A peaceful city, a train ride away from Lisbon, Tomar sits quietly nestled about a third of the way up to Porto. It is unassuming, calm, quaint and, in the autumn, bursting in a delightful array of seasonal colours that bring a smile to any visitors face.
From Lisbon, a two and a half hour train ride brings you straight into the heart of Tomar and in walking distance of truly wonderful sightseeing. Bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes for the cobblestoned hills and look forward to a day of charm.
Here's what I saw on my day out in Tomar:
Seven Hills National Forest
While not the most kept garden, in the fall, the colours of the trees and the view you can get from the city here while you make your way to the convent are lovely to see. There are four trails marked through the gardens; the blue and the red both lead to the convent.
Convento de Cristo // Convent of Christ
Tomar's crowning jewel, the Convento de Cristo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the forests of the Seven Hills. A 16th century Roman Catholic convent, the grounds are sprawling and, for just 6 euros per adult, you can basically wander and explore to your hearts content. Impressive architecture, detailed religious artwork and historical details on the way the monks used to live await.
Aqueduto do Convento de Cristo
This aqueduct was built in the late 16th century to bring water to the convent. Nowadays, you can walk along the top of it (be careful, there's no railing!) for beautiful views over the outskirts of Tomar.
Streets of Tomar
Every turn in the heart of Tomar leads to yet another idyllic photogenic street, it seems, each full of quaint restaurants and little craft shops and boutiques. I snapped these shots on R. Dr. Joaquim Jacinto.