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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$75.07 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tomar, Knights Templar, and Castles Tour from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Castelo de Ourem, Ourem, Santarem District, Central PortugalThe 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 Tomar, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalThe 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 Tomar, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalThe 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 Tomar, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalThe 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

$69.29 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour Route Castles and Caves, Santarem Almourol and Tomar

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mercado Municipal de Santarem, Santarem, Santarem District, Central PortugalBuilt in 1930, it replaced the open-air market. In its exterior, there is a remarkable set of fifty-five panels of tiles executed by the extinct Fábrica de Sacavém, that represent the Capital of the Ribatejo in the beginnings of century XX.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Castle of Almourol, Vila Nova da Barquinha, Santarem District, Central PortugalThe Castle of Almourol is one of the most emblematic medieval military monuments that evokes the memory of the Templars in Portugal.The origins of the occupation of this place are quite old. It may have been a primitive Lusitanian or Pre-Roman stronghold, later conquered by them, and with occupancy waves throughout the High Middle Ages. In 1129, date of the conquest of this point by the Portuguese troops, the castle already existed and was denominated Almorolan.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Castelo de Tomar, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalCastle of Tomar / Convent of ChristThe beginning of the town of Tomar and its castle occurred in 1160.From 1531, the convent of the Renaissance began to be built, which will conclude with Philip II of Spain. This grandiose complex was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Grutas de Mira de Aire, Mira de Aire, Leiria District, Central PortugalMira de Aire is an amazing visit to this natural park. 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. Duration: 1 hour

$123.57 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.

$68.14 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.

$17.32 Transfers & Ground Transport


This exclusive transfer service provides you with comfortable transportation between your designated location in Lisbon to your chosen destination in Santarém.  On the 90 minutes private ride you’re ensured of the best possible service, along with comfort, safety, and flexibility, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. If you’re arriving at Lisbon International Airport just collect your luggage and clear customs and you’ll be greeted by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. If your pick-up is at a hotel in Lisbon, you’ll be met by the driver and quickly be on your way to SantarémPlease, read the information below: - The transfer is only ONE WAY - We wait 1h30 after the  flight arrivel time. After 1h30, we'll charge 40€/Hour - The meeting point is in front of Vodafone Store, to avoid crowds in the arrivals area and to make sure you're going to see your name. The airport is very small and as soon as your arrive you'll see Vodafone Store. We'll wait for you there with a sign with your name - We offer 1 bottled water per person, for FREE, included in the price of the transfer - Please, always inform us if there will be children in the transfer. In Portugal is mandatory to have seats for children until 12 years old. Otherwise, we are able to have a huge ticket.

$230.98 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.