Located in central Portugal and crossed by the river Nabão, the city of Tomar is enchanting due to its artistic and cultural richness, being the highest exponent in the Convent of Christ, one of the most important works of the Renaissance in Portugal.
Also known as “City of the Templars” after the conquest of these lands to the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques, a curiosity of Tomar relates to the historical center organized in cross, with a convent in each of the cardinal points: north the Convent of the Announced, to the south the Convent of S. Francisco, to this the Convent of Santa Iria and, to the west and the aforementioned Convent of Christ, inscribed in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO.
The city and its historic center were developed thanks to the presence and protection of the Order of the Knights of Christ (heir of the Order of the Templars), which had its original seat here and which also housed an important Jewish community, Order of the Temple.
As for the gastronomic chart of the city, original is adjective flattering: cabbages to D. Prior, lamprey, shad, cod, kid. Then, for dessert, the confectionery has the exclusive “Slices of Tomato”, Sweet Chestnuts, Almond Cakes, Chila Sweets, Eggs Yarn and, not least, the provocative “Cakes of Bed” and “Kiss Me Quickly”.
The city was elected in 2018 by the American magazine “Reader’s Digest” as an unforgettable place not to be missed.