The medieval, walled town of Óbidos is just 85km from Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon but it seems like a step back into time.
Its steep, winding cobbled alleys are lined with whitewashed houses sporting pops of indigo blue and sunflower yellow colours. Unruly bougainvillaea branches spread over their facades, and elsewhere, pots of colourful flowers brighten up the houses.
I instantly fell in love with this pretty town, which has been declared by UNESCO as a City of Literature, one of the only 20 such cities in the world. An old church has been converted into a bookstore, the town’s organic market sells fresh produce and books, there’s even a literary-themed hotel!
I stayed at The Literary Man Hotel, a bibliophile’s dream come true. Every available space is lined with books, from the lobby to the restaurant to the breakfast buffet and even the rooms.
I’m sure these photos will make you plan your trip to Óbidos, Portugal asap!
I wrote in detail about the Literary Town of Óbidos, Portugal for The Hindu Business Line’s weekend magazine BLink. Read it here.