Not exactly in Tomar but not very distant, this strange castle is often visited from Tomar.
Standing alone in a small island in Tejo river, it is close to Tancos, the best place to take a boat for a trip along the river.
If you're short in time, you may watch the castle from the border of the river, or pay one euro to a popular driving the small local boats.
What does it have so special? Well... nothing for the moment! But... If I succeed in my plans... one day... very soon, maybe... it will be the place for some live demonstration of glass manufacturing. And historic glass! And modern... excuse-me, and forget my deviation.
Enjoy the garden. (furthermore... my plans failed. A pity!)
The church and castle are part of a complex from different epochs and in different condition.
South of the main building, a ruined structure still shows the old "Capitulo" room. Would it be possible to recover it?
In case you do not want to proceed to the aqueduct after your visit to the Convent of Christ (the aqueduct is about 4 km behind the convent), then you can walk up the hill. You will find access to the path from the main square. Facing the townhall pass it on the left. You will come along a park house entrance, pass it and go up the stairs which follow. You will now reach a street. Cross it, and take the cobble stone path. Think it is the old path to the convent. It will lead you directly to the parking of the convent. I walked up there and enjoyed it
if u care about, monuments and the meaning of them historic wise the aqueduct is one feature to visit and apreciate. outside Tomar and well and up to date information about it on any tourist house. lovely site to snapshot also.
one of the most beautifull regions of Portugal. i where there recently but unfortunetly when the sun already settled down. i advice u to take the all day, if possible rent a 4 wheels drive and ride the banks of the zezere river. and i garantee a wonderfull and joiefull day . lovely sites.
Tomar is completely off the beaten track. When I went, my friends and I were three of only four English speakers we found in the whole town. The tourists were Lisboetas up for the weekend. It's wonderfully enchanting to find a place without the tourist industry built up around it.
Tomar is magical. That's the only way I can describe it.
The view from the aqueduct of the green surrounding valley is really serene. You can also find some off the beaten path bliss in the Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes (Seven Hills National Forest) located at the foot of the walls of the convent.
This old aqueduct, built in the 16th century and still visible from the convent and in some sections of its lenght of 6 km, was the supplier of water to the convent.