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.
Av. das Forças Armadas, 28 | 2640-495 Mafra
(+351) 261 817 170
Monday to Sunday | 10.00am to 1.00pm / 2.00pm to 6.00pm