Mafra National Palace

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National Palace of Mafra Entry Tickets with Optional Lisbon Card

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  • Explore the majestic National Palace of Mafra and take in the beauty of this significant piece of architecture at your own pace.
  • Wander around the Royal Palace, a game reserve, an 18th-century hospital, a convent, and a basilica — all part of this complex.
  • Upgrade to a Lisbon Card for free access to public transport and top attractions, including the Mafra Palace, Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and more!
  • Your card gives you access to public transport including metros, buses, and even the famous Santa Justa Lift.

Inclusions

  • Admission to the Royal Palace
  • Access to the library
  • Access to Basilica
  • Access to convent
  • Lisbon Card:

Exclusions

  • Guide
  • Meals

National Palace of Mafra

  • Tip: During your visit, do check out the National Hunting Grounds of Mafra for unique sights.
  • To enter the basilica, dress modestly.

Lisbon Card

  • Tip: With the card, enjoy complimentary access to over 39 museums, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with unrestricted travel on public transport.
  • You can find the list of attractions covered in the Lisbon card here and instructions on how to use it here.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Mafra National Palace | A neoclassical Palace-monastery

The Mafra National Palace, also known as the Palácio Nacional de Mafra in Portuguese, is a monumental Baroque and Neoclassical palace located in Mafra, Portugal. It is one of the most impressive historical and cultural landmarks in the country, renowned for its architectural grandeur and vast size.

Why visit Mafra National Palace?

  • Architectural grandeur: The Mafra National Palace is a stunning example of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. The sheer size and opulence of the palace, showcases the wealth and power of 18th-century Portugal. 
  • Library of rare books: The palace's library is one of its most remarkable features. It houses a vast collection of around 36,000 ancient books and manuscripts, including rare and valuable works. 
  • Basilica and religious art: The basilica within the complex is a significant religious site dedicated to St. Anthony. It features impressive sculptures, paintings, and religious artwork.  
  • Monastery and Franciscan heritage: The monastery within the palace complex is still inhabited by Franciscan monks. Visitors can explore the serene surroundings and learn about the daily life of the monks
  • Historical significance: The palace has a rich history, closely tied to the monarchy of Portugal. The construction was initiated by King John V as a fulfillment of a vow, and it continued to serve as a royal residence.
  • National Monument: Designated as a national monument, the Mafra National Palace is a symbol of national pride and an important part of the country's cultural identity.

What to see at Mafra National Palace?

Basilica

The basilica is an integral part of the complex and is dedicated to St. Anthony. Adorned with impressive sculptures, paintings, and religious artwork, the basilica is a magnificent example of Baroque architecture.

Library

The library at Mafra is one of the most famous Baroque libraries in the world. Housing around 36,000 ancient books and manuscripts, the library features intricate woodwork, frescoes, and a colony of bats that help preserve the books.

Palace rooms

The Mafra National Palace boasts over 1,200 rooms, each with its unique design and purpose. Visitors can explore the opulent living quarters, reception rooms, and other spaces that provide a glimpse into the royal lifestyle of the 18th century.

Monastery

The palace complex includes a monastery where Franciscan monks still reside. Visitors can learn about the daily life of the monks and explore the serene surroundings of the monastery.

Conventual hospital

This is a unique feature of the palace, serving as a testament to the king's vow to build a hospital alongside the palace. The Conventual Hospital reflects the philanthropic efforts of the monarchy during that period.

Ceremonial hall

The Ceremonial Hall, also known as the Throne Room, is a grand space used for official ceremonies and receptions. It features lavish decorations and provides insight into the ceremonial functions of the palace.

Plan your visit to Mafra National Palace

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Opening times: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM 

Last entry: 4:45 PM

Closed: Tuesdays

Best time to visit: Plan your visit to Mafra National Palace between April and September, since the Portugues weather is pleasant during this time. However, if you want to avoid crowds, visit the palace from April to June or September to October. 

Address: Terreiro D. João V, Mafra, Portugal

Find on maps. 

  • By car: From Lisbon, take the A8 highway north towards Leiria and then exit for Mafra. 
  • By bus: Lisbon-Ericeira route
    Nearest stop: Terreiro D.

  • Visitor center
  • Washrooms
  • Audio guides
  • Gift shop
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • To avoid crowds and comfortably explore Mafra National Palace, plan your visit in the morning, just when the palace opens. 
  • Dress conservatively, since the Basilica inside the palace complex is a place of worship. Ensure your knees and shoulders are covered. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes and footwear since you will be walking a lot. 
  • The carillon bells inside the church tower are one of the unique features of the palace. To hear a carillon concert, plan your visit around 4:00 PM. 
  • The Mafra weather is unpredictable so carry a light sweater and umbrella with you. 

  • O Galã da Manhã: Located 290 m from Mafra Palace, O Galã serves Portuguese food with a modern twist. Some of their specialties include octopus and fish dishes.  
  • Restaurante Espaço P: Located 110 m from Mafra Palace, Espaço P is a popular restaurant that offers traditional Portuguese cuisine and modern fusion cuisine. 
  • Adego do Convento: Situated 650 m from Mafra Palace, Convento serves authentic Portuguese cuisine. Their grilled sardines dish is a must-try. 
  • Restaurante Escondidinho: Just 350 m from Mafra Palace, Escondidinho is known for its traditional dishes, especially its seafood dishes. 

Budget: Vila Mafra (490 m), Mafra Hotel (660 m), Mafra Guest House (670 m).   

Mid-range: Quinta dos Machados Countryside Hotel & Spa (7.1 km), Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira (8.3 km), Selina Boavista Ericeira & Surf School (8.3 km). 

Luxury:  Quinta Azul (6.3 km), Eco Soul Ericeira Guesthouse (7.4 km), Immerso (10.7 km). 

Beyond Mafra National Palace

Ericeira

A charming fishing village and popular seaside destination, Ericeira is known for its beautiful beaches, surfing opportunities, and traditional Portuguese architecture. It is located 9.5 km from Mafra National Palace. 

Tapada Nacional de Mafra

Located 7.6 km from Mafra Palace, Tapada Nacional de Mafra is a wildlife sanctuary and nature reserve. 

Sintra

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sintra which is located 21.2 km from Mafra Palace, is famous for its romantic 19th-century architecture, including the colorful Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle.

Frequently asked questions about Mafra National Palace tickets

How much is a ticket to Mafra National Palace?

A Mafra Palace ticket costs €22. 

How to book tickets to Mafra National Palace?

You can book tickets for the Mafra Palace either online or offline. Booking tickets online is recommended since it saves time and money. 

Why should I book Mafra National Palace tickets online?
  • Convenient: You can easily book tickets online from wherever you are and at any time. 
  • Cheaper rates: Tickets purchased online are cheaper than those purchased directly at the attraction. 
  • Guaranteed entry: Irrespective of the tourist season, tickets that are booked online guarantee your entry to the attraction on your chosen day and time. 
What do Mafra National Palace tickets include?

The tickets include access to the Royal Palace, library, Basilica, and convent. 

What is the cancelation policy for Mafra National Palace tickets?

Mafra Palace tickets cannot be canceled or rescheduled. 

How long does it take to complete a tour of Mafra National Palace?

It takes 2.5 hours to complete a tour of Mafra National Palace.