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Parking is a pain in the butt; just look at this photo. The roads are narrow, hilly, and bumpy, so unless you are as adept as the locals at navigating these ridiculous roads I would recommend not trying to park within the walls of the town. In fact, I don't think you can drive into the walled village unless you are a resident or merchant there. There are plenty of parking lots just outside the town walls that are easy to access; the walk into town is rather short. By the main entrance near the Porta da Vila and tourism center there is a metered parking lot.
To avoid problems with driving and parking altogether, take a bus. Rede Expressos is the main national bus service, with services to Obidos from main cities such as Lisbon.
Updated Mar 29, 2005
The best way to get to Obidos is by bus. The bus stop is close to the town centre. Obidos is situated on a hill. If you take the train you have to walk up. :-(. The train station is down and a couple of kilometers from the town. There are no buses and I didn't see any taxi stand.
Written Jan 9, 2005
The best way to get from Lisbon to Obidos is by bus. Rodotejo (leaving from Campo Grande) has a daily service to Obidos: at 3.45 p.m. on working days, at 4.45 p.m. on Saturdays and at 7.25 p.m. on Sundays.
From Obidos to Lisbon, the bus services are: at 7.05 a.m., 4.10 p.m. and 6.10 p.m. on working days, at 8.40 a.m. on Saturdays.
As an alternative, you can go by train. Just take the train to Sintra (at the Rossio station), then change trains at the Cacem station. Takes about 2 hours to get there.
Written Oct 20, 2004
Our little Fiat Punto rental served us well on our tour of the Portugese countryside. By this, the 9th day since we had left Lisbon, it had racked up 2300 km (1420 miles) as we pulled into Obidos.
Even with its small size, there were a number of historical towns and villages where cars were not allowed inside - and Obidos was one of them. We parked just outside the main southern gate in a metered parking lot beside the tourist information area. Things were starting to get a bit busier as we neared the Lisbon area, with quite a few large tour busses also parked there.
In the end, we put enough money in the meter to give us 2 hours to tour Obidos on foot (we arrived at about 11:30 AM). Our real destination for the day was 'Ilha da Berglenga', just off the coast a few miles away in Peniche. The photo shows our car parked later that evening in the streets of Peniche, as we get a bird's eye view from our accommodations.
Updated Oct 18, 2004
right beside my parked car this beautifull carriage. there just to carry tourist around and inside Obidos. didn't try thou...
easy to figure it out that it would be a very expensive but wonderfull ride. i'll try next time...
Updated Oct 14, 2004
You can easily get to Obidos leaving Lisbon through A8 heading Leiria. You will see the signs letting you know what the right exist is, cant miss it.
Personally I would prefer to take a secondary road and enjoy the drive, but you better have a map and be prepared to ask for directions.
Written Sep 17, 2004
To go to Obidos you take a train from Lisboa-Rossio to Cacem and then another train from Cacem to Obidos. The single journey ticket costs around 6 Euros.
When you leave the train in Obidos turn around and look up the hill, there is the castle. Cross the railways and there are some stairs that take you up the to the castle.
Written Apr 11, 2004
The best way to explore Obidos is on foot. No other way would be possible, as cars are not allowed inside the walls. Bring comfortable shoes with you since the streets are cobbled and going up and down, apart from stairs and walking on the castle's walls.
Updated Feb 10, 2004
Obidos is about 80 km from Lisbon and it's easy to get there by car. There is a highway in Lisbon called A8 that takes you straight to the village, just follow the exit sign that says Obidos. You must pay a toll on highway - in February 2004 the toll was 5.30euros each way. Once you arrive to Obidos, you must park your car by the main entrance (Village Doors), as the cars are not allowed inside. You must pay to park your car, there is a park meter there - just insert the coins and leave the paper inside your car on a visible place.
Written Feb 10, 2004
By car, departing from Lisbon, take the A8 highway and exit at the sign to Óbidos. From Oporto, take the A1 highway and go as far as Leiria, where you take route EN1 until Batalha (S. Jorge) where you follow the direction of Caldas da Rainha. Arriving at Tornada take the A8 (IC1) and exit to Óbidos.
From Lisbon the distance is 73 Km, from Oporto it's 245 Km.
Park outside the walls.
Written Oct 26, 2003
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