Welcome to Santarém


A group of beautiful Gothic buildings recalls Santarém’s glory days, though it was quickly eclipsed by Lisbon. These days, the traditional centre with its venerable stores and workshops still functioning amid a general air of genteel decay makes it worth a visit, as do the heart-lifting vistas. What it lacks in accommodation options it makes up for with its atmospheric restaurants.


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$76.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tomar, Knights Templar, and Castles Tour from Lisbon

Learn about the first monarch, King Afonso Henriques, the land donations made to this order will be strategic: at the forefront of the Christian reconquest. Former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar, Tomar is a city of great charm for its artistic and cultural wealth, whose greatest expression is in the Convent of Christ, one of the chief works of the Portuguese Renaissance. This Templar chapel was built in the 12th century, like the castle, which was at the time the Kingdom’s most up-to-date and advanced military set-up, inspired by the fortifications of the Holy Land, kept intact to this day, which earned it World Heritage Site status. Tomar - A region occupied by men since a long time, with the Nabão beautiful valley remains that recede to the Palaeolithic period. In place of the current take has already existed the Roman cities of "Nabantia" and "Sellium". Conquered from the Moors in 1147 by the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques, was then donated to the Templars in 1159. Next stop is the Convent of Christ in Tomar, belongs to the Knights Templar. Founded in 1162 by the Grand Master of the Templars, Dom Gualdim Pais, the Christ Convent still retains memories of these knights monks and the heirs of his office, the Order of Christ, which made this building its headquarters. Heritage, UNESCO. Next stop is the construction of Tomar Castle began in 1160, by the hand of the Templars, part of a line of defense against Muslim advances. This objective would be proved in 1190, with an attack of the forces of Morocco emir, in which not only withstood the siege as they inflicted heavy casualties, through one of the doors of the castle to be called Blood Gate. Then we will go to mourol Castle, situated on a small island that was already inhabited at the time of the Roman occupation of the peninsula, from the eighth century, it was occupied by the Muslims, who had conquered the Visigoths. Within the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, Almourol was conquered by D. Afonso Henriques, in 1129, and given to the Temple Order Last stop is Ourem a Portuguese city in the district of Santarém, in the Centre region, it is a thriving city, old yet modern, with large avenues. There lies the Castle of Ourem, dated imprecise foundation, but certainly very old because in 1178 there was already talk of a castle with triangular plant.  The Castle of Ourem, as well as the region where it operates, will have passed to the Kingdom of Portugal, in the reign of D. Afonso Henriques, not known, are the dates or the circumstances of its making by the Moors. It is believed that this place had been inhabited since prehistoric times, passing by the Romans and Visigoths to the Muslim invasion, whichgave  rise to the primitive fortification of Ourem, designated location to time: Abdegas. Return Time 5PM

$126.05 Private & Custom Tours

Semi-Private Tour from Lisbon: The Old World of The Templars

Get picked up from your Lisbon hotel by a guide and travel via comfortable, air-conditioned coach to picturesque Santarém. The region has been inhabited since the neolithic period by Romans and Christians and is known as “the capital of the Gothic.” Head to the Ancient Walls and Garden Portas do Sol for a beautiful view of the Tagus River and visit the Convent of San Francisco, a famous Graça Church.  After a period of free time for lunch, head to the enigmatic Almourol Castle, one of the most emblematic monuments of the Christian reconquest. Situated on an island, Almourol is one of the most distinctive castles in Portugal due to its historical importance and surrounding countryside.  The town of Tomar was a stronghold for the Knights Templar (Order of Christ) and offers visitors the chance to see the beautiful Convent of Christ. The site displays five centuries of unique architectural styles and was part of the defense system created to protect the kingdom from attacks. Your guide will return you to your hotel in Lisbon at the end of the day.

$69.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Ribatejo Region Day Tour

The tour starts with a hotel pick-up from a list of towns in the areas. Visit Tomar, the City of Magic, rich in architectural remains. The Convent of Christ, erected by the Templar Knights and the synagogue, are two historic landmark buildings in this lovely town. Continue the tour visiting Castelo de Bode that is know for its hydroelectric dam and reservoir.After the Castle we will visit the lovely town of Constância, located between the rivers Tejo and Zêzere. Luis de Camões, one of the greatest Portuguese poets, lived there in the XVI century. Lunch in Constância (free time).After lunch we will visit Castelo de Almourol, located on a small rock island in the middle of the river Tejo, and the ancient town of Santarem, a town of great historical meaning and one of the most important centres of the Gothic art in Portugal. Return at 6pm.

$235.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Discover the Knight's Templar from Lisbon

Begin your journey with a pickup by your private guide, then head to Santarém. Santarém is an important geographical location to the Christian reconquest, and here begins your dive into the story of the Knight’s Templar. Visit the castle and attain an overview of the vast farmlands of Ribatejo. View Graça Church, where the founder of Brazil, Pedro Alvares Cabral, is buried. Continue to Almourol Castle, one of the finest examples of 12th-century medieval military architecture. Later, discover Tomar, a town known for the Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was the location of the Knights Templar in Portugal, thereafter known as the Knights of Christ.Finally, see the historic center of Tomar with a visit to its two Templar Churches and the Synagogue of Tomar. Still in the beautiful city of Tomar, finish this intense and magical journey through the ancient world of the Knights Templar, by climbing one of the most wonderful aqueducts Portugal, the Aqueduct Pegões. Here, you will catch sight of the stunning horizon before beginning your journey back to your accommodations.

$70.68 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour Route Castles and Caves, Santarem Tomar

This is a private one-day tour, overlooking the central region of Portugal. From Lisbon, Pick-up Hotel / Apartment we head straight to Santarem. Santarem, inhabited since prehistoric times, is where the Church of Grace, where the famous navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral is buried, will visit the famous garden of the doors of the Sun and the beautiful tiles of the municipal market.We then proceed to the Castle of Almourol, an example of medieval military architecture, implanted in the middle of the Tagus River.We will then stop in the town of Tomar, where the impressive Templars Castle and the Order of Christ Convent, originally the fortress of the Templar order in the sec. 12. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Our next stop is in the Sierra de Mira de Aire, where we will visit one of the most intense and surprising caves in the country. With an area of 10,000 square meters, Mira de Aire is an amazing visit to this natural park.Return to Lisbon.

$70.68 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour Route Castles and Caves, Santarem, Almourol, Tomar

This is a private one-day tour, overlooking the central region of Portugal. From Lisbon, Pick-up Hotel / Apartment we head straight to Santarém. Santarém, inhabited since prehistoric times, is where the Church of Grace, where the famous navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral is buried, will visit the famous garden of the doors of the Sun and the beautiful tiles of the municipal market.We then proceed to the Castle of Almourol, an example of medieval military architecture, implanted in the middle of the Tagus River.We will then stop in the town of Tomar, where the impressive Templars Castle and the Order of Christ Convent, originally the fortress of the Templar order in the sec. 12. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Our next stop is in the Sierra de Mira de Aire, where we will visit one of the most intense and surprising caves in the country. With an area of 10,000 square meters, Mira de Aire is an amazing visit to this natural park.Return to Lisbon.