Our tour starts towards to Mafra, where you visit the largest Royal Palace of Portugal.
D. João V, “King Magnanimous” (1706-1750), built a of Royal Palace in the town of Mafra in fulfillment of the promise made if the Queen gave him a child. The magnificent monument – built at a time of great prosperity as a result of royal exploration of gold and diamonds from Brazil – is a masterpiece of Portuguese Baroque Style. Apart from the function of Royal Palace, this monument was also a Monastery and also a Basilica. The Royal Palace has an imposing frontage of 220 meters and has over 600 rooms and 5200 windows and doors.
The palace has to support a park about 20 km perimeter, Tapada Nacional de Mafra (Hunting Reserve of Mafra, who will visit after a short break for lunch.
The Mafra Hunting Reserve was created in 1747 with the goal of providing an adequate involvement of the palace, to constitute a space for hunting’s pleasure for the King and his court, and also to provide firewood and other products to the Convent. With an area of 1187 hectares, Mafra Hunting Reserve is surrounded by a wall with a length of 16 Km From the XVIII century to the establishment of the Republic, was privileged leisure and hunting place of the Portuguese monarchs, however being in the reigns of D. Luís (1861-1899) and D. Carlos (1899-1908) that the hunting Reserve met his golden period as a game park.
You can enjoy the place various the park activities, such as pedestrian trails or touristic train rides accompanied by a guide.
– Warm clothes or waterproof (depending on weather conditions)
– Sun Cream
– Practical and comfortable footwear
– Loose and comfortable clothes that do not hinder movement (avoid jeans)
– Camera to record good times.