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Lisbon: Ericeira, Mafra Rural Beach and Wine Tour

1. Lisbon: Ericeira, Mafra Rural Beach and Wine Tour

Your journey begins with a morning pickup at your hotel in Lisbon, Cascais, Ericeira, or Sintra. From there, enjoy a brief ride to Mafra, about 40 minutes from Lisbon. Mafra’s convent is a masterpiece from the eighteenth century and one of the most important monuments of Portugal, unique for its two carillons with 92 bells, 1200 rooms, over 4,700 doors, and windows and the oldest library in the country with about 36,000 volumes of books and transcripts. After Mafra venture to the quaint Portuguese one-of-a-kind village of José Franco. This man was a sculptor and a poet who decided to build a living museum to show the customs, labor activities, and other aspects of Portuguese rural life back in his time in 1945. The result is a giant museum made into a village! Next, head to Ericeira, the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe and 2nd in the world. It is a touristic village also known for its blue and white colored streets and houses. In Ericeira enjoy some free time, for possibly a leisurely Portuguese lunch (not included) or a stroll through the town and by the seaside. Last but not least, to finish this exclusive day, head to an exquisite winery and cellar for a tasting and historical experience that will provide you with a fascinating insight into the world of Portugal’s wine production. A family-run business welcomes you to an entertaining and enlightening tour around wines and cellars to discover the secrets of the wine-making process. Learn how wine is produced and enjoy a tasting session of six different wines (four local wines and two other magnificent wines) accompanied by local bread and olives.  

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From Lisbon: Mafra and Ericeira Private Day Trip

2. From Lisbon: Mafra and Ericeira Private Day Trip

Choose your own adventure with an expert guide and embark on an exciting day trip from Lisbon. Allow your guide to suggest the best locations and restaurants and design your journey to suit your wishes.  Perhaps make a visit to Mafra Palace, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a magnificent library, or discover the stunning World Surfing Reserve of Ericeira on the western coast of Portugal. Embark on a train tour through an enchanting forest or visit the charming village of José Franco. Discover delicious Portuguese cuisine along the way and customize your experience with your guide as you go.

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Ericeira: 2-Hour World Surfing Reserve Private Bike Tour

3. Ericeira: 2-Hour World Surfing Reserve Private Bike Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour private bike tour around the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe. See its 7 magnificent wave hotspots that keep bringing surf lovers back to Ericeira, home to regional and international surf competitions alike.  Benefit from a route tailored to your group by your guide, with some challenging climbs and relatively easy single tracks. Expect mostly single-track and dirt roads, with a few paved roads and great sightseeing all around.  Head across Ericeira’s cliffs and it's amazing coastline with your guide. Embrace the 20km-ride with 300m climb on a tour for all kinds of mountain bike riders. Contrast the cliffs with Ericeira’s rural countryside in the natural park and hidden bays with beautiful beaches. See well-known hotspot such as Ribeira d’Ilhas and Coxos.

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Ericeira, Cabo da Roca: E-Bike Tour

4. Ericeira, Cabo da Roca: E-Bike Tour

Journey through varied scenery and terrain with a stunning route with a great mix between coastal landscape and countryside. Marvel at the impressive coastline cliffs of Ericeira, Cabo da Roca, and the rural countryside of the Sintra Natural Park. Discover stunning views, riding an electrical bicycle, be surrounded by good people, and be in contact with nature. Whether you are an experienced bike rider or beginner, this tour is for every kind of explorer. The ride will take around 5 hours and you will complete a distance of about 70 km along the coast. Expect some challenging climbs and relatively easy single tracks, with great sightseeing all around. The route will be tweaked for your group by your guide. Expect some challenging climbs and relatively easy single tracks along the journey.

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Mafra, Ericeira, & Sintra Private Tour from Lisbon

5. Mafra, Ericeira, & Sintra Private Tour from Lisbon

Leave the traditional Lisbon and Sintra tours, and join this private tour to Mafra to discover a magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palaces from the 18th century. Your private full-day tour begins with a pick-up at your Lisbon accommodation and a drive to Mafra, where you’ll visit the Mafra National Palace. On a tour of the palace you’ll visit the library, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Mafra’s grandiose palace-monastery defies description. Ordered by King João V in 1717 to celebrate the birth of his first child, it was reputedly designed to compete in magnificence with the Spanish royal palace. The overwhelming architectural details include over 5000 doorways, 2500 windows, 880 rooms, 154 grandstaircases, 29 courtyards, and 330 monks’ cells. The two bell towers together house over 100 bells (the largest collection in the world), still played every Sunday and audible across a distance of 25 kilometers (15 miles). Tour the lavish royal apartments; visit the 11 chapels of the pink and grey marble basilica; marvel at the bizarremedical instruments in the hospital and pharmacy; and walk around the beautiful eight-square-kilometer wildlife garden, originally conceived by the King as a deer park and source of hunting, entertainment, food and firewood. Last but by no means least, save time for the mind-blowing library; adorned with marble and jacarandawood, it is one of Europe’s finest, housing over 40,000 rare volumes including the earliest edition of Homer in Greek, a trilingual bible from the early 16th century and a first edition of Os Lusíadas by Luís de Camões, regarded as Portugal’s national poet. Not far from Mafra, travel back in time to the turn of the 20th century at Olaria Tipica Joao Franco (Typical Village of José Franco). This fascinating and somewhat surreal miniature working village showcases the traditional culture and handicrafts of the surrounding area, crafted using traditional techniques by renowned Portuguese potter and sculptor José Silos Franco. During the visit worth trying the bread with sausage (pão com chouriço), it is very tasty! There is also an on-site shop selling handmade pottery from around the country. The village depicts the true story of the region and undoubtedly arouses the curiosity of the many travellers of all ages that frequently pass through here. In the same space, you can also see a permanent exhibition of the ceramic works of José Franco. After this emersion in history you will go and visit the fishing village of Ericeira, take a stroll, taste the local gastronomy and get to know a bit more of its history. Ericeira is an authentic fisherman town. Here you can still see fishing boats, strong waves, and small fisherman houses. It will be the perfect place for an incredibly fresh fish lunch. In the area there is also a miniature village depicting the town's traditions. Recently, this fishing village was included in the list of the 10 “coolest small cities in Europe”. It is famous for its history, cliffs, sandy beaches, surfing, fresh seafood and fresh fish. It's the best place for fresh lunch. Afterwards, the tour continues to Sintra, mainly through rural landscapes. Discover Sintra's monuments and downtown where you'll have some time to explore old streets of Sintra and checking the village viewpoint.

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Ericeira: Private Sunset Bike Tour

6. Ericeira: Private Sunset Bike Tour

Watch the sunset while you ride your bike through Europe's only World Surfing Reserve Ericeira. Take in the peaceful atmosphere of this special time of the day while you cycle along the coast on one side and the beautiful Portuguese countryside on the other. Ride along breathtaking cliffs and through rural landscapes on this 12-mile (20 kilometer) long mountain bike tour. Expect mostly single tracks, dirt  and paved roads, challenging climbs and great sightseeing all around. A private tour not only for experienced mountain bike riders, but for all kind of explorers.

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