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  • Address: Tomar, Portugal
Tomar may seem like a simple riverfront town, but it packs a strong historical punch. Set on the banks of the Nabão River, this small city is home to the impressive Castle of Tomar and the Convent of Christ, a 12th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former medieval headquarters of the Knights Templar. 

The Basics
Located just two hours from Lisbon, Tomar is an ideal day trip destination from Portugal’s capital. Stroll through the city’s stone streets on your own, or opt for a guided tour to learn about Tomar’s storied past. A typical full-day excursion delves into the history of the Knights Templar, stopping at Tomar Castle, Almourol Castle, and Obidos Castle. Some Tomar tours also include a stop in Fátima to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima, an important Catholic pilgrimage site. Other tours visit Tomar along with Mafra, where the star attraction is the magnificent Mafra National Palace; Coimbra, which has one of the oldest universities in the world; or Alcobaça, with its UNESCO-listed monastery.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tomar is a must-see for history lovers. 
  • Due to its small size, Tomar’s historic center is easy traverse on foot.
  • Wear comfortable shoes—the town is full of cobblestone streets and steep lanes. 
  • Some parts of the Convent of Christ are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Tomar is located in central Portugal, roughly two hours from both Lisbon and Porto. Trains connect Tomar to Lisbon’s Santa Apolonia and Oriente train stations, and it’s also possible to arrive by private transport or guided tour. 

When to Get There
Summer (particularly July and August) is the most popular time to visit, when Tomar can get very busy. To avoid crowds, opt for a private tour or arrive early in the morning. 
 
The Architecture of the Convent of Christ
The vast Convent of Christ showcases a mix of Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture, including some unique Manueline characteristics influenced by the Portuguese Age of Discovery. This mix of styles is one of the reasons why the convent is so impressive—centuries of Portuguese styles and influences can be viewed in a single monument.

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Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, null
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Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

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On this historical tour from Lisbon, spend a lovely day in the charming Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar, and discover the history of the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.70
10-Day Private Trip to Jewish Heritage in Portugal from Lisbon, Lisbon, Day Trips
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10-Day Private Trip to Jewish Heritage in Portugal from Lisbon

Enjoy this 10-day trip in Portugal and discover the most important places in the country, from north to south, where there is Jewish heritage. The itinerary ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $2,841.23
Semi-Private Tour from Lisbon: The Old World of The Templars, Lisbon, Multi-day Tours
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Semi-Private Tour from Lisbon: The Old World of The Templars

Harken back to the days of knights and jesters during this full-day tour of Tomar and Santarém from Lisbon. Explore ancient sites such as the Convent of ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.01
Tomar and Castle of Almourol Private Full-Day Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Tomar and Castle of Almourol Private Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Discover the best-kept secrets of Portugal's history on this private, 8-hour tour. With your professional guide, explore Tomar and Almourol and learn the myths ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.54
Coimbra and Tomar Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting, Lisbon, Private Day Trips
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Coimbra and Tomar Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

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Take this full day tour on a fantastic journey through two of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal. Visit the City of Coimbra and Tomar in ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.59
Private Tour: Discover the Knight's Templar from Lisbon, Lisbon, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Discover the Knight's Templar from Lisbon

Indulge your inner history buff on this full-day private tour to the Knight's Templar from Lisbon. See Grace Church, the Almourol Castle, and Tomar over the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $239.26
Private Tour: Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça Monasteries from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour: Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça Monasteries from Lisbon

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Discover 3 of the most important UNESCO monuments on this full-day tour as you are escorted by a private guide. See the Convent of Christ and Knights Templar ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $239.26
Private Tour: Mysteries of the Knights Templar from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Mysteries of the Knights Templar from Lisbon

Take a fascinating journey through the myths of the Knights Templar while on this 8-hour tour. Relax with stress-free pickup and drop-off from your centrally ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.19
Private Templars Tour of the 3 Castles from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Templars Tour of the 3 Castles from Lisbon

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A different and very interesting private tour as you discover the history of the knights Templars. Explore the Tomar Castle and The Convent of Christ, part of ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $574.23
Templar River: Tomar and Almourol Private Tour, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Templar River: Tomar and Almourol Private Tour

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Go on a quest for the Knights Templar legacy in Tomar region. Marvel with the Convento de Cristo , one of Portugal's most unique and impressive architectural ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.82

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