Linda's International Trip Journal travel blog

My room is in the white part under the tower. Last two...

From one end to the other of Obidos the castle wall goes...

The arch in the bottom left is the ONLY way in by...

Countryside outside the walled town.

Just me and hundreds of school kids on a class trip.

Beautiful cobble stone streets in the town and lots of products for...

I'm almost halfway around, near the Roman Tower.

Ginjinha, my new favorite drink. Portuguese cherry brandy served in a dark...

Pretty town of Obidos.


It may not have been an easy trip from Sintra to Obidos, mainly because I didn't follow directions, but it was well worth the trouble. It was one of my best decisions to book a night in this Castle/Palace. The steep climb from the deserted train station could have been avoided if I had called the Pousada do Palacio for them to send a taxi for me. My room for $150 was in one of the castle towers with a view of the inner keep. My day here was another one of sunshine and I walked the entire wall around the town. At 10:30 AM the buses of tourists began arriving. Hundreds of school children on class trips and mostly oriental tourists. But by 1 PM everyone left and it was as though I was the only person there again. I was told only 78 permanent residents are left in the town. Most have sold to live in more convenient locations. Being a UNESCO site means it is difficult to make any improvements and there isn't much driving within the walls.

I loved my day here and so far it is the highlight of my trip!

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