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Discover Amazing Óbidos and Historic Mafra

Product ID: 88370
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Step back in time and see the Museum Village of Óbidos and Mafra from Lisbon. Wonder the streets of a walled town with history dating back to the 4th century, and the biggest 18th century baroque palace in Europe, the Palácio Nacional de Mafra.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
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Spanish, English, Portuguese, German

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At a hotel or cruise port in Lisbon
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the fascinating Óbidos’ Museum Village with your expert guide
  • Stroll the charming streets of one of Portugal’s most captivating villages
  • Behold the beauty of the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, monastery, basilica and library
Full description
Discover the palace of Mafra, a magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palace from the 18th century. Its construction began on November 17, 1717, and integrates 4 buildings in one: the palace, the convent, a basilica and a library.

You will be walking though the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 meters long). Made entirely of limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost 4 hectares (37.790 sq.meters), including 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards.

The library is one of the most important in Europe, having an enormous variety of books (more than 30,000 volumes) from the 15th-18th centuries.  Flanked by two towers, the basilica is the center piece of the facade, having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, and commissioned by D. João V. Then explore Óbidos, conquered by Portugal's first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal´s history. Here you will visit the various highlights of the fortified village of Óbidos. Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off at a hotel or cruise port in Lisbon
  • Transportation by air-conditioned car or van
  • Entrance fees to the sites
  • Private guide
What’s Not Included
  • During July, the entrance fee to the 'Medieval Market'
  • Lunch and any other items not mentioned in the description

When you get there

Know before you go
• Each July (at an extra cost) Óbidos castle hosts a traditional 'Medieval Market'. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town re-create the spirit of medieval Europe. Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with hundreds of entertainers and stall holders dressed as merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers and more

• Visitors can shop at the traditional handcrafts fair, or watch medieval shows, horse displays and a costumed parade that winds its way through the streets. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat