VISIT THE TRAILS

Between the Tagus and the Atlantic – indomitable Nature
From the king’s departure for Brazil, through the French occupation and until the ringing of the bells to signal the arrival of the allies, the Palace is the starting point for a Line that extends to the Atlantic.

TRAIL: FROM THE PALACE TO THE ATLANTIC

The National Palace in Mafra was the setting for several key events during the Peninsular War. It was there that the king, Don João, decided to leave for Brazil as the forces of the First French Invasion rapidly approached.

On 8th December 1807, twelve years after the Royal Family had left Mafra, the same walls witnessed the arrival of French troops and, some months later, the Anglo-Portuguese army entered the town pursuing them, to the peal of bells and carillons. Explore the Palace, walking along the corridors and through the rooms which still echo with the steps of the historical figures that went before. Discover one of the most important libraries in Portugal, housing a valuable collection, and be enchanted by the faithful guardians of the books.

Visit the Lines of Torres Vedras Heritage and Visitors’ Centre and go from there to explore Fort Zambujal – a unique piece of military architecture. From the raised path – as if you were standing on a balcony – look across the beautiful, fertile valley and watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean. Finish the trail at dusk with a stroll along the beach.

mapa palacio atlantico

LINES OF TORRES VEDRAS HERITAGE AND VISITORS’ CENTRE

Av. das Forças Armadas, 28 | 2640-495 Mafra

(+351) 261 817 170

turismo@cm-mafra.pt

www.cilt.pt

Monday to Sunday | 10.00am to 1.00pm / 2.00pm to 6.00pm

WHERE TO EAT

Allow yourself to be transported back to the Lines by experiencing the taste of local dishes using local ingredients, accompanied by a sprinkling of anecdotes that recreate the flavours of the 19th century.

WHERE TO SLEEP

Because you’ll want to stay, pick a location where you can recharge your batteries, where tranquility and a sense of well-being go hand in hand with history.

WHAT TO SEE

From Torres Vedras, you can climb to the tops of hills and visit the castle and other historic sites which illustrate the past. You can listen to the chimes marking the passage of time; breathe in the intense, warm aroma of the countryside; swim in the cooling waters of a very blue sea which plays on an endless golden beach.

WHAT TO DO

Today, the Lines of Torres Vedras are an excuse to live, feel and savour what this area has to offer. Along the Lines, you can try a little of everything: from adventure to sport; culture to wellbeing; from wines to fine food… Daydream with your family, your partner, or in a group. Dedicate your time to taking the best of what Life has to offer as you explore From the Palace to the Atlantic Trail.