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Make a holiday rental farmhouse or self-catering villa in Mafra, Portugal your home away from home

Nestled on the west coast of Portugal, 40km north of Lisbon is the small town of Mafra. This unassuming town has a charming, welcoming atmosphere and is well situated to explore the Costa do Estoril and Costa de Prata regions of Portugal.

Things to do on holiday in Mafra, Portugal

The primary tourist attraction in the town is the Mafra National Palace (Palácio de Mafra). The Baroque palace is filled with extravagant rooms that were once royal apartments, a monastery, a library, a hospital, and a royal basilica. The two bell towers contain the world’s largest collection of bells and can be heard miles away when they ring on Sundays. There are guided tours of the Mafra Palace, which allow visitors to learn about the history and culture of the town. Attached to the palace is a wildlife park that was once a royal hunting ground. Other attractions in the town include the Nature Centre for the Preservation of the Iberian Wolf, as well as a museum that contains a collection of antique horse-drawn carriages.

Mafra’s central location provides visitors with plenty of things to do on holiday. For visitors who enjoy outdoor activities there are numerous hiking trails that offer the possibility to explore the coastal region on foot, or on horseback. At the port village of Ericeira visitors to self-catering homes in Mafra can enjoy the catch of day at restaurants that offer traditional Portuguese gastronomy. There are also beaches nearby, including Ribeira d'Ilhas Beach and Praia da Vigia where visitors to villas in Mafra can enjoy sun bathing, swimming, water skiing, surfing and scuba diving. Further south you’ll find the fashionable Estoril-Cascais beaches.

Places to visit on holiday in Mafra, Portugal

The bustling city of Lisbon is only a short drive away from Mafra accommodation, and is a great day trip destination. The beautiful and mixed architecture of the Hieronymites Monastery, Belem tower and St. George's Castle will impress visitors. Other attractions include the Chiado shopping district, Praça do Comércio plaza and the Gulbenkian Museum.

Sintra is located 25km away from Mafra and is well worth a visit just for the spectacular surroundings. The area is a UNESCO world heritage site and contains remains of a Moorish Castle and the 19th century Pena Palace. There are walking trails that take visitors through the picturesque woods to the Moorish Castle.

Weather in Mafra, Portugal

Villas in Mafra enjoy a mild Mediterranean climate. The town is sunny throughout the year. Summer temperatures can reach 36°C in the hottest months, but the Gulf Stream brings relief from the extreme heat. Winters are wet and cool with temperatures around 15°C. Most rain falls between October and April.

Flights to Mafra, Portugal

Reaching villas in Mafra has never been easier. Lisbon Airport (LIS) is conveniently located only 40km away from Mafra accommodation. easyJet, BMIbaby, TAP and British Airways offer direct flights to Lisbon from Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and London airports. There are hourly buses to Mafra that depart from Lisbon’s Campo Grande bus terminal. Visitors can also hire a car and enjoy the short drive to holiday rentals in Mafra.

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                                                                                                      We were very, very pleased with our experience in the Secret Garden apartment. Glenn, Guillaume and Shana are exceptional hosts---attentive and responsive, yet unobtrusive. It was easy to arrange a booking, payment and communication with Glenn. The apartment was well maintained, very clean and had lovely decorative touches. The bed was comfortable, large and well-lit for reading. There was plenty of storage space in the bedroom closet. We really enjoyed the shower---plenty of warm water and pressure, a most adjustable shower head and sprayer, and quite spacious. The bathroom was small, but was clean and functional. The terrace attached to the bedroom was charming and had plenty of clothesline for hanging stuff. The Internet connection was fast and efficient. The guidebook was very interesting and helpful. The kitchen, though small, was well supplied with dishware, cutlery and utensils. The fridge was spacious. The entire apartment has very modern windows, which open, close and lock nicely. We really enjoyed listening to the sounds of the charming small street outside our kitchen window. The laundry facility was conveniently located around the corner---it had both washing machines and dryers (which were most appreciated) as were the bathroom and comfortable couch in the waiting area. There are so many great places to eat within short walking distance of the apartment that you wouldn’t need to wander far, unless you wished to. Lisbon itself is a gem of a city---friendly people, wonderful architecture, great public transportation, and a terrific range of shopping and dining. One very small thing we would have liked--- more substantial, fluffier pillows on our bed! When we return to Lisbon, which we unquestionably will, Glenn will be our “go-to-guy” for accommodation. Thanks so much!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      So impressed ... we have booked to stay again

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                                                                                                      Just returned from a weeks stay at the Haven. Tito very kindly chauffeured my wife and I from and back to the airport as part of his first class service. The apartment building is located in an excellent position close to all amenities. The apartment itself is on the 15th (top) floor with unrestricted views over the river. The interior is spotlessly clean with impressive furniture and fittings, especially the quality of the towels and bedding. Everything you could wish for is provided ... even down to dental floss. We could go on and on with more superlatives, but to show how good it is we have already booked to return in March.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Exceeded all expectations

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                                                                                                      Our party of four have just returned from 9 days in this beautiful property. It is a wonderful house, light, airy and spacious. The garden and the pool are even more beautiful than the pictures depict and there are seating areas both in the shade and the sun. Vicky and her husband are wonderful hosts, warm, friendly and helpful. The house is wonderfully well equipped, with every convenience (and then some) provided. It is lovely and cool at night and sunny and bright during the day. We surprised ourselves by eating at home on a few evenings, purely because the kitchen is so well equipped and if you don't feel like going out, there are some good TV stations and DVDs to watch also. The house was spotlessly clean upon arrival, and we immediately felt at home. In fact we never really wanted to leave! There are plenty of relaxing areas for your party to split up, so you never feel like you're on top of each other. The nearest supermarket, pharmacy and fruit and veg shop are only a few minutes walk away. It's a very pleasant 10 minute walk to Cascais itself, and taxis are plentiful at night for coming home, rarely costing more than €4 or €5. To add to all of that, we had wonderful weather for mid-late September, with no humidity and a little cool in the evenings which we loved. We would all have no hesitation in recommending this property. The reviews which encouraged us to rent it were correct in every sense and we would echo all the positive comments. Thanks again for everything Vicky!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016