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Mafra and Ericeira

Where the sky touches the green and the sea

If you feel at your best surrounded by Nature, then a visit to the lush Tapada de Mafra, a former royal hunting estate set in the typical countryside, is a must. Also worth visiting in this area is Mafra Palace, immortalised in the work of Nobel prizewinner José Saramago.

The grandiose vision of Mafra Palace, a perfect example of 18th century riches, is an unforgettable experience. Commissioned by King D. João V, Mafra Palace and its Monastery is the most important example of Portuguese baroque architecture. Within its walls are two rare treasures, a magnificent library with over 40 thousand books and a collection of unique bells that are still in use today.

From the Monastery’s cloister head for Tapada de Mafra where you will be fascinated by unspoilt Nature. Originally a hunting estate, this 800 hectare area is a perfect garden of Eden, with its rich flora and fauna, including deer, wild boar, stags, foxes, partridges and many other species of birds.

Tapada de Mafra offers plenty of activities where you can make the most of this nature park. You can explore the park either by train, on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.

Still within this region, head north for the coast as far as Ericeira, an 800 year old fishing town and sought after tourist destination. Its huge expanse of beaches and clean waters are ideal for those looking to surf, bodyboard, skimming or simply sunbathe. With its long fishing tradition, Ericeira is also known for the quality of its delicious fish and shellfish that make excellent culinary dishes.