Day Trip to the Palace and Tapada de Mafra

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33.75 EUR

Head to the pretty little Portuguese town of Mafra to explore one of Europe’s most extravagant palaces, as well as the beautiful park known as Tapada Nacional de Mafra.

Duration: 8 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Portuguese
We were lucky to have Joao take a couple of Australians to see Tapada and Mafra for a full day outing. We were picked up without fuss at out Lisbon apartment and we must say he drove very responsibly so we felt very much at ease!

As well as the main attractions Joao had some quirky little places to drop by to add to the experience.

We had a sumptuous "typical' lunch at a place we would never have tracked down ourselves. Our main aim was to see the Palace at Mafra (the name-sake of my hometown Maffra in Australia) which is a remarkable building, again with its own character and stories.

Joao had been an excellent and attentive host with broad interests and knowledge and we will look forward to more adventures, meals and story sharing with him.
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Highlights

  • Take a train ride through Tapada Nacional de Mafra to see unique animals and plants
  • Watch a birds of prey show
  • Enjoy a meal at a famous local restaurant
  • Explore the opulence of Mafra National Palace on a guided tour

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Description

We depart Lisbon to Mafra where we will begin our tour at the Tapada Nacional de Mafra, which is an area of protected natural forest that’s home to wild boar and red deer. Here you will take a train ride through the forest to see all the animals and plants.

After the train ride you’ll have the chance to see a birds of prey show and even interact with eagles and owls if you wish! This is particularly fun for kids!

We then head to João da Vila Velha in Mafra, a very famous restaurant in the area with exceptional and varied dishes. You’ll be able to choose something very delicious from the menu.

After lunch, you’ll go on a guided visit to Mafra National Palace where you’ll be blown away by the wealth and luxury of the monarchy.

This palace is one of the most beautiful and magnificent in Portugal and it was the last residence of the King of Portugal before the establishment of the Republic on Oct 5th 1910.

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What’s included & not included

  • Pick up in Lisbon
  • Visit to the Tapada de Mafra and a train ride
  • Birds of Prey Show
  • Ride to Mafra Palace
  • Drop off in Lisbon
  • Lunch
  • Entrance ticket to Mafra Palace

Meeting point

Restauradores Square, in front of CTT, mail of Portugal (Restauradores Square, in front of CTT, mail of Portugal)

Reviews from travellers (1)

5.0/5

M
Local guide, local knowlege – passionate about local culture, food and history
We were lucky to have Joao take a couple of Australians to see Tapada and Mafra for a full day outing. We were picked up without fuss at out Lisbon apartment and we must say he drove very responsibly so we felt very much at ease!

As well as the main attractions Joao had some quirky little places to drop by to add to the experience.

We had a sumptuous "typical' lunch at a place we would never have tracked down ourselves. Our main aim was to see the Palace at Mafra (the name-sake of my hometown Maffra in Australia) which is a remarkable building, again with its own character and stories.

Joao had been an excellent and attentive host with broad interests and knowledge and we will look forward to more adventures, meals and story sharing with him.

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5.0/5

E
Local Knowledge & Passionate Guide
My husband and I wanted to do a short excursion outside of Lisbon, and we were very lucky that we had heard about Joao. We wanted to do a short trip to Obidos, and it was very easy to arrange with him. He was responsive, punctual and organised. In addition to Obidos, Joao recommended that we visit Peniche as well - we appreciated this recommendation, since the place was beautiful and not something that we would have otherwise known about (even though we partially live in Lisbon). If we had more time, we also would have liked to visit a vineyard that Joao recommended.

His English is excellent, and he is overall very informative. We liked that he let us be "independent" and wander around Obidos, stop for food, sightseeing, etc - the tour was informative but not too rigid and formal.
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