Residencial Cavaleiros de Cristo
Rua Alexandre Herculano 7, Tomar, Portugal
More about Tomar
view over the river Nabão and the Old Bridge.
The Convent of Christ
View from Templar Knights Castle
Castelo da Amoural
Bus from Tomar to Fatima
How to get from Tomar to Fatima? I was convinced that the train from Lisbon ( changing it along the way) will take me to Fatima, but I have found out that it will be only Tomar , 1 hr from Fatima. How to get to Fatima from there? Are there any schedules? How much would the taxi cost?
Re: Bus from Tomar to Fatima
You have 2 options:
either take the direct bus from Lisbon to Fatima. There are ferquent busses a day. Schedules you find here: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx (site is available also in english)
Or you take the bus from Tomar, which is really worth a visit, to Fatima. For schedules look here: http://www.rodotejo.pt/ This site is in Portuguese only. Thus select on the left side under "Servico": "Interurbanas"; under "Origem": Tomar and under "Destino": "Fatima Estacao" That will bring you to the schedules.
Enjoy your trip!
Re: Bus from Tomar to Fatima
Fatima railway station is about 21km from the town! As above, the best way to get to Fatima from either Lisbon or Tomar is on a bus but the buses between Tomar and Fatima are very infrequent.
Fatima is 32km from Tomar, a taxi would be 40 Euros minimum.
Travel Tips for Tomar
The Little Town of Tomar
The little town of Tomar (in Ribatejo) might possibly be one of the more enjoyably charming towns I've ever seen. The medieval streets are lined with flowering trees, a peaceful duck-and-fish-filled river flows softly through town, and above it all, the large, fantastic castle/monastery of the Knights Templar looms on the hilltop.
Different way of see the society
The favourite thing is the thought and feeling of what was a knight templar...
The city was conquered by D. Afonso Henriques to the moors in 1147. Then it was donated to the Templars in 1159. After the extinction of the order of the temple in 1312 the order of Christ was founded based on the ancient Templar. The esoterism of the Convent of Christ.
You'll be rewarded for your search
One of the main reasons I wanted to go to Tomar was because of this impressive aqueduct. Earlier in the trip, while in Spain, I had planned to visit the famous aqueduct in Segovia, but was unable to find the time. There was no way I was going to miss this one! After visiting the town of Tomar, we headed out on Rua de Leiria expecting to find the aqueduct easily just outside of town, however it proved somewhat of a challenge. Rua de Leiria winds up a hill on the northwest side of town and after driving for awhile we still hadn't seen it. Eventually, I looked over my shoulder and saw it behind me in the distance and realized I had passed it. Figuring that it could only be seen from a distance, my friend Pav and I pulled off the road and looked at it from a distance of at least of half a mile. Even from here it was a sight to behold, but we decided to head back toward town and see if there was any way to closer to it. After taking a few wrong turns and ending up on some private property, we eventually made it to a road that literally runs underneath the aqueduct. Situated in an isolated field behind the town, it looms like an enormous and beautiful relic from another place and time and being able to literally walk up onto the top of if was an experience that was simply unforgettable.
Festa dos Tabuleiros
Festa dos Tabuleiros: during this "party" people use a great crown of flowers over the head meaning the possibility to all to be king; from centuries until today, during this day, all the people was equal, all were kings.
Picture from http://www.tomar.com.pt/tradicao_pt.htm
Convento De Cristo
Please go here and look but remember that this is an active church and respect is due.
There is much history here that dates back to the templar knights. Grab a book on the Templar knights and read about their lifes here in Portugal.