As wedding presents go, it's hard to better the kings of Portugal, who would gift Óbidos to their new queens in a tradition that lasted six centuries. But even without this royal seal of approval, Óbidos has plenty to (politely) shout about. For one thing, this medieval town stands close to an attractive area of Atlantic coast in Portugal's Leiria District.
Still encircled by its ancient city walls, this hilltop town is dominated by a magnificent castle. Its towers look out over a landscape dotted with vineyards and windmills, and down towards the central square's Igreja de Santa Maria, which was the site of the wedding of Afonso V and Isabel. It took place when the former was ten and his bride only eight.
Around it, narrow cobbled streets lined with finely painted buildings remain largely unchanged since the era when the castle still welcomed knights in armour, providing an intriguing look back in time. Óbidos is also well known for its bookshops – of which there are around 15 – and nearby golf courses, including the celebrated Praia D'el Rey golf complex.