The walled town

Óbidos in Portugal is famous for being

A perfectly preserved walled settlement.

Walls

The castle and its walls date back

To Roman times

Walls looming

But as you walk the narrow and steep cobbled streets,

You meet all kinds of buildings ranging from Gothic

To Renaissance and Baroque standing shoulder to shoulder.

Church and wall

The city gate is a gorgeous

Blue tiled balcony.

Tiled balcony

The town was very much geared for tourism

So my favourite parts of it

Were the secret alleys,

Secret stairs

The quirky old stone houses

Blue striped house

And far-away glimpses

Of purple splashes against old tiled roofs.

Purple splash

For more historic sights, please visit: Our World.

90 responses

  1. It all looks so gorgeous! 🙂

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    June 29, 2015 at 15:21

  2. Óbidos is truly beautiful! 🙂 It still has a lot of its medieval characteristics!

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    June 29, 2015 at 15:29

  3. Beautiful images of them all, brilliance Fi.

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    June 29, 2015 at 15:30

  4. OOOOOOOOO, the secret alleys! Where are the curled up cats? xx

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    June 29, 2015 at 15:40

  5. What a beautiful town. So many wonderful things to see and photograph. Thanks for sharing.

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    June 29, 2015 at 15:47

  6. A walled city seemingly frozen in time with various architectural period – fabulous. Love the tiled roofs too!

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    June 29, 2015 at 15:52

  7. I’m ready to pack up and go visit now…gorgeous architecture and touches of color 🙂 elegantly photographed.

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    June 29, 2015 at 16:11

  8. WOW, what a great place to visit.

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    June 29, 2015 at 16:15

  9. so lovely, wish to go there 🙂

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    June 29, 2015 at 16:26

  10. Gorgeous architecture Fiona, what a wonderful walk through the town.

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    June 29, 2015 at 16:58

  11. Great to see this city, I couldn’t visit this place.

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    June 29, 2015 at 17:02

  12. quite beautiful!

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    June 29, 2015 at 17:39

  13. Seeing what we evolved from is so enlightening. The pics are an education in the time that humans send in the pursuit of their everyday lives. Think of constructing those buildings in that manner today.

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    June 29, 2015 at 17:59

  14. Beautiful. I love those blues…

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    June 29, 2015 at 18:25

  15. It is so beautiful there!

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    June 29, 2015 at 18:31

  16. Wonderful photos of Obidos!

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    June 29, 2015 at 20:03

  17. Don

    Such a beautiful town. I love the roofs of the houses and the colour is wonderful.

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    June 29, 2015 at 20:21

  18. A beautiful village !! beautiful ceramics – a very pleasant visit, thank you

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    June 29, 2015 at 21:04

  19. Wow, a gorgeous series, Fiona. A fantastic place to visit. The colors of your pictures are great. Greetings, Joke

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    June 29, 2015 at 21:36

  20. Jim

    What a wonderful place to get lost in, Fiona! Do people live in these houses/buildings? The ‘blues’ almost have a Greek flare, eh?

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    June 29, 2015 at 21:48

    • Yes, the town is still lived in and the old castle is now a pousada – or inn owned by Portugal.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      June 30, 2015 at 05:38

  21. Thanks for the lovely tour. My favorites are the tiled balcony and the secret alleys. The castle is amazing and I love the purple blooming tree. Gorgeous images, have a happy week!

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    June 29, 2015 at 21:51

  22. such a beautiful little town. great images.

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    June 29, 2015 at 22:07

  23. So beautiful, all those rich deep layers of history rubbing shoulders together

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    June 29, 2015 at 22:51

  24. Gorgeous pictures… 🙂

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    June 29, 2015 at 23:01

  25. Marvelous!ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
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    June 29, 2015 at 23:12

  26. How beautiful.
    I suspect that most wall towned were built for military reasons, and love that we are now able to celebrate the picturesque instead.

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    June 29, 2015 at 23:25

  27. lol, plants can grow everywhere 🙂 Nice place, still.

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    June 29, 2015 at 23:31

  28. Such a sense of history in these pictures, I can imagine the people of the past walking through these streets. Quite thrilling, really.

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    June 29, 2015 at 23:45

  29. Ron

    Oh, what STUNNING photographs, Fiona!

    I love them all, but the blued titled balcony, secret alleys, and purple splashes against old tiled roofs are my faves!

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip. What a fabulous place. And you captured the “feel” of it so well!

    Have a super week, my friend!
    X

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    June 30, 2015 at 00:07

  30. Beautiful. I love the blue and the secret alleys. Amazing shots.
    Carla

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    June 30, 2015 at 00:37

  31. How beautiful these are, Fi!
    I really love the texture of the roofs.

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    June 30, 2015 at 01:12

  32. I agree with you, I like the little hidden alleys and byways that tourists don’t seem interested in. That is also usually where the best restaurants are found. Loved your photos as I’ve never been to Portugal.

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    June 30, 2015 at 01:49

  33. Looks like a wonderful place to explore.

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    June 30, 2015 at 04:13

  34. although i have never been to Obidos, this is the portugal i know and just like where i grew up. Serpa, Beja, Estremoz… this makes me feel homesick

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    June 30, 2015 at 04:27

  35. gorgeous. thanks for the free tour.

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    June 30, 2015 at 06:21

  36. Beautiful images of beautiful place in the world!

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    June 30, 2015 at 06:36

  37. Gorgeous captures!!

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    June 30, 2015 at 06:56

  38. Jim

    Brilliant photos.

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    June 30, 2015 at 07:11

  39. Beautiful old houses. I love the red roofs.

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    June 30, 2015 at 09:23

  40. really pretty!! From the far away castle to the wisteria against the white adobe walls.

