Tapada Nacional de Mafra distinguished with “Five Star Regions Award”

 

Photography: RR

 

Tapada Nacional de Mafra was recently one of the winners of the “Cinco Estrelas Regiões” award (Five Star Regions Award) 2020, in the Sites and Heritage category.

The “Five Star Regions Award” describes Tapada Nacional de Mafra, which is part of a group classified as world heritage by UNESCO, as “a Mediterranean forest with a high diversity of native flora and fauna”.

With an area of ​​850 hectares, it is bounded by a 21 km long wall that has allowed the preservation of the natural habitat and the conservation of species. A living laboratory where the multifunctionality and economic value of ecosystems is evident.

Once a hunting and leisure area for the royal and noble families, today, a natural space with a history that allows visitors to enjoy contact with nature and animals: on pedestrian walks and train guided tours, being able to experience activities such as the beekeeping workshop and the demonstration of free flight.

This Award, which counts with three editions already, is an evaluation system that identifies, according to the Portuguese, the best in existence in each of the 20 regions (18 districts and 2 autonomous regions) in terms of natural resources, gastronomy, art and culture, heritage and other regional icons of national reference, also rewarding Portuguese companies that differ at regional level.

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