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From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

1. From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

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.

From Lisbon: Obidos, Mafra & The Silver Coast Private Trip

2. From Lisbon: Obidos, Mafra & The Silver Coast Private Trip

After being picked up from your accommodation, it is an hours drive, roof down, up the motorway to the stunning town of Orbidos. Admire the views from the motorway and as we approach down the hill. You will get an opportunity to spend about 2 hours here, exploring the narrow streets, shops and cafes, take in the views from the city walls, drink Ginjinha de Óbidos (sour cherry brandy) or coffee if you like!! Once you have finished exploring you can either remain here for lunch or head to the coast and the gorgeous town of Foz do Arelho. You can lunch at one of the shoreline cafes, whilst admiring the views across the sand to the lagoon in one direction and the Atlantic Ocean in the other. Take a walk along the beach, spend time soaking up the sun, the time is yours. When you have had enough it is back in the car and onto Mafia with it's stunning palace.. You will be amazed at it's size and beauty as we approach Mafra. Be stunned as we approach the palace. Here you will get about 2 hours to explore the palace in all it's glory. When your legs can take no more, it's time for a coffee before returning to your accommodation either by motorway (Lisbon) or the coastal road (Cascais/Sintra).

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4.7 / 5

based on 262 reviews

we were transported in a vehicle which was clean and super comfortable and John our driver and guide was a careful driver. He was a lively and informative guide who’s knowledge of the two sites was expansive. We had ample time at both sites, and learned so much from John, info which we would not have been able to find out by ourselves. We especially loved walking on top of the walls of Obidos, and the long inner corridors of the Mafra Palace. John even provided a recommendation for a quick lunch which was a local bakery where the food was excellent. We would highly recommend this tour. Thanks John!

Although it was a rainy day our guide Nelson was great. When we were in the van he told us so much about the sights we were going to see and many other things too. And he had extra umbrellas! We could have used more time in all of the locations but it was great to get an overview of them and now I know where I want to visit again in the future. Obrigada!

Hermes es un guia y conductor excelente, muy puntual. Conocimos la ciudad de Coimbra, la Universidad, la antigua Catedral, la Biblioteca, vistas impresionantes de la ciudad. Siendo un tour privado, cambiamos Obidos por el complejo de la Virgen de Fatima.

Wonderful day with Iain! He is a gracious driver/guide who makes every effort to cater to your specific requests--and in his beautiful car! Highly recommend!

A very nice tour. The tour guide was very friendly and entertaining. The car was extremely clean and comfortable. Everything just great