Tapada de Mafra, a natural shrine
Tapada de Mafra is a well-preserved natural park near Lisbon where you may observe the animals wondering free in their natural environment.
Tapada de Mafra is one of the most well preserved Portuguese natural parks. It was created under the orders of King John V in 1747 as a recreation place for his court, following the construction of Mafra National Palace (Convento de Mafra) and covers an area of over eight hundred hectares.
Tapada de Mafra is a true natural patrimony where red deers, fallow deers, wild boars, foxes, birds of prey and many other species can be observed in a carefully preserved environment.
The diversified flora existing at Tapada is another highlight of this natural park of rare beauty, which main goal is to arise awareness for environmental education and nature protection. Let me tell you that spring is the best time for you to visit Tapada de Mafra due to the adorable cubs recently born.
Tapada de Mafra was considered the best place for hunting of the sovereigns ever since it was created, thus it accommodates the Tojeira Museum, worth of a visit for its antique firearm’s collection as well as a magnificent collection of deers’ antlers. Linked to this royal past is also the Car Museum of Animal Traction, where cars from the nineteenth century are exhibited.
The activities at Tapada de Mafra
Tapada de Mafra has several activities to offer, always bearing the nature harmony in mind. The public in general may visit the park by articulated train or following the pedestrian tracks. However for the BTT fans there are several tracks at their disposal.
The Tapada remains as a National Hunting Zone. Neverthless, hunting was always carried out under the strict rules of nature protection. In fact, this activity is very important for it makes possible the right cynegetic management of the park, by controlling the density of the animal population, fulfilling the lack of natural predators.
Tapada de Mafra Location
Tapada Nacional de Mafra Official Page
Main Image Credits
- Photo by Tiago C Lima