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National Palace of Mafra (Palácio Nacional de Mafra) Tours

National Palace of Mafra (Palácio Nacional de Mafra)
Get a glimpse of Portuguese royal life with a visit to the National Palace of Mafra (Palácio Nacional de Mafra), one of the largest buildings in Europe. Built in 1717 to commemorate the birth of King Joao V’s daughter, the baroque and neoclassical complex has around 1,200 rooms across the palace, convent, library, and basilica.

The Basics
Stroll the grand hallways of this regal residence on a day trip from Lisbon. Peruse thousands of books in the library; marvel at one of the world’s largest domes, six opulent organs, and 11 chapels at the basilica; and admire the ornate furniture in the Royal Apartments. You can combine a tour of Mafra with visits to Ericeira, Queluz, Sintra, and Obidos to discover even more palaces along the western coast of Portugal.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mafra National Palace is a must-visit for architecture lovers and royalty aficionados.
  • You can purchase tickets for the entire complex or just the basilica.
  • Book a private tour to avoid long lines and get a comprehensive overview of the palace.
  • Wear comfy shoes and be prepared for a lot of walking around the 409,028-square-foot (38,000-square-meter) complex.
  • Large suitcases or backpacks are not allowed in the palace.
  • Mafra National Palace is inaccessible to people with reduced mobility.
 
How to Get There
Mafra National Palace is approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of central Lisbon. Mafrense buses regularly leave from Ericeira, Sintra, and Lisbon’s Campo Grande station. Alternatively, drive or take private transport via the A8, A16, or A21 highway.

When to Get There
Mafra Palace is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and the basilica from 9:30am to 1:30pm and 2pm to 4pm, Wednesday to Monday. The complex is closed every Tuesday, January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, Ascension Thursday, and December 25. Crowds are heaviest during the summer, so arrive early in the day for the best experience.

A Royal Residence Fit for a Child
Mafra Palace was built to celebrate the healthy birth of Maria Barbara of Portugal (who became queen of Spain). Construction began in 1717, and for more than 40 years, between 15,000 and 25,000 workers helped construct the palace. The Portuguese colonies’ immense wealth funded its construction, though it almost bankrupted the country.
Address: Terreiro Dom João V, Mafra, Central Portugal 2640, Portugal
Admission: Varies
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58 Tours and Activities to Experience National Palace of Mafra (Palácio Nacional de Mafra)

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Private Tour: Mafra Convent and Ericeira fishing village with tickets

Private Tour: Mafra Convent and Ericeira fishing village with tickets

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Exploring Mafra on a private tour offers a comfortable transportation option and flexible itinerary. Tour one of the largest book depositories in Europe, plus beautiful gardens, historical sites, and vista points. Then, take a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast, stopping to snap a photo at at Roca Cape.
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  • 8 hours
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$182.91
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Day trip: Lisbon Wine Tasting

Day trip: Lisbon Wine Tasting

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The passion for travelling, get to know other cultures and the share of experiences was what led to the concretization of a dream that allow us to show for those who visits us the best spots in the west region, Lisbon and surroundings at the good Portuguese way. We totally follow our passion. The tour leader is a wine lover and he is knowledgeable about portuguese wine culture. The flexibility and relaxed way of the tour leader helps to create the perfect atmosphere for you to enjoy the most.
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  • 7 hours
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$380.60
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Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour

Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour

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Step back centuries ago and see the well-preserved Museum Village on this private tour of Óbidos and Mafra from Lisbon. Wander the streets of a walled town overflowing with history dating back to the 4th century B.C. With your local guide, feel free to modify your itinerary to enjoy a more personalized experience.
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  • 6 hours
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$110.50
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$110.50
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Queluz, Mafra, Sobreiro and Ericeira.

Queluz, Mafra, Sobreiro and Ericeira.

The unique situation when only one king was able to make fool of Napolian as this one admitted. Also one of the best set strategies in world history, to keep the world empire under Portuguese governance Kings and queens that were as much crazy as rich. In Queluz, the most pompous vacation residence Versailles style. In Mafra the biggest palace\convent in the world. Its corridors are measured in KMs. On its side the village made in clay and the beaches of the worlds surf first reserve.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$118.38
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Royal Tour of Palaces from Lisbon

Royal Tour of Palaces from Lisbon

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Spend a day discovering royal architecture on this private tour that covers Queluz, Mafra, and Lisbon in a day. Your visit includes stops at multiple monuments, starting with the National Palace of Queluz. Highlights include the impressive library at Mafra National Palace, and Ajuda National Palace in Lisbon. You won't have to worry about booking transport as round-trip transfers are included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Palaces of Queluz, Mafra, Sintra and Monserrate

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Palaces of Queluz, Mafra, Sintra and Monserrate

