Private day Tour Queluz Mafra and Ericeira from Lisbon
VISIT MAFRA PALACE
We started the Mafra Palace Tour from Lisbon. It was built by D. João V in the first half of the 19th century. XVIII, as a result of a vote that the young king made if the queen D. Maria Ana of Austria gave him descendants, the Palace of Mafra is the most significant monument of the Baroque in Portugal, integrating a Royal Palace, a Basilica, a Franciscan Convent and an important Library, synthesis of the encyclopedic knowledge of the century. XVIII.
Mafra's greatest treasure is the library, with a collection of more than 40,000 books with gold-bound leather bindings, including a first edition of Luís de Camões's Os Lusíadas. In the reign of D. João VI the Palace was inhabited all year round in 1807, before the departure of the court to Brazil, and it is due to the decorative renovation of some of the most important rooms.
ERICEIRA is a charming Portuguese fishing town that is situated along a coastline of outstanding surfing beaches. This powerful and reliable surf has transformed peaceful Ericeira into a surfing mecca; boasting both a chilled daytime scene and a lively nightlife, along with excellent accommodation options and top-rated tourist facilities. Today Ericeira is a perfect fusion of Portuguese heritage with an ultra-cool surfing ambience, where traditional fishermen’s cottages nestle amongst trendy lounge bars and cafes. Ericeira is adored by the Portuguese, who flock to the town in the summer months, drawn by the beautiful beaches and delicious seafood (which the town is renowned for).
The Cliffs in Ericeirawhich meander along the banks of Ericeira beach, also give it a unique beauty, as do the fishermen's boats that bring the land the best and freshest fish that can be tasted in many of the village's restaurants. Surfers, not only national but also international, look for the best waves in Ericeira, which is a world reference for athletes.
VISIT QUELUZ PALACE
Queluz PalaceIt was first built in the 17th century as a manor house for King Pedro II, but was later enlarged and transformed into a graceful palace. Today it is well preserved and open to the public, while also often accommodating state guests and dignitaries (former U.S. presidents Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan, and Bill Clinton all stayed or dined here). In the summer months it also hosts classical music concerts (part of the Sintra music festival) as well as equestrian shows. Queluz is a beautiful national palace that served as the official royal residence during the 18th century while the mad queen Dom Maria I was hid away from public view. This fascinating palace is located partway between Lisbon and Sintra, which means it is often overlooked by tourists, but for those who visit will be rewarded with an exquisite Baroque palace that has an intriguing history.
One of the highlights inside is the grandiose but elegant Throne Room, once the scene of splendid balls and banquets, lined with mirrors and adorned with crystal chandeliers and gilded statues. Beyond is the Music Room, where the queen's orchestra ("the best in Europe", according to English traveler William Beckford) performed operas and concerts. Also noteworthy is the royal bedroom, a square room with stunning murals of Cervantes' "Don Quixote," a domed ceiling, and a floor decoration in exotic woods giving it a circular appearance. The Ambassadors' Room is just as outstanding, with a marble floor and a ceiling painting of the royal family attending a concert. English and French-style furniture, fine porcelain, and Arraiolos carpets fill the other rooms.
The gardens of the Palace of Queluz,one of the most important historical gardens in Portugal, present the most significant set of statues of the British sculptor John Cheere (1709-1787), outside English territory, which gives it a great importance in the international artistic panorama. The Gardens of the National Palace of Queluz cover an area of 16 hectares (40 acres) in what was the former Royal Estate of Queluz. Used by the Royal Family as a privileged setting for its festivities and celebrations, especially in the period from 1752 to 1786, the gardens represent a valuable national heritage and are highly distinctive in landscape terms, being considered one of Portugal’s most important historical gardens.
Pickups in areas like: Alfama, Bairro Alto and Baixa de Lisboa, or with difficulty of access of the car we will mark a meeting point for the Pickup
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