Tour Tomar

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The city of Tomar has four convents: Cristo, Anunciada, Santa Iria and São Francisco. Each of them is located in one of the cardinal points of the Wheel of the Winds. In fact, the city of medieval origin itself developed into a cross, in four arms corresponding to these four convents, reflecting the social strength of the Templar Order and its symbolic cross.

In the center of this “cross”, there is Praça da República with the Church of S. João Baptista, in Manueline and Gothic style, and the City Hall. Then go through Rua Serpa Pinto, known as Corredoura. The structure (and the nickname) of this street is due to the fact that this is where the Templars trained horses in duels and races. 

Today it is a pleasant pedestrian path with shops and cafés, with curious architectural features that mix Art Deco with Portuguese tile panels. Stop and drink a tea at the mythical Café Paraíso that keeps the original features of the century. XIX.

The central area is now endowed with a new wave of 

culturality, headed by the well-known theater group Fatias de Cá, next to the renewed Cine-Teatro Paraíso and the recent Museum of Contemporary Art among other centers. Speaking of “slices”, be sure to try asafamadas Fatias de Tomar: a regional conventual sweet made entirely with egg yolks and cooked in a specific pot for that purpose.

Pass the Old Bridge over the Nabão River, a crucial source of life in the city, and take the opportunity to enjoy the Jardins do Mouchão which is located on an island in the river. Full of plantains, poplars and beech trees, this garden has at its main entrance a replica of an Irrigation Wheel, descending from those used by the Arabs in the region.

Some of the Places you will meet on this tour

Convento de Cristo - Convento de Cristo is the name by which the monumental ensemble consisting of the Templar Castle of Tomar, the convent of the Order of Christ from the Renaissance period, the conventual fence, now known as Mata dos Sete Montes, the Hermitage of the Immaculate Conceição is generally known. and the conventual aqueduct, also known as Pegões Aqueduct.

Igreja de São João Baptista, Matriz de Tomar - The primitive Church of São João Baptista de Tomar dates back to the time of Infante D. Henrique.

Museu Luso-Hebraico de Abraham Zacuto – Sinagoga - The temple was ordered to be erected by Infante D. Henrique, the Navigator, to whom the Jewish community financed part of the work of the Discoveries.

Castelo de Almourol - Situated on an islet in the middle of the Tagus River, the Castelo de Almourol is one of the most emblematic monuments to be found in Portugal, due to its meaning and the surrounding landscape.