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The monumental palace facade dominates the town. Opposite is a pleasant square, Praça da República, which is lined with cafes and restaurants.

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$100.14 Day Trips & Excursions

Óbidos the Museum Village and Mafra Tour from Lisbon

Discover the palace of Mafra, a magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palace from the 18th century. Its construction began on November 17, 1717, and integrates 4 buildings in one: the palace, the convent, a basilica and a library.You will be walking though the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 meters long). Made entirely of limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost 4 hectares (37.790 sq.meters), including 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards.The library is one of the most important in Europe, having an enormous variety of books (more than 30,000 volumes) from the 15th-18th centuries.  Flanked by two towers, the basilica is the center piece of the facade, having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, and commissioned by D. João V. Then explore Óbidos, conquered by Portugal's first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal´s history. Here you will visit the various highlights of the fortified village of Óbidos: Fortified village of Óbidos, Igreja de São Pedro, Rua Direita, Capela de São Martinho, Igreja da Misericórdia, Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Santuário do Senhor Jesus da Pedra, Pelourinho e Telheiro.Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts.Each July, Óbidos castle hosts a traditional 'Medieval Market'. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe.Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with hundreds of entertainers and stall holders dressed as merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers and more. Visitors can shop at the traditional handcrafts fair or watch medieval shows, horse displays and a costumed parade that winds its way through the streets. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.

$84.24 Private & Custom Tours

Royal Private Tour of Palaces in Mafra Sintra and Queluz from Lisbon

Spend the day visiting breathtaking landscapes and Portugal's unique monuments on this private and customizable royal tour. After being picked up from your accommodation, the tour will begin with a drive towards Queluz National Palace. This was Europe's last Rococo palace to be built - explore the beautiful gardens and rich interiors.  Then we will drive you towards Mafra. Hometown of one of the most magnificent European Baroque convent and palace, it has a library considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. After spending some time exploring the palace - we will stop for a typical Portuguese lunch.  Afterwards, we will drive through the countryside towards the romantic village of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in order to visit the Pena National Palace and Park OR Sintra’s National Palace.Pena Palace built in several neo- architectural styles, this was one of the favorite palaces for our last royal family. Sintra National Palace was built throughout several different architectural styles and centuries in an organic architecture adapting to the terrain and homing a magnificent collection of tiles.   The tour ends with a return to Lisbon and drop-off at your accommodation.

$260.62 Day Trips & Excursions

Mafra and Ericeira Private Day Trip from Lisbon

This tour will take you to Mafra, about 45 m from Lisbon. There is placed the biggest Palace of Portugal, built in the eighteenth century by our megalomaniac King João V! This building was a palace and also a monastery To get an idea of the magnitude of this construction, we can say that the palace has a facade of 220 meters and has more than 600 rooms and 5200 doors and windows! Its support a park with about 20 km perimeter (Tapada de Mafra).After Mafra, Typical Village José Franco. José Franco was a sculptor and a pottery master who in 1945 had the idea to build a living museum to show the customs, labor activities and other aspects of rural life in his time. The result is this typical village with around 2,500m² that draws attention not only to preserve the memory of an Era but also for the perfectionism that small details were worked out. After this this, Ericeira, where you can have lunch and try the excellent fresh fish of the day! After lunch, nothing better than a walk in the village and the sea to gather strength.

$136.23 Day Trips & Excursions

Mafra and Ericeira Day Trip from Lisbon

Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your Lisbon hotel. From there, enjoy a brief ride to Mafra, about 45 minutes from Lisbon. Your guide will inform you about Mafra’s history as you tour the biggest palace in Portugal. After Mafra, venture to the quaint Portiguese village, José Franco. José Franco was a sculptor and a pottery master who had the idea to build a living museum to show the customs, labor activities and other aspects of rural life in his time, in 1945. The result is this museum village that draws attention not only to preserve the memory of an era, but also for the perfectionism that small details. Next is Ericeira, another, yet strikingly different Portuguese village. Enjoy a leisurely Portuguese lunch, then walk it off on a stroll through the town and by the sea. When you’re done, return to Lisbon.

$64.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Private day tour visiting two baroque palaces and the scenic Atlantic coastline from Sintra to Ericeira

If you have already visited Sintra and its western and southern surroundings, such as Estoril, Cascais and Roca Cape, you may be surprised to know that the region has much more to offer. The northern side of Sintra's Mountain of the Moon is a place of old traditions, royal palaces and breathtaking natural landscapes. Among the historical attractions stands out the monumental Palace of Mafra, a splendid Baroque building, considered one of greatest monuments in Portugal. Built in the 18th century, Mafra's complex (palace, convent and basilica) was ordered by the king João V who, using the proceeds from the gold of Brazil, designed the building with great opulence and sumptuosity. The visit to the Palace of Mafra will help us to understand the religious and messianic ideas that dominated the King João V's reign. The palace and its construction provided the settings and background to the awarded novel “Memorial do Convento” written by José Saramago, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. On the way to Mafra we will visit another royal palace, the national Palace of Queluz, also known as the Portuguese “Versailles”. Home to the royal Princes Pedro and his wife Maria, the palace and its famous gardens were frequently used for glamorous parties and as a retreat to the court. After visiting the two baroque palaces, we will have lunch in Ericeira, a traditional fishermen village. In the afternoon, we will drive through and stop at places to admire the beautiful, rugged Atlantic coastline and beaches. Ericeira, besides its natural beauty and picturesque architecture, is an internationally known surf area, namely at the Ribeira de Ilhas beach.

$382.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Mafra National Palace and Ericeira from Lisbon

Begin your private tour with pickup at your Lisbon accommodation at about 9am. In an air-conditioned Mercedes, enjoy the drive to Mafra, where you will visit the Mafra National Palace. On your tour here, see the grandiose palace-monastery, and explore the famous library. Not far from Mafra, travel back in time at Jose Franco's typical village. This working village showcases the traditional culture and handicrafts of the area. During the visit, see a permanent exhibition of the ceramic works of José Franco.Next, stop at the fishing village of Ericeira to take a stroll and stop for a lunch of fresh seafood (own expense). Continue your tour to Sintra, where you will enjoy free time to discover the monuments and downtown area. Your tour will end with transport back to your accommodation by about 6pm.