Historic Óbidos and Mafra Private Tour
Leave the traditional Lisbon & Sintra tours, and join this private tour to Óbidos and Mafra. Discover the palace of Mafra. A magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country. Therefore, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palaces from the 18th century. Its construction began on November 17, 1717, and it integrates 4 buildings in one: the Palace, the Convent, the Basilica and a Library.
You will walk through the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 m long). All made of limestone and marble from this region, Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra. Most importantly, this building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 sqm2). It includes an amazing 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards.
Furthermore, the library itself, is one of the most important in Europe. Due to having an enormous variety of books, more than 30,000 volumes, from the XVth to the XVIIIth century.
Finally, the palace is flanked by two towers. The basilica is the “centerpiece” of the facade having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, commissioned by D. João V.
Above all, you will explore Óbidos. 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.
Each July (at an extra cost) 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 hundreds of entertainers and stallholders dressed as merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers and more.
Visitors can shop at the traditional handcrafts fair or watch medieval shows, horse displays and a costumed parade that winds its way through the streets. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.
Highlights: discover the fascinating Óbidos’ Museum Village with your expert guide; stroll the charming streets of one of Portugal’s most captivating villages; behold the beauty of the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, Monastery, Basilica and library.