Tomar Travel Guide

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Tomar Things to Do

  • Jewish Synagogue

    Tucked away in a side street of Rua Infataria is the old Jewish Synagogue, now home to the Museo Luso-Hebraico Abraham Zacato. The synagogue is the tiniest I have ever seen, but historically very significant. For a few years after the poisonous Spanish expulsion of the Jews many found shelter in Portugal, setting up in towns and cities like...

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  • Castelo Templario

    The Templar Castle is part of the entire convent complex, but unlike the convent you can visit it for free. The walls offer amazing views of the town, the best you can find anywhere, but they are a little difficult to find your way up to them. I almost missed them. If I hadn't doubled back on my way out of the convent and made a determined effort...

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  • Convento de Cristo

    This is by far the town's biggest draw, and one of the must see sights of Portugal, let alone Tomar. It is the former headquarters of the famous (possibly infamous) Knights Templar, and as such reflects the vast amount of wealth and power they accrued from their crusading exploits, and subsequent money lending enterprises. As the Knights Templar...

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  • Cine Teatro Paraíso

    A multifunctional room in the city for theater plays, cinema and concerts. It was the first theater in town in the XIX century and the first place that in 1901 showed to the locals the wonders of cinema.

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  • Albufeira de Bode Dam

    Built in 1951 has created a huge artificial lake for over 60kms that is today a great place to practice sports or relax in the shore. From this artificial lake comes almost all the water that runs in the taps of the region of Lisbon.

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  • Tourist Office

    Set next to the Sete Montes Woods Park, the tourist office is set in a revival building built in the XX century by the regime. This type of architecture replicate buildings of the XV and XVI century. Just in front in the entrance of the park there is the statue of Henry the navigator.The building also has a museum of ancient art.

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  • Match Museum

    Aquiles Mota Lima exchanged a match for the first time with an American lady going to England. The beauty of the match box stroke him and from than on it was a passion. Today with more than 50.000 boxes it is the largest collection in Europe.

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  • Church and Convent of Santa Iria

    XVI century church and convent erected in honor of Santa Iria the patron of Tomar. Part of the convent is the arch of the nuns.

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  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    Overlooking the city and close to the convent the Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church is a XV century construction by João Castilho in a clear influence of Italian Classicism. It was suppose to become the pantheon of king João III that died before the conclusion of the works which prevented his body to be placed there.

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  • National Woods of the 7 Hills

    The 39ha park was for centuries part of the Order of Christ territory and is today an interesting park with a wide variety of flora. The park is quite hilly.The charolinha in the middle of a lake is one of the highlights but the current conditions of preservation of this small temple are not the best.

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  • Santa Maria dos Olivais - Templars...

    It is a very interesting XII century church rebuilt over time. It was the headquarters of the temple order and their pantheon. The fact that the church has a staircase to go in so that you can focus on the star of Solomon at the other end is one of the key features that gives its uniqueness. The presence of the 8 as esotheric element is also a...

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  • Nabão river

    The name of the river comes from the roman times when it was called Nabanus. The river is the centre of town, in its margin is the main park and the beautiful old bridge believed to be built over a roman one and embelished in the XV and XVII century. There are old factories being restored that used water to run, old Arabic mechanisms to extract...

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Tomar Hotels

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Tomar Restaurants

  • Restaurants of Tomar

    In the City:- Bela Vista, Tel: 249312870 - Nice restaurant, with great views, an esplanade and in the city centre. The old house is a highlight in itself. The food is just ok and the wines are local. Food highlights fish stew (caldeirada), monkfish rice, fish fillets, roasted lamb, black pig steaks. Average price 14€- Alminhas - In the street of...

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  • Good Portuguese home cooking

    Beira Rio seemed like a little family-owned operation. The decor was modest, perhaps a little outdated, but cozy and clean. The menu was fairly typical of small Portuguese restaurants and the only wait staff was an older women who was pleasant and efficient. Even when the restaurant began to hop around 1:00pm, she never lost a beat and we didn't...

