Europe's Most Beautiful Villages
Hemis / Alamy
A slice of medieval Iberia has been preserved within the crenelated walls of Óbidos on a hilltop near Portugal’s western coast. Since enchanting Queen Isabel in the 13th century (the town was a gift from her husband King Dinis), Óbidos has continued to impress visitors who pass through its formidable fortifications. Inside the ramparts is a warren of whitewashed villas draped with bougainvillea, plus cobblestoned walkways and plenty of bars serving ginjinha, a local liquor made with sour cherries.