Enjoy a scenic 8-hour tour of the coastal villages and rural retreats of central Portugal on a full-day excursion to Queluz National Palace and Gardens, Mafra National Palace, the fishing village of Ericeira, and Azenhas do Mar on the Atlantic Coast.
What to Expect
Start this small group guided tour of the coastal and rural villages outside Lisbon with a guided visit to Queluz National Palace and Gardens.
Built as a royal residence by King Peter III, Queluz is one of the best examples of late 18th-century Rococo Portuguese architecture. Home to an important collection of decorative arts, the palace also boasts beautiful geometric gardens of lakes, sculptures and a colorfully-tiled canal.
Continue to the coastal village of Azenhas do Mar in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and ocean, before driving to the fishing village of Ericeira, where you can taste fresh seafood and fish pulled straight from the ocean.
Although one of the most popular surf destinations in Europe, with large scale 20th-century developments, Ericeira has managed to maintain its characteristic atmosphere.
In the afternoon, go to Mafra National Palace, which benefited greatly from Portugal’s adventures in Brazil and boasts sumptuous Baroque buildings and a major library. It was here that the Nobel prize-winning author, José Saramago was inspired to write his best-known novel, "Baltasar and Blimunda," set around the construction of the Convent of Mafra.
- Transportation by new spacious air-conditioned van
- Private professional tour guide
- Skip the line / fast track entry
- Road tolls
- Parking fees
- Traditional sweets and bottles of water
- Personalized pick-up and drop-off (Hotel / Address / Apartment / Airport / Cruise Terminal)
- Free time to explore at each stop
What's Not Included
- Monuments admission tickets
Pick-up from hotels, apartments or private addresses in Lisbon, or from the cruise terminal
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