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Following the building of the Mafra National Palace in 1755, during the reign of king João V, the Tapada Nacional de Mafra was created as a natural park for the Portuguese Royal family. Covering over 8 square kilometres, the park holds many different species of deer, wild boar, foxes, birds of prey and many other animals coexisting in an unusually rich and diversified natural habitat. 

Once a favourite of the Portuguese monarchy for hunting and other leisure pursuits, the Tapada has since become a heritage site open to the public in order to aid its preservation and continuity. Its natural beauty ensures it as an excellent location for people who wish to get away from it all. The Tapada is also open for walking, mountain biking, horse riding, archery and crossbow shooting activities.

There are several trails that run through the Tapada, including a 9K walk that takes you through the beautiful hills and vistas starting at the main gate near Gradil. The trails weave their way through the reserve and it’s possible to see herds of deer, which are not often seen elsewhere in Portugal. It’s a great place for artists and lovely place to spend the day or an afternoon.


We will tailor make your experience.

We can accommodate groups of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 16 – and we will put a package together to suit your needs.

An example of one of our courses and the cost is below.


Our 5 day workshop includes:

5 day workshop, drawing and painting in different locations including our studio

  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • Refreshments and in-between nibbles on workshop days
  • All workshop materials
  • 3-course farewell dinner on the last night
  • A member of the Art Café team will always be on hand to ensure your group is well looked after

4 nights hotel accommodation

  • At Quinta dos Machos or at Mata Pequena Village, including full rustic Portuguese breakfast


On the basis of two guests sharing.

Packages exclude flights, airport transfers, car rental and extra activities. Price doesn't apply to peak or school holiday season periods when prices escalate accordingly.

Contact us to check prices and availability.