#ERICEIRA #PORTUGAL

LAND OF SEA URCHINS, BEACH, SURFING AND NATURE.

FISHING VILLAGE WITH WHITEWASHED
STREETS TRIMMED IN BLUE

Ericeira is a charming fishing village on the west coast of Portugal. Known for its stunning beaches and vibrant surfing culture. Celebrated for its fresh seafood cuisine, and its coastline, which is part of the World Surfing Reserve, attracting surfers from all over the world.

The village’s narrow, cobblestone streets are lined with whitewashed houses, adorned with blue trim, leading down to the azure Atlantic Ocean.

PALÁCIO NACIONAL MAFRA

Classified as a National Monument in 1910, it was a finalist in the election of the Seven Wonders of Portugal in 2007 and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019. The masterpiece of Portuguese Baroque was commissioned by King John V (1689-1750) to fulfill a promise. The king promised to build a Palace-Convent in the town of Mafra if the Queen bore him an heir. And so it was. In 1717, construction began on the complex, also known as the Royal Convent of Mafra, covering over 40,000 m2 with 1,200 rooms, consisting of a Royal Palace, a Basilica, and a Convent.

TAPADA DE MAFRA

TAPADA DE MAFRA In the Tapada, one can follow hiking trails with or without a guide (4 to 9 km routes), mountain biking trails, tree climbing, carriage rides, and many other activities. Created during the reign of King John V, after the construction of the Mafra Convent, the Tapada, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was designed as a leisure park for the King and his court. It spans over 800 hectares of nature, including cork oaks, stone pines, and various types of oak trees.

JARDIM DO CERCO

Created in 1718 in the image of a Baroque Garden, inspired by Versailles, by King John V, this space extends over 8 hectares of woodland and gardens with nooks, shades, waterfalls, and a 4 km aqueduct that carries water from the springs at the highest point of the Tapada, through steep hills, to the gardens. In the famous Horta dos Frades, botanical species were planted to be consumed in the Convent and Palace of Mafra, in addition to the plants and roots harvested in the Tapada.

ÓBIDOS

A medieval town within walls, we find a well-preserved castle and a labyrinth of streets and white houses that enchant those who walk there. Among Manueline doorways, flowered windows, and small squares, and the famous Ginjinha de Óbidos, you will find a thousand picturesque corners to discover.

SINTRA

In the 19th century, Sintra was the destination of the Portuguese nobility and elites, and even today the romantic architecture evokes this charm of the past. A visit to Sintra must include a walk through the village's narrow streets, where you can discover beautiful nooks and period buildings, as well as a visit to the various palaces and idyllic gardens erected in the surroundings.

AZENHAS DO MAR

About half an hour by car, we find this village by the sea where the nativity scene of houses has been installed on the cliff edges. The Azenhas, as they are known, are a unique landscape in the world. With good and varied restaurants, landscapes, and natural spaces, the village is a must-stop for all types of travelers, but especially for food lovers.

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