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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$75.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tomar, Knights Templar, and Castles Tour from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Castelo de OuremThe Convent of Christ (Portuguese: Convento de Cristo/Mosteiro de Cristo) is a former Roman Catholic convent in Tomar, Portugal. Originally a 12th-century Templar stronghold, when the order was dissolved in the 14th century the Portuguese branch was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, that later supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century. The convent and castle complex is a historic and cultural monument and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Synagogue of TomarThe Synagogue of Tomar is the best preserved of the medieval synagogues of Portugal. It is located at 73 Rua Dr. Joaquim Jaquinto, in the historic centre of the city of Tomar, and houses a small Jewish Museum. The synagogue of Tomar was built between 1430 and 1460 by the thriving Jewish community of the townDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Castelo de TomarThe Castle of Almourol is a medieval castle atop the islet of Almourol in the middle of the Tagus River, located in the civil parish of Praia do Ribatejo, 4 kilometres from the municipal seat of Vila Nova da Barquinha, in Portugal's Center RegionDuration: 1 hourStop At: Pelourinho de TomarThe Convent of the Order of Christ needed a water supply, and the answer was to construct this magnificent six-kilometre aqueduct to conduct water from the four springs at Pegões.The project began in the 1590s and was planned by the Italian military architect Filipe Terzio who had been hired by the Portuguese crown.Duration: 30 minutes

$69.51 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.

$123.96 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.

$68.35 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.

$231.69 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.

$237.49 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour Évora and Monsaraz - With Wine tasting

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Monsaraz Castle and WallsMonsaraz is a medieval town, with narrow streets and alleys, in a typical architecture of whitewashed Alentejan houses. This is a village where many people have passed. It was occupied by the Moors and from 1232 it became part of the kingdom of Portugal.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Evora Cultural ExperienceÉvora, here we can see ancient monuments like Temple Diana, Porta Romana, Roman Baths, Giraldo Square with its fountain, and other places.Duration: 2 hours