Founder's Ch...

    Ruis was knowleable and friendly. Places were interesting and food was good in Nazaré.

  • From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Óbidos Shuttle Tour

    6. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Óbidos Shuttle Tour

    Leaving from your hotel in Lisbon, this tour is for the devout as well as for those who love the history of Portugal. Fátima is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world, and it will be your first stop so that you may visit the site where Our Lady of Fátima appeared in 1917 to the three shepherd children. You will also visit the Basilica, where Francisco, Jacinta Marto and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), the largest Catholic sanctuary and the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions).  The tour continues to breathtaking and rural Batalha where the monastery awaits you. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that celebrates the Battle of Aljubarrota and is the best example of Gothic architecture in Portugal with traces of Manueline architecture. Alcobaça is a city not to be missed by those who wish to feel the hospitality...

    It was a tour that helped us visit many historical and cultural monuments, which are difficult to reach by train or bus

  • Batalha Monastery Entrance Ticket

    7. Batalha Monastery Entrance Ticket

    Explore the Batalha Monastery, a hidden architectural gem in the Iberian Peninsula, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.  Step back in time and learn about the rich history of this Dominican monastery, built in 1385 after the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota. Built with funding from King João I, the vast complex, which is also a royal pantheon, is considered the most significant example of Portuguese Gothic and Manueline style. Marvel at the colorful array of Portuguese medieval stained glass windows, which can be admired from the impressive columns of the Chapel. Look up and gaze at the impressive central nave of the church, standing at an impressive 32.5 metres and resting on eight columns on either side. Next, head to the domed Chapter Hall and walk through the collection of carved cloisters that give access to the monaste...

  • Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

    8. Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

    Take a full-day, multi-city tour that brings you to some of Portugal's most popular medieval and 20th-century architectural and religious marvels, beginning in Lisbon and ending in Fátima. Depart from Lisbon by bus at 9:00 and head to Óbidos, the 'wedding present town'. This is the town that King Dinis gave to his bride, Queen Isabel, on their wedding day in 1282. This romantic village is surrounded by the 45-foot-high walls of a medieval Moorish castle, the famous Pousada do Castelo. Stop for lunch in colorful Nazaré, a traditional Portuguese fishing village. If time permits, head to Sítio to enjoy a beautiful view of the beach and ocean. Then, kick off the afternoon with a trip to Batalha Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful stained-glass windows and the Manueline-style Royal Cloister. Arrive at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a center of Catholic faith...

    This tour was very interesting, beautiful. The tour guide did not interpret everything into English that she did into other languages. The tour could’ve been shorter. We spent a lot of time that was not necessary especially at our last stop where are most everything was closed

  • Full-Day Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos Tour

    9. Full-Day Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos Tour

    Following a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon, you’ll travel in an air-conditioned, 8-seat vehicle to the Fatima Sanctuary. Learn about the miracle of the apparition of the Virgin to local shepherd children in 1917.  Next, your 8-hour tour moves west to the coast, with a stop at Batalha to visit the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most fascinating Gothic monuments in Europe. King John I of Portugal built the monastery to give thanks to the Virgin Mary over a battle against Spanish troops in 1385. After lunch, you’ll visit Sítio, a clifftop village that offers some of the best views in Portugal. From high on the cliffs surrounding Nazaré, you’ll learn about the legend of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré. The statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is one of the oldest Christian art pieces. Continuing on, you’ll fall in love with the colorful, romantic village of Obidos. Its w...

    Outstanding tour and very friendly driver/ guide. I will use this company for all my future travel to Portugal.

  • From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

    10. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

    Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Fátima and learn why millions of pilgrims make their way to the sanctuary each year. Continue to Batalha to see some of the best 14th-century architecture in Portugal, including the monastery built in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota. Next, go to the charming seaside town of Nazaré and savor some fresh fish at lunch (own expense). Take a scenic coastal drive through São Martinho do Porto and the Óbidos Lagoon en route to the medieval walled village of Óbidos. Stroll around the cobbled streets and taste some authentic ginjinha (cherry liqueur).

    We booked this tour on the last minute and are totally happy we did it. The 4 small towns are totally different from each other. Paolo our guide was very good in what he is doing, friendly and a great guide. We highly recommend him. Thanks a lot Paolo.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Óbidos?

    Óbidos is popular day-trip option for visitors to Lisbon, and it's certainly possible to see all the attractions in a day. However, consider a night's stay if you have the time.

  • Getting around

    Óbidos is one hour from Lisbon. There's frequent bus service on Rápido Verde from Lisbon's Campo Grande underground station on weekdays, but it's limited on weekends. If you travel by car, take the A8 toll highway or avoid the charge by taking alternative routes. You'll find parking outside the medieval walls, since driving in the town is for locals only. You can reach all of Óbidos' main attractions by foot.

  • Where to stay in Óbidos

    You'll find a handful of accommodations within and outside the city walls. The castle was the country's first in the chain of pousadas, which are historical or traditional buildings that have been renovated to provide lodging around the country.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    The months of May and October are optimal in terms of sightseeing-friendly weather, hotel pricing, and other factors. In the spring, the Portuguese hillsides will be carpeted with flowers, and in the fall, the water might still be warm enough to go for a dip!

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What people are saying about Obidos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,466 reviews

Bring a small backpack and sneakers so you can walk around the island. It is very small, half a day is more than enough if you don't do other activities like visiting the caves. The beach is very small and if you want to chill you may have not space to do it.

Very nice tour well organized with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. I'd suggest more time at Obidos, maybe a half hour more to do the complete city walls walk.

One of the most enjoyable day trips in my life. I would love to go back one day and stay on the island overnight.

Magnificent island to do absolutely if you are in the area !! book before because otherwise more places ...

Great tour, friendly and and knowledge guide, small group.