The municipality of Mafra is part of Lisbon's district and is composed of 17 parishes. It is known that the county has been occupied since at least the Neolithic and Paleolithic, of which memories were kept and of which invasions, achievements and reconquests are also part. The construction of Mafra's convent is one of the most striking events of the municipality, since it worked as a main residence for D. João V and D. Carlota Joaquina. It was completed in 1744. One of the adjectives that can characterize the county is diversity, because Mafra has different types of attractions: architectural heritage, archaeological sites, beaches and green spaces. These attractions are the genesis of the local economy, which joins tourism, trade, agriculture and some industries. The regional gastronomy, from which one cannot separate the Ericeira area, the crafts, festivals and fairs are present across the county. In the case of crafts, and despite these being endangered activities, it is still possible to discover artisans specialized in pottery, basketry, tinsmiths and cooperage.
Where to eat in Mafra
What to do in Mafra
Tapada Nacional de Mafra
Founded in 1747, the DanceArt was created with the goal of providing an adequate involvement of the Palace of Mafra, posing a recreational hunting space of the King and his court and also provide firewood and other products to the convent. With an area of 1187 hectares, Covered with a flora and fauna of high richness and provides a series …
Convento de Mafra / Palácio Nacional de Mafra
Convent built by Dom João, in 1711, having as main architect Frederico Ludovice. Is the most luxurious national convent, proof of the richest reign in the country's history. Inserts in the Johannine Baroque style and is inspired by the Spanish model of s. Lourenço of Escurial. It consists of three distinct elements, the Royal Palace, the convent and Basilica. The …
Forte do Milreu
Small defensive Fort built between 1670 and 1675, today in ruins. Intended to control maritime access to Ericeira and the nearby Bay formed by the beach of Ribeira de Ilhas.
Praia da Ribeira d'Ilhas
A rocky beach, with a small stretch of sand and excellent conditions for surfing. It is sheltered by a cliff with amazing panoramic views. Known as one of the best beaches for surfing, it welcomes world championship competitions on a …
Praia de São Lourenço
Beach located between cliffs, very beautiful and with coarse sand. You will find here the Forte de São Lourenço, dating from the 16th century, currently guarda-fiscal vacation residence. Has a small stage for performances, first-aid post and a restaurant with …
Praia de São Sebastião
Beach located next to the chapel of St. Sebastian, surrounded a beautiful cliff. The story of this beach is also associated with the occupation, in prehistoric times, of communities during the Mesolithic period, whose traces are covered by natural soil …
Praia do Coxos / Ribamar
A rather rocky beach on a cliff, fit for diving and underwater fishing. Located in a friendly location with excellent restaurants that specialize in fish and shellfish.
Praia Porto da Calada
A beach surrounded by huge, quite beautiful cliffs. From those high cliffs, one can sometimes view the falcão da rainha, a rare kind of hawk that has its nests there. The beach is attended by youngsters and by families. It …
Complexo Cultural Quinta da Raposa
Multifaceted space which includes the Municipal Art Workshop Soares Branco, an exhibition gallery, a Cabinet of archaeology, an architectural and historical heritage and a workshop of plastic arts.
Aldeia Típica de José Franco
Thanks to the meticulous work of José Franco, it is possible to visit one of the "villages" the world's most important. Its particularity is to be small, full of details like the reproduction of an elementary school or the grocery …
Jardim do Cerco de Mafra
The only tapada (hunting grounds) open to the public, with 1187 ha of woods, has several species of animals. The Garden of Cerco surrounds the building (with an area of 8 ha) and functions as a transition element between the …
Where to sleep in Mafra
Manor built in the late 16th century and restored in the late 20TH century, currently working as a unit of rural tourism, for a family on a day trip for the wo…
Hotel situated right on the seafront, overlooking the beach of Ericeira, in the far West of Portugal. Has 202 rooms well equipped and very comfortable. Has res…
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