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From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

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Wander the streets of the historic walled town of Óbidos and visit the baroque-style Mafra National Palace on a guided private tour from Lisbon.
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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Spanish, English, German, Portuguese

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Pickup is available from hotels or cruise ports in Lisbon.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the historic medieval village of Óbidos with a private guide
  • Stroll the charming streets of one of Portugal’s most captivating villages
  • Visit the Mafra Palace and take a tour around the massive complex
Full description
Step back in time and enjoy a private tour through streets of the walled town of Óbidos, the best-preserved "museum village" in Portugal. Also, visit the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, one of the biggest 18th-century baroque palaces in Europe.

Explore Óbidos, which was 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.

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 palaces from the 18th century.

Learn about its construction, which began on November 17, 1717, integrating four buildings in one: the palace, the convent, the basilica, and a library. The complex covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 sqm2). It includes an incredible 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways, and 29 inner yards and courtyards.

Walkthrough the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 m long) that is made of limestone and marble from the Óbidos, Pêro Pinheiro, and Sintra regions. 

Go inside the library, one of the most important in Europe. The impressive library has an enormous variety of books, more than 30.000 volumes, from the XVth to the XVIIIth century.

Look up to see two massive towers flanking the palace. Next, see the basilica, a “centerpiece” of the facade having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, commissioned by D. João V.

Note that If you are visiting in July, Óbidos castle hosts a traditional ‘Medieval Market’. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with daily parades, hundreds of entertainers and stall workers dressed as traditional merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers, and more. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.
Includes
  • Private guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fee to the Mafra Palace complex
  • Pick-up and drop off at a hotel or cruise port in Lisbon
What’s Not Included
  • During July, the entrance fee to the ‘Medieval Market’
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• National monuments are closed on public holidays or for special occasions, without notice
• The tour itinerary can be amended to the customer’s preferences or due to weather conditions

From US$ 102.60 per person

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Product ID: 385980