STAY IN A FOR­TI­FIED CITY

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Travel Secrets -

You know… Dubrovnik, Croa­tia

Blame bud­get flights, Game of Thrones, or even those daz­zling Dal­ma­tian views, but Dubrovnik’s epic vis­i­tor num­bers have prompted the au­thor­i­ties to cap the num­bers of those al­lowed into its an­cient walled old town to 4,000 per day...

But what about… Óbidos, Por­tu­gal

While it can’t con­jure the same clifftop views as its Dal­ma­tian ri­val, the west-coast hilltop town of Óbidos doesn’t lack for scenery. What be­gan as a tiny Ro­man set­tle­ment is now one of Por­tu­gal’s most beau­ti­ful es­capes, hav­ing re­tained its cob­bled streets, white-washed fa­cades, me­dieval churches and tow­er­ing Moor­ish cas­tle (care­fully re­built af­ter an earth­quake in 1755), which glares down over the cen­tre. En­ter the town through the pret­tily tiled gate and lose your­self in the nar­row, flow­er­strewn streets and pas­try shops, be­fore clam­ber­ing onto the ram­parts (about an hour’s walk) to tip­toe the for­ti­fi­ca­tions.

The high­est point in town is the cas­tle – now a charm­ing pou­sada (inn) – and stays overnight let you soak it all in af­ter the last of the day-trip­pers fade away, while the nearby Ber­lenga ar­chi­pel­ago and its strik­ing 17th­cen­tury sea fort are also on the doorstep.

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