I love visiting small cities, where time stood still before I was even born. I like freedom they give. Freedom of wandering without a to-do list or must-sees. Something that happens only in places where you need no map.
Tiny cities are local paradises for slow travelers, or at least this is how I see it. Tiny cities in southern Europe very often have something more to them. They are also a history lesson, a preserved piece of a fairy tale that was told centuries before.
Portugal is full of these gems. One of them is located just an hour outside of Lisbon. It’s called Óbidos and you can’t afford skipping it if you are around. It’s just too pretty. Imagine a little settlement of picture perfect white houses, red roofs and narrow cobbled streets encircled by well preserved fortified walls. And yes, it’s located on a hilltop with an unspoiled view.
It’s so perfect it will hurt your eyes and make your camera battery die. Trust me on that one.
I don’t think I could ever stay there overnight without turning into a capricious princess. I’m not sure if anyone could, but I’d recommend it as an easy day trip from Lisbon. Be prepared for cuteness overload.
How to get to Óbidos from Lisbon?
You can get there by bus. RODOTEJO buses go to Óbidos from Lisbon Campo Grande terminal. You will need a Rapida Verde line. The ticket is 7,70 euro one way and you buy it in the bus. The bus schedule is available here.
Well, I only have one piece of advice: if you are up for a day trip, get your dinner back in Lisbon. I found Óbidos ridiculously overpriced and I’m afraid it’s not only my impression…I didn’t really try any souvenir shops, but I guess it’s not very different from the eateries.
Have you ever been there? Would you like to go?