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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Churches
Tomar, 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.The town of Tomar was born inside the walls of the Convento de Cristo, constructed under the orders of Gualdim de Pais, the fourth grand master of the Knights Templar in the late 12th century.Tomar is one of Portugal's historical jewels and more significantly was the last Templar town to be commissioned for construction. Tomar was especially important in the 15th century when it was a centre of Portuguese overseas expansion under Henry the Navigator, the Grand Master of the Order of Christ, successor organization to the Templars in Portugal.GeographyTomar lies in the most fertile region of Portugal, and one of the most fertile in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula: the Ribatejo ("by the river Tagus") meadows. It is located in the district of Santarém. The predominant treescape is agricultural, consisting of olive, pine and fig trees.The seat of the municipality is the city of Tomar, which comprises the parishes of Santa Maria dos Olivais and São João Batista. Tomar is also the capital of the Médio Tejo (Mid-Tagus river) region.
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World heritage site
Convento de Cristo
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Castelo de Tomar
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Aqueduto dos Pegoes
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Church
Charola
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Tomar

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Beach
Praia da Nazare Nazare
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Landmark
O Sitio Nazare
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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World heritage site
Monastery of Alcobaca Alcobaca
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Tomar

Hiking Trail
Wild Duck
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Zezere River
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Synagogue of Tomar
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Tomar

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Church
Escadinhas de Nossa Senhora da Piedade
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Sinagoga e Judiaria
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Religious Site
Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao
2.5
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Tomar

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Water Body
Castelo do Bode
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Forest
Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Rio Nabao
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Tours in Tomar

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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
NaturZ
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
NaturZ
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Igreja e Convento de Santa Iria
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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World heritage site
Batalha Monastery Batalha
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Ruin
Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres Evora
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

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