Deeply linked to the history of the Templar Knights in Portugal, Tomar is located on the banks of the Nabão River and is bordered to the southwest by the Serra d´Aire e Candeeiros. It presents some remains of the Paleolithic period, of the Roman occupation and even of the Arab presence, being, however, the marks of the Order of the Templars and of the Order of Christ the most interesting. In the historic center, visit the Church of São João Baptista, the Church of Santa Maria dos Olivais and the Old Synagogue. Also worth visiting are the Convento de Cristo Aqueduct and the Castelo de Bode Dam. The gastronomy of Tomar offers you delicious typical dishes: black pudding with rice and turnip greens, lamprey, slices of Tomar, "Beija-me Depressa" sweets, fresh cheese pudding, egg sweets and "gila" cheesecake.
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Igreja de São João Baptista
The foundation date of this church is uncertain, but it is known that it was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century by Dom Manuel I and completed around 1510. It has three naves defined by pointed arches and is flanked by a bell tower. It is decorated with Manueline motifs and, inside, the pulpit and the vault of …
Castelo de Tomar
Castle built in the 12th century with the aim of becoming the seat of the Knights Templar. Built in a high location, only the walls that surround the citadel, the castle with its keep and the temple with a circular plan remain from the original building. Inside the temple, you can see an octagonal "charola", a Romanesque-style building. D. Henrique …
Centro Histórico de Tomar
City closely linked to the Templars and the Order of Christ. When they arrived to Portugal, they spread castles across different domains, but Tomar was the center of the territory. After the castle, they built the "Charola" of Convento de Cristo, considered the most beautiful and well-preserved religious building of the Templars in Europe. Bathed by the River Nabão, Tomar …
Convento de Cristo
It initially belonged to the Order of the Temple and passed, in the reign of D. Dinis, to the Order of Christ. It is one of the main monuments of national architecture, where all the aesthetic stages, from the 12th to the 18th century, are profusely documented. Of note is the Cloister of D João III, the main Cloister of …
Moinhos e Lagares d'El-Rei
Set of buildings on the right bank of the Nabão River, on a platform built on an artificial channel that diverts the waters of the Nabão River. Mills and hydraulic presses operated there, and there are projects to transform the …
Cinetheater with a room with a "U" plan with a capacity of 392 seats. It was in 1855 that the construction of the Teatro Nabantino began, in the place where, later, the Cineteatro Paraíso would appear, inaugurated in 1924.
Antiga Sinagoga de Tomar
The Synagogue of Tomar is probably the oldest gothic Hebrew temple. The temple was built between 1430-60 and closed in 1496, during the expulsion of the Jews. After that it was converted into a prison and in 1923 it was …
Museu dos Fósforos - Aquiles da Mota Lima
Museum that has a collection of more than 50,000 matchboxes from around the world, including the first ones made in Portugal. It is now the largest collection of its kind in all of Europe. It all started when Aquiles Mota …
Percurso Centro Histórico - Colina do Castelo de Tomar
The Hill of Castelo de Tomar has enough attractions to attract any visitor, including the Convent of Christ, a world heritage site, and a jewel of Manueline art. The Castle and its walls are worth a close visit, as is …
Arco das Freiras
Arch from the 16th century, serving as a passageway over a public road, establishing communication between two convent buildings.
Roda Hidráulica do Mouchão
Large wooden wheel, one of the ex-libris of Tomar. Located in Jardim do Mouchão, next to the Nabão River, this wheel has pairs of clay buckets, each with a capacity of five litres. It is a model of hydraulic wheel …
Albufeira de Castelo de Bode
Arch-vault dam on the Zêzere River, near its confluence with the Nabão. It was completed in 1951 as part of the national policy for the use of hydroelectric resources. The reservoir, with an extension of about 60 km, offers enviable …
Aqueduto dos Pegões / Aqueduto do Convento de Cristo
Built in 1593 by Filipe I, it is six kilometers long and was intended to supply the Convent of Christ. It has 180 arches, often overlapping, and took twenty years to complete.
Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes
The Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes has 39 hectares of forests and gardens that belonged to the Order of Christ for centuries. In 1938 it returned to the State after belonging for a century to the Costa Cabral family, who …
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Where to eat in Tomar
The Lúria is one of the best-known restaurants in the region to take and in the two dining rooms pa…
A famed restaurant, simple yet comfortable, with excellent regional food. The recipes are unique an…
In Hotel dos Templários, in Tomar, the Grand Master restaurant offers a refined atmosphere, where s…
Restaurant with capacity for 50 people and with a privileged view to the Nabão River and the histor…
A restaurant foundd in 1922, that serves the typical cuisine of Tomar, as well as regional Portugue…
Where to sleep in Tomar
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Localizado na zona histórica de Tomar o Thomar, este hotel assenta num conceito assumidamente citadino que alia o conforto com um design marcante. Do rooftop p…
Simple and familiar atmosphere Hotel located in the center of the new part of the city of Tomar.
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