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Queluz, Regaleira, Capuchos, Mafra, Franco, Ericeira - full day
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Leave Lisbon and stop at Queluz, one of Portugal's most sumptuous palaces. Commissioned in 1747 and
long used as the summer residence for royals, it is the country's finest example of Rococo architecture.
Extensive eighteenth century formal gardens are preserved as a museum also in Rocaille style.

Proceed to Quinta da Regaleira, an estate located near the historic center of Sintra. It is classified as a World
Heritage Site by UNESCO within the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra". Along with other palaces in this area
(such as the Pena, Monserrate and Seteais palaces), it is one of the principal tourist attractions of Sintra.
It consists of a romantic palace
and chapel, and a luxurious park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of
exquisite constructions.

Driving through the twisted roads of Sintra mountain we arrive to Capuchos convent, the smallest convent
in Portugal, dug in the granite rock of Sintra. Hidden in the woods, the bewitchingly hobbit-hole-like convent
was built in 1560 to house 12 monks who lived in incredibly cramped conditions, their tiny cells having low,
narrow doors.
Queluz tour

Next is Mafra convent and palace: dating from the XVIII century, one of the biggest constructions in Europe, all made of marble, with
5,200 doorways, 2,500 windows, 880 halls and rooms, 154 staircases, 29 courtyards, and two bell towers boasting the world's largest
collection of bells (57 in each) that can be heard for 24km (15 miles) away.
An impressive building telling about the wealth of king John V. The Church of this huge Monastery  is also remarkable for the quality
of its pink and gray marbles and has a 200 feet high dome. Don’t miss the library which is 90 meters long and has 40.000 rare books.

Close by is Franco house with small houses and monuments of Portugal. In the village of Sobreiro, visitors can enjoy this model village,
complete in every detail, produced by José Franco who worked in clay and created this mechanized town, which recreates life like it was
in the old days. The space is full of miniatures that are mainly moved by water (shops, houses and villages).

Finally we arrive at Ericeira fishermen village and Atlantic Ocean resort. Perched on cliffs overlooking the sea, Ericeira is famous for its
beautiful beaches. With its narrow cobblestone streets, characteristic housing, singular monuments, the sea, the fishing, the cuisine, the
bold Atlantic views, Ericeira is also internationally renowned as a surfing spot.
Queluz tour
Queluz National Palace is a Portuguese 18th-century palace is one of the last great Rococo buildings to be
designed in Europe. The palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become
husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration
for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786.
Queluz Palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent, John VI, and his family and remained
so until the Royal Family fled to Brazil in 1807 following the French invasion of Portugal. Work on the palace
began in 1747. Despite being far smaller, the palace is often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles and today is
open to the public as a major tourist attraction.
Regaleira palace is also known as "Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire", from the nickname of its first owner
and he designed the 4-hectare estate with its enigmatic buildings, believed to hide symbols related to alchemy,
Masonry, the Knights Templar, and the Rosicrucians. The architecture of the estate evokes Roman, Gothic,
Renaissance and Manueline architectural styles. The palace has five floors. The ground floor contains a series
of hallways connecting the living room, dining room, billiards room, balcony, some smaller rooms and several
stairways. In turn, the first upper floor contains bedrooms and a dressing room. The second upper floor
contains Carvalho Monteiro's office, and female servants' bedrooms. The third upper floor contains the ironing
room and a smaller room with access to a terrace. Finally, the basement contains the male servants' bedrooms,
the kitchen, and storage rooms.
Sintra tour
Convento dos Capuchos in Sintra is one of the most bizarre attractions the town has to offer. Located deep
in the woods, the Convento is a hobbit-like building. The architect purposely designed the Convento dos
Capuchos to have low ceilings, narrow doorways, and small spaces. The result is that visitors feel as if they've
stepped into a magical world for tiny beings. This little monastery, constructed amid the rocks of Sintra in
fulfilment of a vow by Dom Álvaro de Castro (1560), its cells and dependencies lined with cork, is a wonderful
example of Christian austerity in its simplicity of decoration and meagre materials and space. The little chapel,
the refectory, the living quarters, almost troglodyte in dimension, are cut into the crags, and underline the
intention of meditation inherent in the project.
Commonly called «Mafra Convent» includes the Palace, the Monastery, the Library and the Basilica.
The building of the most opponent Portuguese Baroque monument began in 1717, under the supervision
of the German architect Friedrich Ludwig. The works were concluded by 1730. The façade is about 660
ft long, with the Basilica in the middle and the Palace and the Monastery on each side. The marble came
from the quarries of Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra, the wood from Brazil. From France, Belgium, Italy and
Holland arrived the bells, the statues, the carillons, the silver table ware and the chandeliers. All this
amounts to an enormous building with 880 rooms, 300 cells, 4500 doors and windows, 154 staircases and
29 courtyards. The Royal Palace was a summer residence, besides lodging the Court during the hunting
season. An enormous corridor crosses the palace, giving access to all its rooms and chambers. The
magnificent Library, kept by the friars, has about 36 thousand rare books!
Mafra tour
Ericeira tour
Ericeira is a fishing village 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Lisbon. It has has the Atlantic Ocean as an eternal
companion. Out of this relationship, the sun has given the best of its light and an ocean of traditions has
been born. The hospitality of its people, the harmony of the "old village" with its narrow cobblestone streets,
characteristic housing, singular monuments, the sea, the fishing, the cuisine, the bold Atlantic views and the
multiplicity of cultural programming interlace here in a grand way to welcome its visitors. Picturesquely located
above the steep and rocky coast, full of clefts and caves, Ericeira, which has a long tradition as a little port and
fishing village, has come increasingly to rely on earnings from tourism generated by the nearby beaches.
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