Tomar: The Complete Guide

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Tomar is a charming city known for its rich artistic and cultural heritage, with the Convent of Christ being one of the most impressive examples of Portuguese Renaissance architecture. A visit to the city is not complete without exploring the Templar castle and the Convent of Christ, which includes the oldest part of the complex – the Charola (Rotunda) – built in the 12th century. The complex was renovated in the 16th century and given its current architectural splendour, which earned it World Heritage Site status. Take the time to explore the intricate details of the Convent, such as the Renaissance portal, the Manueline Window in the Chapter Hall, the Main Cloister, and the spaces connected to Templar rituals.

To fully understand the city’s history, it is important to know how the Order of the Knights Templar became the Order of Christ, and the role of important figures such as Henry the Navigator. After exploring the Convent, take a stroll through the Sete Montes Woods to reach the historic centre. Here you can visit the oldest mediaeval urban area, with a convent at each end, and enjoy traditional shops and cafes.

Other notable attractions in the city include the Convent of São Francisco, which houses the Match Museum, the former Convent of Anunciada, and the Convent of Santa Iria. The city also has a rich Jewish history, with the old Synagogue now home to the Abraão Zacuto Luso-Hebrew Museum. The Centre for Contemporary Art and Mouchão Park are also worth a visit.

Tomar is not only a city of great cultural significance but also offers nearby attractions such as Castelo de Bode, one of the largest reservoirs in the country, and Almourol Castle on the River Tagus.

Visiting Tomar for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Tomar on the first visit. Top help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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Tours and Activities from Tomar