Castelo de Óbidos
Castle in Óbidos
The Castelo de Óbidos or Castle of Óbidos is a medieval castle located in the town of Óbidos, Portugal. The castle dates back to the 12th century and was built by King Sancho I to defend the town from invading forces.
The castle has a rectangular shape with walls that are approximately 30 feet high. It features a large tower, a cistern, and a chapel dedicated to Saint Martin. The castle’s architecture reflects both Romanesque and Gothic styles, and it has been well-preserved over the centuries.
In the 16th century, the castle was renovated by King Manuel I, who added a Renaissance-style palace. The palace features beautiful painted tiles and is now used as a hotel and event venue.
Visitors to the castle can walk along its walls and explore its interior, which houses a small museum dedicated to the history of Óbidos. From the castle walls, visitors can also enjoy stunning views of the town and surrounding countryside.
The Castle of Óbidos is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the town’s rich history and cultural heritage. It is a must-see destination for anyone interested in medieval architecture and Portuguese history.
Opening Hours of Castelo de Óbidos
In general, the castle is open to visitors every day of the week except for some national holidays. During the high season (May to September), the castle usually opens at 9:00 am and closes at 7:00 pm. During the low season (October to April), the castle may close earlier, usually at 5:00 pm.