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!