Delve into the rich history of the Knights Templar during this small-group guided tour of the Portuguese villages Abrantes and Tomar from Lisbon. Spend the day learning about the Christian military force that contributed to the famous crusades during Europe’s Middle Ages. Discover Almourol Castle, erected by the Knights Templar and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Convent Christ, once a fortification where the knights resided. With numbers limited to eight people, enjoy a more intimate experience alongside your guide.
After meeting your guide in central Lisbon, journey north in a cozy minivan to Almourol Castle one of Portugal’s most historical sites. Along the drive learn about the Knights Templar who used this castle to secure the boundary created by the Tagus River. Arrive at the river near the castle and enjoy a boat cruise to its gates. Then, wander through this medieval fortification and steep in its history.Continue from here with a drive to the serene village of Abrantes The Village that the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, in 1118 or 1148, the town was conquered by the forces of D. Afonso Henriques (1112-1185), who determined the rebuilding of the defenses. The needs of the defense of the so-called Tagus River, valued the site to him, in a period in which the Order of the Templars endowed the average course of the river of an impressive defensive line, in which was inscribed Next, head to the charming city of Tomar, home to some of Portugal’s most impressive monuments and buildings. Gain insight from your guide about how the Knights Templar used a religious code to form the city, like the four monuments stationed around the city to resemble a crucifix. In Tomar, see famed monuments such as the 12th century Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit the Castle of Tomar. Then, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, venture to the Gothic-style Church of Santa Maria do Olival, a gorgeous 12th century church erected for the Knights Templar. Following Tomar, step back into your minivan for your return trip to Lisbon.