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Queluz Palace and its historic gardens are one of the most extraordinary examples of the harmonious connection between landscape and palace architecture in Portugal. They illustrate the evolution of the Court's taste, a period marked by Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism. Mafra - famous for its palace-convent, built by D. João V in the 18th century as a result of a vow that the young king had made if Queen D. Ana Ana of Austria gave him descendants, the Mafra Palace is the most significant Baroque monument in Portugal, integrating a Royal Palace, a Basilica, a Franciscan Convent and an important Library, a synthesis of the encyclopedic knowledge of the 19th century. XVIII. Palácio da Vila de Sintra: In the center of the town of Sintra, marking the landscape with the unmistakable silhouette of the two chimneys Monserrate Palace: A writers' retreat, Monserrate attracted countless foreign travelers, mainly English, who praised its beauty in travel and engraving reports
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Tour: Seafood Festival Lunch at Fishing Village and cultural experience

Private Tour: Seafood Festival Lunch at Fishing Village and cultural experience

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Portugal’s Atlantic Coast is renowned for its abundance of fish and seafood, and the best place to sample it is in the coastal fishing villages. On this tour, visit either Sesimbra or Ericeira village, tuck into a delicious seafood lunch at an atmospheric beachside restaurant, then enjoy free time to explore the sights and watch the fishing boats.
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  • 7 hours
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$220.75
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Lisbon Northern Region Wine Tasting Private Tour

Lisbon Northern Region Wine Tasting Private Tour

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Taste your way through two historic Portuguese wineries on a full-day, private tour from Lisbon to Cheleiros and Bucelas. Discover distinctive varieties and local grapes, and get a personal introduction to the wine regions of Portugal. Sample artisanal olive oil with traditional breads with plenty of time to explore two picture-perfect, rural villages and their surrounding vineyards.
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  • 6 hours
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$108.04
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Mafra one day Tour

Mafra one day Tour

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Depart the well-trodden tourist path in Lisbon to explore the northwestern side of the city on this full-day private tour. With a guide leading the way and providing engaging commentary, you'll visit the area's highlights: the Palace of Queluz and the Palace of Mafra. At lunchtime, stop in the village of Ericeira to taste a fresh seafood lunch caught that day by local fishermen. Booking a private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
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$141.19
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$141.19
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Exploring Wellington Defensive Lines during Napoleonic War in Portugal

Exploring Wellington Defensive Lines during Napoleonic War in Portugal

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Swap the busy city of Lisbon for a peaceful private day trip to Montejunto Hill, and the Portuguese countryside. Enjoy a stress-free day without any transport to organize as hotel pickup, drop-off and transfers are included. Travel with ease between dispersed sites included Montejunto Hill and its historic monuments, the medieval salt pans of Rio Maior, and an 18th century Royal Ice Factory. Along the way, learn about Portugal's war history and find historic war fortifications.
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  • 7 hours
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$219.84
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Nazaré, Óbidos & Fátima Tour

Nazaré, Óbidos & Fátima Tour

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Get to know three of Portugal's most exquisite destinations. Set off in the morning from your Lisbon accommodation, and travel first to the village of Nazaré, famed for its seaside ambiance and record-breaking Atlantic waves. Then we head to the Sanctuary of Lady of Fátima, the largest Catholic pilgrimage site in Portugal. Finally, travel to the Mafra Palace and to the medieval town of Óbidos famed for its historical city walls.
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  • 8 hours
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$235.47
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Private tour to baroque palaces & scenic Atlantic coastline from Sintra-Ericeira

Private tour to baroque palaces & scenic Atlantic coastline from Sintra-Ericeira

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Focus less on navigating and more on the spectacular coastal scenery outside of Lisbon on a private day trip that transports you from Sintra to Ericeira in air-conditioned comfort. You’ll enjoy a mixture of both free time and guided sightseeing, and benefit from the undivided attention of your guide throughout the day.
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  • 7 hours
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$201.83
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Queluz Royal Palace, Mafra Royal Palace and Convent Private Tour from Lisbon

Queluz Royal Palace, Mafra Royal Palace and Convent Private Tour from Lisbon

Head out of the city on this private tour from Lisbon to the National Palace of Queluz and Mafra National Palace, which dates back to the 18th century. You'll have guided tours inside both sites, plus time for lunch (own expense). During the drive, enjoy views of the Sintra mountains and the Atlantic coast.
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  • 8 hours
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Queluz / Mafra / Ericeira / Winery mother (wine tasting)

Queluz / Mafra / Ericeira / Winery mother (wine tasting)

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In this Tour only you and your friends or your family will go. This tour is an excellent tour that includes palaces in a fishing village with beautiful beaches. And for wine lovers, they will be able to enrich their knowledge by making the visit to the mother cellar an excellent cellar.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$134.55
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Half Day Private Tour - Mafra World Heritage

Half Day Private Tour - Mafra World Heritage

Discover the magnificent beauty of Mafra with a half-day itinerary that’s fully customizable by your guide. With pickup from your Lisbon accommodation or cruise port, you’re whisked away to explore sights like the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra. Learn about the hunting grounds established by the royal court at Tapada Nacional de Mafra, and more.
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  • 5 hours
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$302.74
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Private Tour: Discovering the Lisbon Wines

