Mafra has one of the most magnificent monuments in the whole world: the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, also known as the Convento de Mafra. This monumental complex contains a basilica, a monastery and a palace, and is the most important masterpiece of Portuguese Baroque. Its 40,000 m2 took 27 years to be built, work being concluded in 1744. The two carillons and six organs are quite unique and the Library, which contains more than 38,000 books, many rare,is considered the most beautiful in the country.
In Mafra you can also visit the Tapada Nacional, created in the mid-18th century as a park for King João V and his court. In the Tapada, besides the rich flora, there are many different species of animals, such as deer, wild boar, foxes, partridges and various types of birds, including the endangered Bonelli's eagles. Surrounded by a 21 kilometre, three-hundred year old wall, the park has a small Rural Tourism house, the former Real Chalet de Caça, and two museums.
You can visit the Tapada on a tourist train, on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback.
Ericeira is a favourite destination for seaside holidays. This coastal town, founded eight centuries ago, is 50 kilometres north of Lisbon and offers a perfect atmosphere for visitors to relax and enjoy themselves.
With clear water rich in minerals salts and an iodine-rich climate, the area of Ericeira has beaches of excellent quality such as Praia da Foz do Lizandro, Praia de São Lourenço, Praia de São Sebastião or Praia da Ribeira d'Ilhas, which is internationally renowned for surfing, bodyboard and skimming.
If you like smaller, more intimate beaches, visit the Praia da Orelheira.
With a long fishing tradition, Ericeira also has the Praia do Peixe and the large Praia do Sul.
The importance of the fishing in the area makes it a perfect place to eat marvellous fish and shellfish. Ericeira is also a pretty town to for you to discover. It is a peaceful and charming town that offers pleasant walks, numerous shops and interesting crafts.
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