Mafra, Ericeira, & Sintra Private Tour from Lisbon
Pickup includedYour hotel, accommodation in Lisbon.
- Discover the lesser-known side of Portugal with a tour of the northwest area of Lisbon
- Visit one of the largest royal palaces in Europe
- See a distinguished library decorated with precious marble and exotic wood and included in the TOP-20 libraries in the world
- Visit a typical Portuguese village
- Enjoy a delicious lunch in the fishing village of Ericeira
- See the fairytale downtown and old magic streets of Sintra
Your private full-day tour begins with a pick-up at your Lisbon accommodation and a drive to Mafra, where you’ll visit the Mafra National Palace. On a tour of the palace you’ll visit the library, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Mafra’s grandiose palace-monastery defies description. Ordered by King João V in 1717 to celebrate the birth of his first child, it was reputedly designed to compete in magnificence with the Spanish royal palace. The overwhelming architectural details include over 5000 doorways, 2500 windows, 880 rooms, 154 grandstaircases, 29 courtyards, and 330 monks’ cells. The two bell towers together house over 100 bells (the largest collection in the world), still played every Sunday and audible across a distance of 25 kilometers (15 miles). Tour the lavish royal apartments; visit the 11 chapels of the pink and grey marble basilica; marvel at the bizarremedical instruments in the hospital and pharmacy; and walk around the beautiful eight-square-kilometer wildlife garden, originally conceived by the King as a deer park and source of hunting, entertainment, food and firewood. Last but by no means least, save time for the mind-blowing library; adorned with marble and jacarandawood, it is one of Europe’s finest, housing over 40,000 rare volumes including the earliest edition of Homer in Greek, a trilingual bible from the early 16th century and a first edition of Os Lusíadas by Luís de Camões, regarded as Portugal’s national poet.
Not far from Mafra, travel back in time to the turn of the 20th century at Olaria Tipica Joao Franco (Typical Village of José Franco). This fascinating and somewhat surreal miniature working 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 worth trying the bread with sausage (pão com chouriço), it is very tasty! There is also an on-site shop selling handmade pottery from around the country. The village depicts the true story of the region and undoubtedly arouses the curiosity of the many travellers of all ages that frequently pass through here. In the same space, you can also see a permanent exhibition of the ceramic works of José Franco.
After this emersion in history you will go and visit the fishing village of Ericeira, take a stroll, taste the local gastronomy and get to know a bit more of its history. Ericeira is an authentic fisherman town. Here you can still see fishing boats, strong waves, and small fisherman houses. It will be the perfect place for an incredibly fresh fish lunch. In the area there is also a miniature village depicting the town's traditions. Recently, this fishing village was included in the list of the 10 “coolest small cities in Europe”. It is famous for its history, cliffs, sandy beaches, surfing, fresh seafood and fresh fish. It's the best place for fresh lunch. Afterwards, the tour continues to Sintra, mainly through rural landscapes. Discover Sintra's monuments and downtown where you'll have some time to explore old streets of Sintra and checking the village viewpoint.
- Hotel or cruise ship terminals pick-up and drop off in Lisbon
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
- Personal and accident insurance
- Free Wi-Fi on board the vehicle
- Professional private tour guide
- Surcharge of 20€ for pick-up in Cascais or Estoril
- Entrance fees to Pena Park and Palace
Prepare for the activity
If you are on a shore excursion from the cruise port, the tour times are flexible.
Entrance fees vary according to the tourism season. Lisbon Mafra Ericeira Sintra private full day tour does not include entrance fees so that participants can decide if they would like to visit some of the sites or not.
For tours with a maximum of 8 participants there will be 1 private guide. If there are more than 8 persons on the tour there will be 2 guides/vans.