LISBOA & ÓBIDOS on the right bank of the broad tagus (tejo) river estuary, the capital of portugal graciously reclines over rolling hills. lisboa was almost destroyed in 1755 by a terrible earthquake. it was rebuilt according to the plans outlined by the marquis of pombal. the unique characteristics of sintra have led unesco to classify it as a world heritage site. it was even necessary to create a special category for the purpose - cultural landscapes. the medieval town of óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in portugal. along the castle within the walls, you will find a maze of cobblestone streets, manueline porticoes, colorful window boxes and small squares.