Castelo de Óbidos


You can walk around the unprotected muro (wall) for uplifting views over the town and surrounding countryside. The walls date from Moorish times (later restored), but the castelo (castle) itself is one of Dom Dinis’ 13th-century creations. It has a stern edifice, with lots of towers, battlements and big gates. Converted into a palace in the 16th century (some Manueline touches add levity), it’s now a deluxe pousada.

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1. Igreja de Santa Maria


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2. Museu Municipal

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3. Porta da Vila

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The main gate of Óbidos' historic centre bears the King João IV-ordered inscription, 'A Virgem Nossa Senhora foi concebida sem pecado original' ('The…

4. Muro de Óbidos

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Óbidos' dramatic, fully intact Moorish wall imposingly surrounds the historical centre of town and stretches in a completed loop of 1560m, all of which…

5. Santuário do Senhor da Pedra

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6. Aqueduto de Óbidos


The impressive 3km-long aqueduct, southeast of the main gate, dates from the 16th century.

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