Private Tour: Discovering the Lisbon Wines

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Discover one of the largest wine regions in the country, known for its wines based on its refinement, strong aromas, for its quality and diversity. You can enjoy without worrying about the visit to the wine cellars of this region, where you will taste wine and still enjoy the surrounding landscape, accompanied throughout the visit by a guide-interpreter.
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  • 8 hours
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$157.46
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The Royal Route - Private Tour

The Royal Route - Private Tour

Discover the royal palaces of Portugal on a private full-day tour from Lisbon that covers UNESCO World Heritage sites and other major monuments. Take in the architectural splendor and history of the National Palace of Queluz, Pena Palace, and Mafra National Palace as you travel in comfort by private vehicle with your guide. Your tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from central Lisbon.
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  • 8 hours
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$245.55
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Lunch at a family owned vineyard - Gastronomy & Heritage

Lunch at a family owned vineyard - Gastronomy & Heritage

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THE IDEAL TOUR IF YOU SEEK A MIX OF CULTURE AND LEISURE! In order to build up our appetite, we'll begin the day with a bit of history in Mafra, 30min from Lisbon: We’ll visit one of the most iconic portuguese royal palaces. It’s a place of magic where one massive building houses a convent, a palace, a basilica and one of the most beautiful libraries in the world! Note: On Tuesdays, we'll visit Queluz Royal Palace instead. Afterward, we’ll visit the fishing village of Ericeira, where we'll show you the local fishing spot and market in order to buy us a fresh fish for lunch. We know you might be hungry but don't worry! We will provide you with some local delicacies. After this visit, we will head towards an old family-owned vineyard where we will go on a wine tour... The culmination of the day will take place shortly at the same place, lunch with a fresh fish grilled to perfection (meat and vegetarian options available)… Lunch will take place on the outside and facing the vineyards!
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  • 8 hours
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$268.88
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Private Tour Tomar and Mafra Day Trip from Lisbon

Private Tour Tomar and Mafra Day Trip from Lisbon

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Combine two popular Lisbon day trips into a single, hassle-free booking on this tour to Tomar and Mafra. Visit top sights such as the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ—originally built by the Knights Templars—plus Mafra National Palace. Entrance fees with skip-the-line admission are included, too, so your day is guaranteed to go smoothly.
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  • 9 hours
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$605.48
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$605.48
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Ericeira And Mafra Amazing West Coast Tour

Ericeira And Mafra Amazing West Coast Tour

Take in the highlights of Portugal’s West Coast on this full-day tour and benefit from the personal touch of a small-group tour. Visit the water sports hub of Guincho Beach, the seafront towns of Cascais and Azenhas do Mar, and admire the views from Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. After lunch, explore the surf town of Ericeira and tour the magnificent Monastery and National Palace of Mafra.
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  • 7 hours
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$85.94
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Mafra Convent and Ericeira with festival seafood lunch

Mafra Convent and Ericeira with festival seafood lunch

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Enjoy the National Palace of Mafra, in the pleasant town of Mafra, 40 kilometers north of Lisbon, affords a rewarding 8 hours Private Tour experience with an ultimate seafood lunch with a great sea view to the Atlantic Ocean (Fish is also available).Visit the magnificent Library is the undoubted highlight of Mafra Palace the most important baroque monument in Portugal and one of the most celebrated book depositories in Europe. Then visit the Basilica's 6 organs are pieces of unique heritage worldwide and the beautiful gardens and learn a lot about the rich history of Portugal.Admire the stunning views of spectacular cliffs and beaches before lunch at the best seafood restaurant. Before returning enjoying a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, and stop at Roca Cape - the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal. Your tour also includes a free and flexible pick-up (9AM) / drop-off (5PM) from your located accommodations, private driver/guide, Tickets & Seafood lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$245.98
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Obidos, Peniche, Baleal and Mafra Private Tour from Lisbon

Obidos, Peniche, Baleal and Mafra Private Tour from Lisbon

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Escape the tourist trail to discover the historic gems and natural wonders of Portugal’s west coast on this private full-day tour from Lisbon. Explore the medieval town of Óbidos on a guided walking tour; admire the ocean views from Peniche; visit the traditional fishing village of Baleal; and marvel at the magnificent Mafra National Palace.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$412.53
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$412.53
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Tomar and Mafra Small Group Tour from Lisbon

Tomar and Mafra Small Group Tour from Lisbon

Escape the beaten track and discover a fortress of the Knights Templar and one of the largest royal palaces in Portugal. In Tomar, be surprised by the 12th century Convent of Christ and its relationship with Portuguese history. Have free time to have lunch in the beautiful city of Tomar. Explore the huge royal palace in Mafra with its many rooms and secrets. Children from 0 to 7 years old are free
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.83
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$201.83
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Mafra Day Tour

Mafra Day Tour

Experience the lesser known side of Lisbon with a tour of the northwest area. Admire the Queluz Palace with its amazing architecture and visit the impressive Mafra Palace.
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  • 8 hours
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$176.29
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