The 10 Best Things to Do in Tomar, Portugal

December 16, 2017 Myesha Cogley

Tomar (Portuguese pronunciation: [tuˈmaɾ]), also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. The town proper has a population of about 20,000. The municipality population in 2011 was 40,677, in an area of 351.20 km².
Restaurants in Tomar

1. Convent of Christ

Estr. do Convento | Colinado Castelo, Tomar 2300-000, Portugal +351 249 313 481
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5 based on 2 reviews

Convent of Christ

Reviewed By Lindie_Cee - Venice, Italy

I enjoyed walking through the halls, cloisters and the rooms that were occupied bybyhe knights tenplar and later the nuns. The simplicity of the life was evident. The two preserved bodies were also interestjng. If you enjoy history i recommend a visit.

2. Castelo de Tomar

Colina do Castelo, Tomar 2300-000, Portugal +351 249 315 089
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4.5 based on 806 reviews

Castelo de Tomar

Reviewed By Kairho1 - Ocala, Florida

The Castelo is included in the admission to the convent and there really is no differentiation between toe two. In fact, a doorway is the dividing line.
But as long as it's separate here, the castelo is as interesting as the convento. It was well worth the effort to go rogue on our planned itinerary and detour to Tomar.

3. Pegoes Aqueduct

Two kilometres outside the town of Tomar, Tomar, Portugal
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4.5 based on 289 reviews

Pegoes Aqueduct

Reviewed By Chileice - London, ON

The aqueduct itself would be an interesting tourist site in most towns, but in Tomar it is the forgotten sister compared to the Convent of Christ, which is spectacular. But if you come to Tomar, you should definitely take a look at it.

4. Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais

Avenida da Horta D'El Rei, Tomar 2300-304, Portugal
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais

Reviewed By backpacker31 - Boynton Beach, Florida

Located on the opposite side of Rio Nabao (from the old medieval town), this modest church is the final resting place of Gualdim Pais, founder of Tomar. There are also tombs of roughly 20 Knights Templar here along with several Grand Masters. There are many hidden symbols of the Order located within the church. There is usually someone available to help guide you and answer any questions. Note the drinking well located to the right of the church - this was supposedly disguised as an aerating shaft to a tunnel that connected the church to the Convent and Castle atop the hillside on the other side of the river.

5. Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista

Praca da Republica, Tomar 2300-550, Portugal +351 249 312 611
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4 based on 213 reviews

Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista

Reviewed By occdocbill - La Crosse, WI

In the Tomas central square, this functioning church exemplifies how traditions have formed to shape worship in Portugal. Consistent with the beliefs of the Knights Templar, the church is named for John the Baptist, one of their most revered saints. The furnishings are simple in comparison to many cathedrals but is likely more realistic for this community. A quick visit would suffice but accents any visit to the Convent of Christ, which overlooks this church from the hillside.

6. Castelo do Bode

Tomar, Portugal
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Castelo do Bode

Reviewed By infinityom - Thailand

Very Good Place to enjoy nautical activities and beautiful serene montains and Nature

7. Synagogue of Tomar

Rua Dr. Joaquim Jacinto, 73 | Place being renovated, so no visits are possible., Tomar 2300-577, Portugal +351 249 329 823
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4 based on 333 reviews

Synagogue of Tomar

Reviewed By zev1232015 - Tarn, France

This is only one of two synagogues we could find while visiting Portugal. It's ancient, small and extremely simple and non ornate. Just adjacent is what used to be the mikveh, the ritual bath. The woman volunteer at the Synagogue was elderly, very friendly and happy to share information. A humbling fact she shared is that there are only two Jewish families in the city. A bit sad.

8. Museu Dos Fosforos

Rua Gil Avo 14, Tomar 2300-580, Portugal +351 249 329 814
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Museu Dos Fosforos

Reviewed By ParkerNolita - New York City, New York

This fascinating museum is a must in Tomar! We could spend hours and hours in here and still find new things to look at. Who would know there are so many designs of matchboxes!

9. Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes

Avenida Doutor Candido Madureira, Tomar 2300-531, Portugal +351 249 329 823
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes

Reviewed By backpacker31 - Boynton Beach, Florida

Lovely green space located just a couple of minutes walking from Tomar's Praca da Republica (Square). The lower formal Gardens, accessed through the impressive Cerca's Entrance are an absolute delight to walk through. Manicured hedges form geometric patterns that are lined with pleasant walking paths. Higher up the slopes, beyond these Gardens is a sprawling forest replete with pleasant shaded walking trails. Several trails (all are well-marked, color coded and give approximate walking times) lead to impressive viewpoints. There are several beautiful Fountains, reservoirs, remains of a 16th-17th century aqueduct, an old mill (partially in ruins), a children's playground and several open lawn spaces ideal for picnics. A small information center is located towards the park entrance - bathroom facilities are available here.

10. Zezere River

Tomar 2300-224, Portugal +351 962 503 986
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Zezere River

Reviewed By Sharon_zz - Tel Aviv, Israel

The town of Tomar has a river in the city and that adds to it's great charm. There is a relaxing atmosphere with all the green florae and the running water. I loved the old mill that stands in the river.

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