Day trip to Tomar, Portugal

Tomar, Portugal

Tomar is a charming town in central Portugal, 135 km (84 mi) north east of Lisbon. It is set in a landscape of beautiful valleys, bending rivers and gently rolling mountains swathed in pines and eucalyptus trees.

The town was established by the Knights Templar in 1160 on land granted by Afonso I, the first king of Portugal. The Convent of Christ and Castle complex, founded in the 12th century by the Templars, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

Located on the banks of the Nabão River, Tomar is filled with ancient churches, narrow cobbled streets and traditional white houses.

The Nabão River, Tomar

Rua Marquês de Pombal, Tomar

The Bridge King D. Manuel I, Tomar

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View of the Convent and Castle complex from the Bridge King D. Manuel I, Tomar

Tomar street
Rua Serpa Pinto, Tomar

The Church of St. John the Baptist, which is located in the attractive Praça da República, dates back to the early 16th century and is a fine example of Manueline (Portuguese Late Gothic) architecture.

Igreja de São João Baptista
The Church of St. John the Baptist, Tomar

St John the Baptist Church
Interior of the Church of St. John the Baptist, Tomar

Have you ever been to Tomar? Feel free to post a comment below.


  1. Really good post Arunas. Will come to Portugul one day. You gave me a decent preview

  2. You've captured the beauty of this place so well that I'm adding it to my travel bucket list. Portugal wasn't on my list of desired destinations, but I'm changing my mind!

  3. Nice blog! Indeed a perfect depiction of the town of Tomar. Portugal is a beautiful place, so, there are many blogs about Portugal tourist attraction that have brought Portugal to our tiny and infinite screens.

  4. Wow. Tomar seems a fabulous to for vacationing in Portugal. Since we (me & my family) are traveling to Portugal next month, we will spare few days to visit Tomar as well. Waiting for our Visa for Portugal!