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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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$102.76 Day Trips & Excursions

Óbidos the Museum Village and Mafra Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Estatua do Marques de Pombal, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalYou start by being picked-up for your private tour (just you and your guide), at a hotel or cruise port in Lisbon.From here we will drive north to Óbidos & Mafra.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Obidos Village, Obidos, Leiria District, Central PortugalExplore 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. Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts.Note:Each July (at an extra cost) 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.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalDiscover 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 palaces from the 18th century.Its construction began on November 17, 1717 and it integrates 4 buildings in one: the palace, the convent, a basilica and a library.You will walk though the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 m long). All made of limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 sqm2), including 1.200 rooms, more than 4.700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards.The library itself is one of the most important in Europe, having an enormous variety of books (more than 30.000 volumes) from the XVth to the XVIIIth century.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.Duration: 2 hours

$70.39 Private & Custom Tours

Mafra, Sintra, Queluz Palaces Private Tour, Pickup from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Magnificat Tours, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalSpend 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 PalaceDuration: 30 minutesStop At: National Palace of Queluz, Queluz, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOne of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Following the destruction by fire of the Ajuda Palace in 1794, Queluz Palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent John VI, and his family and remained so until the royal family fled to the Portuguese colony of Brazil in 1807 following the French invasion of PortugalWork on the palace began in 1747 under Portuguese architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. Despite being far smaller, the palace is often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles. From 1826, the palace slowly fell from favour with the Portuguese sovereigns. In 1908, it became the property of the state. Following a serious fire in 1934, which gutted one-third of the interior, the palace was extensively restored, and today is open to the public as a major tourist attraction.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central Portugal 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. The palace, which also served as a Franciscan monastery, was built during the reign of King John V (1707–1750), as consequence of a vow the king made in 1711, to build a convent if his wife gave him offspring. The birth of his first daughter the Infanta Barbara of Portugal, prompted construction of the palace to begin. The palace was conveniently located near royal hunting preserves, and was usually a secondary residence for the royal family.This vast complex is among the most sumptuous Baroque buildings in Portugal and at 40,000 m², one of the largest royal palaces. Designed by the German architect João Frederico Ludovice, the palace was built symmetrically from a central axis, occupied by the basilica, and continues lengthwise through the main façade until two major towers. The structures of the convent are located behind the main façade. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Ajuda National Palace, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalThe Palace of Ajuda is a neoclassical monument in the civil parish of Ajuda in the city of Lisbon, central Portugal. Built on the site of a temporary wooden building constructed to house the Royal family after the 1755 earthquake and tsunami, it was originally begun by architect Manuel Caetano de Sousa, who planned a late Baroque-Rococo building. Later, it was entrusted to José da Costa e Silva and Francisco Xavier Fabri, who planned a magnificent building in the modern neoclassical style.When the palace finally became a permanent residence of the royal family during the reign of King Luis I and his wife, Maria Pia of Savoy, their architect, Possidónio da Silva, introduced many aesthetic changes and turned one of the lateral façades into the main one.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Magnificat Tours, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalThe tour ends with a return to Lisbon and drop-off at your accommodation.Duration: 30 minutes

$111.89 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Tour: Seafood Festival Lunch at Fishing Village and cultural experience

Begin your tour with hotel pickup at 9:30am.  Then, you will travel in a new, air-conditioned minivan to the Fishing Village of Ericeira   (about 45 minutes) .   In the morning our first stop will be Mafra to see from outside The Palace of Mafra - monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery and is an excellent place to stop for cake (Pastel de Mafra) and coffee before Ericeira. 11:30 AM Ericeira is a fishing village famed for its fish and seafood dishes-Check out the traditional whitewashed houses and old churches will relax your mind and send you back to a simpler, quieter time. Natural scenery also abounds, with stunning views of spectacular cliffs and beaches that will take up plenty of space on your camera’s memory card.12:40 AM Arriving the Restaurant right in front of the beautiful sea in Ericeira, you can eat the best fresh seafood meal (Crab / Lobster / Shrimp and much more) with Portuguese wine you Bear.The departure from the restaurant will be at 2:45 PM and you could choose to visit the Cabo da Roca – Roca Cape is the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal or return directly to Lisbon. The estimated arrival at the Hotel will be at 5:00PM or 6:00PM (depending if you prefer the long way or short way to return).Ericeira: Considered one of Europe’s best ‘small destinations’! Ericeira is a quite ancient town, believed to be connected with the Phoenicians. The sea has always had an essential role for the village and it was a very important port during the 19th century. This is the place where the Portuguese royal family escaped to their exile after the 1908 regicide. Ericeira is a popular beach destination, known for its natural beauty, welcoming atmosphere and delicious seafood. Have time to visit the Palace of Mafra that is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery. Construction began in 1717 and was completely concluded in 1755. The palace was classified as a National Monument in 1910, and was also one of the finalists of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

$251.18 Day Trips & Excursions

Mafra and Ericeira Private Day Trip from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalBuilt in the 18th century by order of King João V (1689-1750) in fulfilment of a vow he made, to be blessed with an heir from his marriage to Maria Ana of Austria, or be cured of a serious illness, the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra is the most important baroque monument in Portugal. All in limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 m2), including 1.200 rooms, more than 4.700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards. Such magnificence was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing the King to carry out his patronage of the arts and the strengthening of royal authority.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aldeia Tipica Jose Franco, Mafra, Lisbon District, Central PortugalTypical Village of José Franco is a living museum to show the customs, labor activities and other aspects of rural life in Portugal.Duration: 30 minutes

$170.87 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.

$62.80 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 Hills is a place of old traditions, royal palaces and stunning views over the ocean.Among the historical attractions of the region stands out the awesome 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 incomes from the gold of Brazil, designed the building with great opulence and sumptuousness.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”. This palace and its wonderful gardens were frequently used for glamorous parties of the nobility and as a retreat to the court.Peter I Emperor of Brazil was born in the same bedroom of the Queluz Palace, where he died 35 years later. The bedroom of the emperor was kept intact as it was, until nowadaysBetween visits to the two palaces we will have our lunch in Ericeira, a coastline village, well-known by its natural beauty, picturesque architecture, seafood restaurants and for being an important internationally known surf spot.