The county of Mafra has been occupied since at least the Neolithic and Palaeolithic, 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. 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, festivals and fairs are present across the county, as well as artisanal crafts, mainly pottery, basketry, tinsmiths and cooperage.
What to do in Mafra
Tapada Nacional de Mafra
Built in 1747, the Tapada Nacional de Mafra was created with the aim of providing adequate involvement to the Mafra Palace, to constitute a recreational space for the King and his court and also to supply firewood and other products to the Convent. With an area of 1187 hectares, Tapada has a rich fauna and flora and offers a series …
Convento de Mafra / Palácio Nacional de Mafra
Convent built by Dom João, in 1711, having as main architect Frederico Ludovice. It is the most luxurious national convent, proof of the richest reign in the country's history. It is of Johannine Baroque style and is inspired by the Spanish model of S. Lourenço of Escorial. It has three distinct elements, the Royal Palace, the convent and the Basilica. …
Aldeia Típica José Franco
Thanks to the meticulous work of José Franco, it is possible to visit one of the most authentic "villages" in the world. Its particularity is that it is small, full of details, such as the reproduction of an elementary school or the grocery store where Aunty Helena serves a glass of wine.
Praia de São Julião
Extensive beach under a high cliff, south of Ericeira, on the border with the municipality of Sintra. It is one of the best beaches in the area, with excellent conditions, including good restaurants offering typical dishes.
Praia da Ribeira d'Ilhas
Rocky beach, with small sand beach and excellent conditions for surfing. It is sheltered under a cliff, from the top of which you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view. Known as one of the best beaches for surfing, it regularly …
Praia da Ericeira/ Praia dos Pescadores
Beach located in the center of Ericeira, surrounded by high cliffs of rocky coast with a small harbor for fishermen. It is a beach with clean waters and known for its richness in mineral salts. In the surroundings, there is …
Praia do Matadouro
Small beach attached to São Sebastião, with many rock formations that stretch into the sea.
Praia da Foz do Lizandro
Pleasant landscape composed of two zones: one of river and the other maritime. Much sought after area, with a lot of shopping and nightlife. It has a walkway that connects the car park and the beach.
Praia do Norte / Praia do Algodio
Beach in the center of Ericeira, consisting of sand and rocks. Visited mainly by tourists and young people. There are small typical restaurants with good food and lots of street entertainment.
Praia de São Lourenço
Beach located between cliffs, very beautiful and with thick sand. Here is the São Lourenço Fortress, dating from the 16th century, currently the guard's holiday home. It has a small stage for shows, a first-aid station and a restaurant with …
Forte do Zambujal
Also known as Forte das Casas Velhas, it is part of the second of the Torres Lines, overlooking the Lisandro River and its tributary, the Vidigueira stream.
Museu Popular Beatriz Costa
Beatriz Costa was born on December 14, 1907, in Charneca do Milharado, in Casal Barreiro, in the municipality of Mafra. In recognition of her love for her land, this museum brings together personal objects, doll collections, letters, travel memories, and …
Biblioteca do Palácio Nacional de Mafra
The Library occupies the most noble and vast of all the rooms in the National Palace of Mafra. It is one of the most important European libraries, with a collection of about 36,000 volumes, from the 15th to the 19th …
Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico
Inaugurated in 1987 by Grupo Lobo, this Center aims to provide a suitable environment for wolves that cannot live in freedom and, simultaneously, to promote dissemination and awareness actions that inform the public about the true nature of this animal.
Where to eat in Mafra
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…
In Celebredo, the guesthouse of the Tapada is an early 20th-century building that bears the simple beauty of rural architecture. This is the ideal place to esc…
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Arruda dos Vinhos
Situated northwest of Lisbon, to which district it belongs, the municipality of Arruda dos Vinhos is situated in a region of transition between the E…
Sobral de Monte Agraço
Sobral de Monte Agraço is located in the District of Lisbon and is part of the Western region. Is limited by the municipalities of Mafra, Arruda dos …