Meet the Tapada
Past and present of Tapada
Tapada Nacional de Mafra was created during King João V’s realm as a part of the monarchy’s and his court’s entertainment and leisure after the construction of the Convent. Today it stands out as a natural patrimony of unique features with an area of over eight hundred hectares where red deers, fallow deers, wild boars, foxes, birds of prey and many other species dwell in a scenery of an unusual rich and diversified flora. As it has always been the best place for hunting and the leisure of sovereigns, the Tapada de Mafra still holds its noble state which is thoroughly respected and preserved.
Not only is the Tapada de Mafra interesting due to its natural patrimony but also because of its Museums. The former undoubtedly plays and important role in awareness activities and in environmental education and the latter comprise the Tojeira Museum with its antique fire arm collection and the collection of red deer’s and fallow deer’s antlers. The Car Museum of Animal Traction with its breques, aranhas, landaus, vitórias, faytons, coupés and other cars of the nineteenth century. All of this make the Tapada de Mafra a necessary stop in every quality tour guide of the Lisbon region.
The Tapada de Mafra has a great variety of activities and services at you disposal however it does so bearing in mind its constant harmony with nature. Thus it never loses sight of its unique state of a true natural jewel one needs to preserve. The public in general can visit and travel in the Tapada by articulated train or by following its pedestrian trails. There are also tracks for BTT and the bow and the cross-bow lovers can find the Tapada the ideal place for the practice of this sport eight in a shooting field or in special hunting areas.
Taking advantage of the majestic scenery, the Tapada de Mafra also has facilities and every back up infrastructures to hold meetings for festive or entrepreneurial events. The Guest House of rural tourism is open throughout the year and it provides the best conditions to lodge the hunting participants, to hold business meetings and to allow strategic reflections of little groups who can also use King Carlos Hunting Pavilion for the same purpose.
The Tapada is still the National Hunting Zone. Today as it was in its foundation, the hunting exercise is carried out under unique conditions and in total respect for nature. In the Tapada there are no natural predators that can control the density or select the animal population, therefore hunting has fulfilled this role taking into account the adequate cynegetic management of the area.