We will start thistour of the coastal and rural villages outside Lisbon with avisit to Queluz National Palace and Gardens.
Built as a royal residence by King Peter III, Queluz is one of the best examples of late 18th-century Rococo Portuguese architecture. Home to an important collection of decorative arts, the palace also boasts beautiful geometric gardens of lakes, sculptures and a colorfully-tiled canal.
Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and ocean, before driving to the fishing village of Ericeira, where you can taste fresh seafood and fish pulled straight from the ocean.
Although one of the most popular surf destinations in Europe, with large scale 20th-century developments, Ericeira has managed to maintain its characteristic atmosphere.
In the afternoon, go to Mafra National Palace, which benefited greatly from Portugals adventures in Brazil and boasts sumptuous Baroque buildings and a major library. It was here that the Nobel prize-winning author, Jos Saramago was inspired to write his best-known novel, Baltasar and Blimunda, set around the construction of the Convent of Mafra.