Portugal Rewind: Another trip worth taking outside of Lisbon is to Mafra. Easily reached by bus from Campo Grande bus station which is next to the metro of the same name. Journey takes about 45 minutes. From there be sure to head to Ericeria with its white washed buildings and blue trimmings.
As for Mafra, construction of this colossal building started back in 1717 and it took over 50,000 people to build the 1000 roomed palace. It was where the last king of Portugal (Manuel II) spent his last night before going into exile.
The basilica is well worth checking out (see my Instagram stories for a shot). Those bell towers are the world’s largest collection of bells. 96 in total and can be heard for up to 15 miles when they ring out on Sunday afternoons. You don’t want to be stood near them when they go off.
Also don’t miss the stunning interior of the palace’s library containing an incredible collection of books as well. All in all, if you have an extra day, Mafra and Ericeria are not to be missed.
So, who is feeling inspired to visit Portugal?