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
Praia da Empa / Milregos
A very rocky beach, ideal for capturing small crustaceans. There is a pleasant restaurant that serves mostly fish and shellfish dishes.
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 terrace.
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 of this animal. The visits should be pre-checked, by letter, fax, email or telephone. The groups should not exceed 25 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Igreja de São Pedro / Igreja Paroquial da Ericeira
This church has one only nave with coffers painted on the roof. The walls are covered with blue and yellow glazed tiles. The altarpieces stand out, as well as the columns with fluted shafts and an elegant sacrarium. Attention should …
Arquivo-Museu da Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Ericeira
O Museu da Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Ericeira reúne uma notável coleção de Arte Sacra, que inclui diversas peças religiosas como paramentos ou alfaias litúrgicas, para além de uma sala exclusivamente direcionada para a atividade piscatória da Vila. Apresenta …
Museu Popular Beatriz Costa
Beatriz Costa was born on December 14, 1907, in place of the moor of Bovingdon, the couple Barreiro, Watertown. In recognition of his love for his land, this Museum brings together personal objects, collections of dolls, letters, memorabilia, and a …
Aldeia Museu 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 …
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 …
Capela de São Sebastião
Small chapel dating from the 17TH century, with a very simple and austere exterior. Inside, they deserve reference the tiles lining the walls.
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
Located in the historic center of Ericeira. It is a restaurant of traditional Portuguese cuisine wi…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Opened for over forty years as House of snacks, this familiar environment space is distinguished pr…
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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