Top things to do in Mafra

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João da Vila Velha

Located just enough off the tourist path, old school Chef João runs this authentic and colourful neighbourhood tasca (tavern). There's a wealth of simple but honestly cooked classics (octopus, bacalhau etc) and a go…
Palace in Mafra

Palácio Nacional de Mafra

Wild-spending Dom João V poured pots of Brazilian gold into this baroque palace, covering a mind-boggling 4 sq km and comprising a monastery and basilica. Begun in 1717 and finished by 1746, the exuberant mock-marbl…
Wildlife Reserve in Mafra

Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico

There’s no need to be afraid of the wolves at the Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico located near Malveira, 10km east of Mafra. The centre is home to around 16 wolves that can no longer live in the wild. Visits a…
Portuguese in Mafra

Adega de Covento

This classy option, a short walk from the palace but tucked away down a seldom-used side street, does an incredibly tender and tasty octopus rice (arroz de polvo) on special and a host of other classic menu staples.…
Amusement Park in Mafra

Aldeia Típica José Franco

At the village of Sobreiro, 4km northwest of Mafra (take any Ericeira-bound bus), sculptor José Franco has created an enchanting miniature, vaguely surreal craft village of windmills, watermills and traditional shop…
Forest in Mafra

Tapada Nacional de Mafra

The 819-hectare Tapada Nacional de Mafra is where Dom João V used to go a-hunting. Enclosed by an original 21km wall, the grounds are now an environmentally aware game park, home to free-roaming wild boar and red de…