Óbidos is both a town and municipality within the Silver Coast region of Portugal. It is situated 80km north of Lisbon and at the last census, taken in 2011, the population was recorded as 11,722, with approximately 3,100 people living in the actual town.
The town of Óbidos is enclosed by a fortified wall and is located at the top of a hill. It continues to be a well preserved example of medieval architecture, and often hosts festivals throughout the year which tourists love to visit. Óbidos town consists of olde-worlde cobbled streets, quaint houses, the castle walls and the medieval castle itself which is currently a hotel.
Óbidos is renowned for it’s famous Ginjinha (Ginja) de Óbidos – a liqueur made from the fruit ginja, which is similar to cherries – and served in mini chocolate cups along the main streets of Óbidos.
Óbidos has 7 civil parishes (freguesias):
- A dos Negros
- Olho Marinho
- Santa Maria, São Pedro e Sobral da Lagoa
Before the 15th century, Óbidos had a natural harbour on it’s western edge. Following several winter storms, sandbars were formed which created the present coastline some 10km from Óbidos, and reduced the flow of the water to the harbour. The harbour has since become known as the Óbidos Lagoon, and offers a wide range of water sports, cycle tracks, walkways and a restaurant with amazing views over the lagoon.
Óbidos is served by buses from Lisbon, Campo Grande which takes about an hour.
Óbidos train station in served by the regional train service, stopping at several places along the way from Lisbon, and takes around 2 hours.
Schools in Óbidos provide education from Pré-escolar (ages 3-6), Primeiro Ciclo (ages 6-10), Segundo ciclo (ages 10 – 15) and Terceiro Ciclo (ages 15 – 18).
Other activities near to Óbidos, within the Silver Coast area, include:
- The famous Praia D’el Rey golf complex, one of the top golf resorts in Europe
- Royal Óbidos – Spa & Golf Resort.
- Buddha Eden in nearby Bombarral