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Days 4-5
Next stop: Coimbra Previous stop: Lisbon Return to full itinerary »

After leaving Lisbon, take it easy with a meandering drive through the lush Estremadura region. Head to the walled village of Óbidos, which was once given as a wedding gift to Queen Isabel. Take a trip to the World Heritage Sites of Alcobaça and Batalha before finishing your trip with a visit to the medieval castle at Leiria, a hidden delight.

  • Architecture
  • History
  • Food and Wine


  • Walk along the circumference of the walled city of Óbidos, one of Portugal's prettiest hilltop towns. You'll be rewarded with stunning countryside views.
  • There's plenty to do in charming Alcobaça, with its impressive monastery and church, as well as the National Wine Museum.
  • Modern, industrial Leiria is famous for its impressive castle, one of the country's loveliest.


  • Each July, Óbidos switches into medieval mode for the 10-day Mercado Medieval fair.
  • Óbidos hosts a two-week Chocolate Festival each February.

Side Trips

  • Batalha, 11 mi/18 km northeast of Alcobaça, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery.
  • Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, roughly midway between Lisbon and Coimbra, contains more than 75,000 acres of parkland.