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  • Tempting menu, disappointing food

    Finding that the majority of restaurants in Tomar had almost identical menus we decided to check out Grão Mestre, the restaurant inside the four star Hotel dos Templarios on the edge of the Nabão River, just for something a bit different. The menu looked very tempting with a wide variety of fish, seafood and meats. The decor was nice, the service...

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Tomar Nightlife

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    by acemj Updated Mar 10, 2003

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    This theater is located not too far off of Praça da Republica and was one of the few more modern looking buildings in town. It looks a bit like an Art Deco style, doesn't it? There was a schedule of events hanging from the door, so check it out if you're interested.

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Tomar Transportation

  • Trains to Tomar from Lisbon

    The 2004 Let's Go book said that Tomar was at the end of a minor line & might require changing trains to get there....that's either false or no longer true. Trains run from the Lisbon Oriente station every few hours and take about 2 hours to get to Tomar.Beware the ride back to Lisbon from Tomar in the morning as the train fills completely with...

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  • Train

    Tomar is at the end of the line, which means you are likely to have to change trains to get in or out of the town, usually at Entroncamento. You can easily drop into Tomar on your way between Lisbon and Porto, and it won't add much more than an hour or so to your journey. It's takes about an hour or two to Lisbon and costs 7-8 euros. This is a...

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  • Travelling by bus to and from Tomar

    I went to Tomar from Porto by an express bus, it was a double-decker, fast, cheap and comfortable. The bust station is in walking distance from Tourist Office and the centrum of the town.I went from Tomar to Evora by an express bus via Lisbon - it is about 4 hours, fast, comfortable. The problems are: that in Tomar bus station no one understands...

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Tomar Shopping

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  • no shopping malls

    no big shopping malls in Tomar. the centre of the town and its little streets are full of small and picturesque shops of all kind, from handycraft to clothing ...a all variety of items u can buy like in every place else.

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  • Supermarkets

    There are a couple of supermarkets in the town, tucked away from the central square. The best one is on the Av. Dr. Candido Madureira, just after the roundabout coming from the Ponte Nova (New Bridge). This one is very modern, but there's an older one closer to the center at the convent end of Rua Alexandre Herculano.

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  • Camera problems

    I can't remember the name of the shop, but you can't miss it at the top of Rua Serpa Pinto where the street meets the bridge that spans the river. My buddy Pav's camera was acting up and he took it in to have this guy take a look. The man was very patient and took his time looking at the camera. He even partially dismantled it in order to assess...

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Tomar Local Customs

  • The "Old Man" in Tomar

    At the Convent of Christ, there are numerous busts of an old man. It's unknown who it represents; some speculate the architect or sculptor himself; others say it as allogory for the proverbial "Old Man and the Sea". Also notice the ropelike carvings indicative of the Manueline style of architecture.

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  • Azulejos

    As with any Portuguese city, you'll want to make sure that you note all of the interesting azulejos that you're sure to find. This one was on Rua Serpa Pinto.

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Tomar Warnings and Dangers

  • Stray Dogs and Noisy Nights

    Tomar is a goddamned noisy town. I went there for rest and relaxation, and while it was a relaxing town the noise levels prevented me from getting the perfect rest. Apart from the incessant humming of the air conditioning system outside my window, the stray dogs of the city gathered together nearby for a night long howl. Despite the banging and...

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  • Safe

    Tomar is so safe that children play in the center of town unaccompanied by adults until late into the night. The locals were also very welcoming of foreigners, and seemed genuinely keen to encourage tourists into the town, and not just the convent, and to tell you all about it. Even though not many of them spoke English (more French) they were...

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Tomar Off The Beaten Path

  • Almourol Castle

    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...

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  • Monks' Garden

    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!)

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  • Old Capitulo Room

    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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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