Mafra National Palace Tours

The Mafra National Palace, which once served as a Franciscan monastery, was one of the largest buildings in Europe when it was built in the 18th century. In 1717, King João V built the palace to celebrate the birth of his daughter. Its Baroque and neoclassical architecture draws from both German and Italian influences. The massive complex in total covers nearly 38,000 square meters, with around 1,200 rooms. The facade of the palace alone is 220 meters long. Visitors will find the structure divided into four areas today: the palace, the convent, the basilica, and the library.  

The marble and dark wooded library holds a collection of over 35,000 leather-bound books from the 14th to the 19th century. The basilica is another marvel, with eleven chapels, six organs, and one of the largest domes in the world. The Royal Apartments are divided into king and queen’s chambers, each with rooms ornately decorated with period furniture and artwork. At the edge of it all lies dense forest that once served as royal hunting grounds.

Practical Info

Mafra National Palace sits 28 kilometers outside of Lisbon. Buses bound for Mafra depart from Ericeira, Sintra, and Lisbon’s Campo Grande station. The admission cost is €6, or €2 for the basilica alone. The palace is open from 9 am to 6 pm, with the library open from 9:30 am to 4 pm. It is closed on Tuesdays.
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Address: Terreiro Dom João V, Mafra 2640, Portugal
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Hours: Daily 9am-6pm
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Admission: General Admission €6, Basilica only €2
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Obidos, Peniche, Baleal and Mafra Private Tour from Lisbon

Escape the tourist trail to discover the historic gems and natural wonders of Portugal’s west coast on this private full-day tour from Lisbon. Explore the medieval town of Óbidos on a guided walking tour; admire the ocean views from Peniche; visit the traditional fishing village of Baleal; and marvel at the magnificent Mafra National Palace.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD389.76
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Royal Tour of Palaces from Lisbon

Get out of the city and enjoy a day in the countryside during this private trip to Mafra, Sintra and Queluz from Lisbon. Your visit will include stops at many unique monuments, stating with the Mafra National Palace and its famous library. Explore the quaint town for a while before continuing on to the UNESCO-listed village of Sintra, where you’ll visit the Pena National Palace and Park and/or Sintra National Palace. Wander through the town and do some shopping or sit down for a traditional Portuguese lunch; your guide will have plenty of recommendations either way. The afternoon will be spent visit the historic Queluz National Palace before returning to Lisbon at the end of the day.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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USD82.94
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Private Tour: Palaces of Portugal with Ericeira

If you’re a fan of regal residences and majestic architecture, this private 10-hour tour of Portugal’s finest palaces won’t disappoint. Travel with ease and efficiency to two palatial wonders — the Palace of Quelez and the Palace of Mafra — and stop at two charming coastal villages along the way. This tour allows you to discover places off the tourist trail and also includes a seafood lunch and round-trip transport from your Lisbon hotel.
  • Duration: 1 day
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USD232.00
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Tomar and Mafra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

Escape of the beaten track and discover a Knight Templars stronghold and one of the largest royal palaces in Portugal. In Tomar be amazed by the 12th century Convento de Cristo (Convent of Christ) and its relation to the Portuguese history. Have free time for lunch in the beautiful town of Tomar. Explore the huge royal palace in Mafra with it's many rooms and secrets.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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USD92.80
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Mafra National Palace and Ericeira in One Day from Lisbon

Often omitted from Portugal itineraries, Mafra and Ericeira are historic towns with their own unique charm. Tick off both on a private full-day tour from Lisbon, a personalized experience ideal for first-time visitors. Take a tour of Mafra National Palace, a former Franciscan monastery home to 1,200 rooms; explore the fishing village of Ericeira, where you’ll have chance to enjoy a seafood lunch at your own expense; and visit a traditional craft village renowned for its ceramics. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD91.64
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mafra and Ericeira Private Day Trip from Lisbon

Take a full-day sightseeing tour to Mafra, a picturesque village with attractions such as the Mafra National Palace (Palácio Nacional de Mafra). After exploring the immense palace, stop into the Aldeia Tipica of Jose Franco, a house full of ceramic sculpture and artifacts that the artist created to show life in a typical village in Portugal. Continue to the coastal village of Ericeira for lunch and a stroll around the village and the beach. Learn about the region from your private guide, who shares informative commentary throughout the day.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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USD255.20
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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