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
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 …
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 monument and the Tapada of Mafra. A special note to the central tank, the "nora" and the small lakes.
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 …
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 regular basis.
Praia do Matadouro
A beach by São Sebastião, with many rocky formations that apread to the sea, attended by youngsters.
Praia de São Julião
Extensive beach that runs under a high cliff, South of Ericeira, bordering the municipality of Sintra. Is one of the best beaches in the area, with excellent conditions, including good restaurants propose typical dishes.
Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico
Inaugurated in 1987 by Grupo Lobo, this Center aims to provide a suitable environment for wolves that they cannot live in freedom and, at the same time, promote dissemination and awareness-raising actions to inform the public about the true nature …
Praia do Norte / Praia do Algodio
A beach at the centre of Ericeira, composed of a strech of sand and rocks. Attended mostly by tourists and youngsters. There are small typical restaurants with fine dishes and plenty of liveliness on the streets.
Aldeia Típica 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 …
Aldeia da Mata Pequena
A Aldeia da Mata Pequena, no concelho de Mafra, era uma aldeia esquecida pela civilização, onde ainda habitavam aldeões que mantinham as vivências e tradições de sempre. Preservando a natureza e essência deste local, a recuperação fez renascer na perfeição …
Biblioteca do Palácio Nacional de Mafra
A Biblioteca ocupa a mais nobre e vasta de todas as salas do Palácio Nacional de Mafra. É uma das mais importantes bibliotecas europeias, com um acervo de cerca de 36.000 volumes, desde o século XV ao XIX, abrangendo temas …
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 da Ericeira/ Praia dos Pescadores
Located in the Centre of Ericeira beaches surrounded by high cliffs of the rocky coast with a small port for fishermen. Clean waters and beaches are known for their richness in minerals. Around, there is a panoramic promenade and excellent …
Where to eat in Mafra
Cozy space, located behind the Park of Santa Marta, where the primacy of the menu goes to the grill…
Contemporary, Healthy Food, Portuguese
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
The name leaves no room for doubt. Ribamariscos seafood restaurant has as specialities the fish dis…
Where to sleep in Mafra
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…
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…
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