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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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$97.37 Day Trips & Excursions

Óbidos the Museum Village and Mafra Private 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.

$81.91 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.

$108.83 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.

$252.02 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.

$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.

$63 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.