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Europe’s Best Affordable Castle Hotels: Óbidos Pousada

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Óbidos Pousada, Óbidos, Portugal

The walled town of Óbidos is a highlight of many tourist circuits, but only a select few can overnight in the 12th-century castle’s plush pousada. The 17 spacious rooms, each named after a king or queen, feature whitewashed walls, four-poster canopied beds, and Manueline touches like azulejo-tiled bathrooms and arrow-slit windows with views onto the windmills and vineyards. The restaurant’s Portuguese cuisine includes earthy dishes like honey-roasted duck and thyme-infused veal. For those seeking a bit of majestic leisure, the hotel can arrange carriage rides, lake rowing, and even hunts. pousadas.pt; from $176.

—Adam H. Graham


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