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Quiet lanes, fantastic sights

Tomar packs a lot of interesting sights into a relatively small space. I only spent a short time here, but I came away impressed by the number of imortant historical sights and the physical layout of the town. It was fun to walk around and take pictures of the historic center and to talk to a few locals along the way.

The River Nabao divides the historic Old Quarter from the rest of the city and makes it easy for the visitor to identify most of the major sights. The river runs loudly past the town, churning and making its waters brown with silt. As you pass over the bridge and into the Old Quarter, you are surrounded by charming off-white cobbled streets and the view of the Unesco-listed Convento de Cristo on the hill above. Before you leave, be sure to drive just outside of town and visit the impressive Aqueduto de Pegoes, which is truly a remarkable sight to behold.

This is not the place to come if you are looking for exceptional nightlife, over-the-top museums or top-rated restaurant cuisine. However, if you're looking for a great stop while touring Central Portugal or just a quiet daytrip from Lisbon, then Tomar is a perfect choice.

I just like this picture . . .

There aren't too many cars in the Old Quarter of Tomar, but I noticed this one resting on a slightly slanted street near Praça de Republica and thought it looked interesting next to the red painted wall.

  • Last visit to Tomar: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 10, 2003
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  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2006 at 3:52 AM

    That aquaduct loosk really cool. I hope we'll see Tomar too. We're planning to hire a car from Lisbon and see Albobaca, Obidos, Batalha and possibly Tomar in 2 days if time permits.

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2005 at 1:38 AM

    Great page Mark! Tomar is a place I had never heard of it before, but it looks lovely! I especially like the aqueduct! Fantastic!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2004 at 9:53 AM

    A great overview of your short visit to interesting little town. I agree with you on aqueducts - they are amazing structures, built so long ago and many of them still functioning!

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2003 at 6:01 AM

    I am VERY disappointed, Mark... Only ONE restaurant tip!!!!! ;-))) Charming town; the aqueduct looks amazing.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2003 at 10:25 AM

    Enjoyed the tour! That train looks more like a museum piece than a form of transportation. :-) HAPPY NEW YEAR MARK!!

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2003 at 12:54 PM

    Great page about Tomar, when I'll return to Alentejo i will not forget to visit it.

  • DrewV's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2003 at 9:00 AM

    It's a tragedy that you weren't able to visit the monastery/castle of the Knights in Tomar. It's definitely the highlight of the town. That said, it's terrific that you enjoyed yourself anyway, and that you found the aquaduct.

  • Canadienne's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2003 at 7:16 PM

    I can't believe I missed the aqueduct ~ it looks fantastic!!!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2003 at 3:49 AM

    The aquaduct looks very impressive! You've got some really great photos here! Hi Ol' Quicksilver and away!! You must've felt like the Lone Ranger and Tonto! LOL

  • Mar 18, 2003 at 5:39 PM

    u have some funky looking pics of cars..

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