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    June 30, 2015 at 11:52

  41. Very beautiful!

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    June 30, 2015 at 12:59

  42. What a magical place to visit. It reminds me of Santa Fe when I was a little kid, when non millionaires could live there. We would come down out of the mountains to visit and walking around one could see glimpses of the courtyards of the old adobe houses with bright red roses and small alleyways and twisty narrow streets.

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    June 30, 2015 at 13:48

    • Sounds magical!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      June 30, 2015 at 19:27

  43. Wonderful and interesting place, very nice photos

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    June 30, 2015 at 14:30

  44. A beautiful place! I love the last photo!

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    June 30, 2015 at 14:45

  45. Al

    That is a beautiful old town, and I agree about the less-traveled places within it being the best.

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    June 30, 2015 at 15:06

  46. Beautiful!!

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    June 30, 2015 at 17:03

  47. Wonderful views of fortified town.

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    June 30, 2015 at 17:27

  48. Rahul

    Would love to be there:)

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    June 30, 2015 at 18:35

  49. Those would be my favorite parts too! I so love the architecture of this old town, just imagine building those walls!

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    June 30, 2015 at 18:38

  50. Lovely photos…….Portuguese tiles are so interesting!

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    June 30, 2015 at 20:04

  51. Lately I am so fascinated with these old walled in villages/town/cities in Europe. I just hope I have enough time and resources to visit them 🙂

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

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    June 30, 2015 at 20:27

  52. I would love to walk through the streets of this exquisite city! This is my first visit here; I came from Dawn Treader’s blog. Your photos are amazing! I’ll be back.

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    June 30, 2015 at 20:42

  53. Beautiful in its diversity and architecture!

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    June 30, 2015 at 21:20

  54. Beautiful photos! We visited Portugal a number of years ago and loved the place. Did you get to Madeira? It’s wonderful too.

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    June 30, 2015 at 21:22

  55. Love the blue tiles – and the blue stripes on the buildings!

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    June 30, 2015 at 21:26

  56. such wonderful images, love the tile and stone work!

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    June 30, 2015 at 21:58

  57. Lovely! Sometimes the buildings man can create is heart-wrenching in its beauty.

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    June 30, 2015 at 22:02

  58. JM

    I knew you wouldn’t miss Óbidos! 🙂 Really great shots.

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    June 30, 2015 at 22:05

  59. Gorgeous place and beautiful photography for OWT!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    July 1, 2015 at 00:18

  60. I like the red clay roofs and the magnificent castle walls!

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    July 1, 2015 at 00:32

  61. Pat

    Beautiful structures. I love the red-tiled roofs.

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    July 1, 2015 at 00:36

  62. What a beautiful place to explore.

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    July 1, 2015 at 00:37

  63. Beautiful architecture. What a city.

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    July 1, 2015 at 00:39

  64. Nice photos, yes, I love this amazing place, you’re great to capture the beauty with your camera !!

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    July 1, 2015 at 00:57

  65. very beautiful scenery

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    July 1, 2015 at 02:21

  66. It looks so pretty there, it makes me want to visit! 🙂

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    July 1, 2015 at 03:58

  67. Thanks for sharing these very nice views. Fascinating the secret alleys and the old stone houses.
    Have a pleasant Wednesday!

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    July 1, 2015 at 07:37

  68. Artistic blue line for picture no. 6 !

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    July 1, 2015 at 08:46

  69. That’s amazing that it hasn’t changed at all and is so intact !

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    July 1, 2015 at 12:01

  70. Just glorious! Love that blue tiled balcony.

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    July 1, 2015 at 12:09

  71. Love that blue-tiled balcony. Fabulous!

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    July 1, 2015 at 12:47

  72. wow! totally fascinating… love to take those pretty alleys admiring various building embraced within walls

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    July 1, 2015 at 12:55

  73. Marvelous photos of the old streets, houses, roofs and stones. Fantastic impressions of Portugal !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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    July 1, 2015 at 13:37

  74. Loved them all! I hope you all had a fabulous time!

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    July 1, 2015 at 16:34

  75. Don

    An excellent series of very interesting buildings in this walled settlement.

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    July 1, 2015 at 17:08

  76. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! 🙂

    Greetings from London.

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    July 1, 2015 at 22:43

  77. I certainly would enjoy exploring the buildings and alleys there too. Thanks for letting us tag along, LadyFi.

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    July 2, 2015 at 03:30

  78. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi; I have several PRECIOUS trip to Europe with my friend in my late 30’s and 40’s. Although haven’t been to Portugal, these gorgeous photographs sure reminds me of my great experiences(^_^)v
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in England, xoxo Miyako*

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    July 2, 2015 at 10:26

  79. I can’t imagine how careful they brick up the wall.

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    July 2, 2015 at 12:45

  80. Such an interesting visit and lovely captures!

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    July 3, 2015 at 08:33

  81. This was fun to see 🙂

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    July 3, 2015 at 11:34

  82. Girl Gone Expat

    Beautiful, I love these old cities. Lovely photos capturing the details of it!

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    July 4, 2015 at 00:30

  83. Wow! What would it be like to live there? Would we not see the beauty that guests see.
    Take 25 to Hollister

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    July 4, 2015 at 01:28

  84. so much history on these photos…

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    July 5, 2015 at 09:15

  85. daryledelstein

    oh i would have loved to wander there … fabulous photos

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    July 6, 2015 at 15:50

  86. You took me right back to my time in Madeira. Love those tiles.

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    July 7, 2015 at 10:26

  87. Oh how very lovely. That blue tile (?) work! It would be wonderful to wander through those alleys and it is always more fun to see how the ‘real’ people live than only to visit the touristy parts of town.

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    July 9, 2015 at 06:29

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