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Tomar

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Tomar is a city in Portugal, in the centre of the country, in the district of Médio Tejo.

Get in[edit]

By train (via Entroncamento), by bus or car.
Lisbon: There is hourly direct train to/from Lisbon (Santa Apolonia/Oriente), (ap. 2 h), 8.40 €.
Porto: Several per day, (ap. 3.5 h), 19 €, need to change in Entrocamento or Lamarosa/Coimbra B.

There are two bus companies that connect Tomar: Rede Expressos and Rodoviária do Tejo.

Get around[edit]

Walking; it is a small city. There is also citybus, 3 lines, 0.85 €/ticket valid for 1.5 h.

See[edit]

Tomar is a small city but holds an important ancient past and some of the most important monuments in Portugal.

Landmarks[edit]

Castle and Convent of the Knights Templar of Tomar (transferred in 1344 to the Knights of the Order of Christ)
Church of Saint Mary of Olival, burial place for the Knights Templar of Tomar
  • 1 Convent of Christ and Castle of Tomar (Convento de Cristo and Castelo de Tomar). UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century. Entrance 6 €, free on Sundays and holidays till 2 pm. Convent of Christ (Tomar) on Wikipedia Convent of Christ (Q736692) on Wikidata
  • 2 Church of Santa Maria do Olival. it was built in the second half of the 12th century by the provincial master of the Order of the Knights Templar in Portugal, Gualdim Pais. Church of Santa Maria do Olival on Wikipedia Church of Santa Maria do Olival (Q267013) on Wikidata
  • Church of Saint John the Baptist and Republic Square, this church was built in the end of the 15th century, marked as National Monument in 1910 and is in Republica Square where is Gualdim Pais statue.
  • Aqueduct of Pegões, (Quinta dos Pegões), it was built to deliever water to Convento de Cristo and has 6 km of extension. The construction started in 1593 and finished in 1614. The highest point of this aqueduct is 30 m above ground level. Take the small "train tour bus" in city center that takes you to the highest point. The easiest way to go to aqueduct is to follow the local road to Leiria.
  • 3 Synagogue of Tomar. is the best preserved of the medieval synagogues of Portugal. It is located in the historic centre of the city of Tomar, and houses a small Jewish Museum. Synagogue of Tomar on Wikipedia Synagogue of Tomar (Q7661942) on Wikidata
  • Museum of Matches (Museu dos Fósforos), Av. Gen. Bernardo Faia, near raliway station. Surprisingly nice exhibition of matches's boxes all over the world. Open daily 2pm-5pm, free entrance.

Festivals[edit]

  • Festa dos Tabuleiros. Is a festival organized every 4 years during summer (beginning of July) Last/next one is in 2011. It an old tradition and in every event, Tomar becomes completely crowded and visitants can enjoy original decoration of streets, music concerts, traditional gastronomy and of course the main part of festival the trays parade.

Eat[edit]

  • Cervejaria do Fernando - serves typical portuguese meals from lunchtime till midnight ~6 €. Open: Tu-Su: 10am-1am, closed on Mondays.
  • Restaurante Baía (são João Batista), +351 249 315 956. Open for lunch and from 17h00 to midnight. Portuguese food mainly meat and fish, vegetarian soup and salads. Inexpensive, big pan of arroz marinero 22 euros for 2 persons.

Drink[edit]

  • Cafe Paraiso situated in the main street, the oldest bar in the city.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Residencal União, Rua Serpa Pinto Nº 94, +351 249 323 161. Single room: 20-28 €, double: 30-45 €, triple: 45-50 €, breakfast included. No credit cards accepted.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Fátima (Sanctuary of Our Lady) – Place of the worldwide famous Marian apparitions.
  • Batalha (Monastery)
  • Alcobaça (Monastery)
  • Nazaré (Beach of the Guiness Book Records big waves surfed)
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