“Picturesque nature”, “delicious and fresh marine food”, “a fairy tale inside the Royal Palace” … these are some of the synonyms that describe how magnificent the experience of this tour is. Discover the beauty and harmony of nature in the northeast of Lisbon. Satisfy all your senses by exploring magnificent architecture, pieces of art and fantastic natural views. This tour will take you to one of the most majestic 18th century Baroque buildings, the Natural Palace of Mafra. One of the best points of this adventure is the typical fishing village, Ericeira, famous for its fresh marine food and typical Portuguese delicacies.
After lunch we will entertain ourselves in the only Vila José Franco, where we find magnificent miniatures and rural scenes. Admire the atmosphere of the countryside on the way to the cultural landscapes of Sintra-Cascais. We stop at the dramatic “Boca do Inferno” and then discover the famous coast of Cascais. After completing this rich program, we take you directly to your hotel to have your well-deserved rest.
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The first stop is in Mafra, where we discover the massive, monumental and colossal Baroque royal palace. The extravagant rooms of the royal apartments are furnished with exceptional pieces of 18th-century furniture and paintings. The grandiose monument was built to celebrate the birth of a daughter of King João V. We stroll through beautiful eight-square-kilometer royal hunting ground, and discover the library considered one of the finest in Europe! It contains 35,000 volumes, including the precious first edition Os Lusiadas by Luis Vaz Camões, the most respected Portuguese poet, a trilingual Bible from the 16th century, and the earliest edition of Homer in Greek.
The Library, occupying the largest and most prestigious room in the building, is one of the most significant Enlightenment Libraries in Europe, with around 36,000 volumes amassed through royal commission. It is 85 meters long and 9,5 meters wide, built in the form of a cross and paved with multicolored limestone floor and Rocaille shelves.
Not far from Mafra we explore the typical village of José Franco. This fascinating and somehow surreal miniature village showcases the traditional culture and handicrafts of the surrounding area, crafted using traditional techniques by renowned Portuguese potter and sculptor José Silos Franco. During the visit is worth a try the traditional bread with sausage (pão com chouriço). It is a delicacy! There we also find a souvenir store selling handmade pottery from all around the country. This miniature village depicts the true story of the region and attracts hundreds of travelers who pass this way. There is a permanent exhibition of the ceramic works of José Franco.
Ericeira is a charming Portuguese fishing town that is situated along a coastline of outstanding surfing beaches. This powerful and reliable surf has transformed peaceful Ericeira into a surfing mecca; boasting both a chilled daytime scene and a lively nightlife, along with excellent accommodation options and top-rated tourist facilities. Today Ericeira is a perfect fusion of Portuguese heritage with an ultra-cool surfing ambience, where traditional fishermen’s cottages nestle amongst trendy lounge bars and cafes. Ericeira is adored by the Portuguese, who flock to the town in the summer months, drawn by the beautiful beaches and delicious seafood - for which the town is renowned for!
Ericeira has four sandy beaches within the town, two great surfing beaches slightly further out and a selection of other more challenging surfing beaches within the WSR (World Surf Reserve) coastline. Pescadores beach is the central beach of Ericeira and is very scenic overlooking the fishing harbour and surrounded by sheer cliffs. The beach is popular with families and sunbathers as it is sheltered from the strong regional winds that often buffer the coastline.
Afterward, the tour continues to Sintra driving along rural and natural landscapes. There we admire Sintra's majestic monuments and stroll through the historical downtown looking as time stopped there at the medieval time.