I’m definitely grateful for the Portuguese Railways. However, I wished there was a more direct way to travel from Évora to Tomar.
Our journey involved traveling on the Intercity train from Évora back to Lisboa (Oriente station) where we transferred to a Regional train. Our Intercity train was about 10-12 minutes late.
When the conductor came by to check our tickets, I asked what I should do if we missed our connecting train. The conductor explained that he would make a call and that the Regional train would wait. Wow, talk about service!
We had less than 5 minutes to make the transfer but fortunately the conductor had also told me the platform number which was next to the one we’d arrived on.
We enjoyed our two nights stay at Thomar Story Guesthouse. A small hotel with comfortable rooms and modern bathrooms with a rain shower! We paid €5/person extra for breakfast which was adequate; yogurt, cereals, ham, cheese, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, breads and jams.
Here are the highlights of our time in Tomar:
Castle and Convent of Christ - truly spectacular and not to be
missed! TIP: If you’ll be walking to this site, I’d suggest staying on the road (same road taken by cars, buses and Tuk-Tuks) that winds around to the entrance instead of taking the steep uneven cobbled stone pathway.
The small Synagogue - no longer used as a synagogue but amazing that it's still here!
Church of St. John the Baptist (Igreja de São João Baptista)
Praça da República
St. Aria chapel (Capela de Santa Aria)- amazing azulejos (ceramic tiles)
Church of Santa María da Olival
Mouchão Parque- peaceful park in the middle of the Nabão River with
an ancient waterwheel.
The old Roman Bridge
Museu dos Fósforos - The Matchbox Museum was truly amazing! It
consists of seven rooms filled with perfectly displayed matchboxes
from around the world.
Restaurants we enjoyed:
‘Restaurante Bela Vista’ - overlooking the river. The portions are
HUGE! We shared the Brazilian steak- very tender and tasty, served
with rice, black beans and crispy homemade potatoes chips. We also
shared a fresh mixed salad. The meal could have been shared by 3
‘Taverna Antiqua’- located on Plaça da República. (reservations
required)- the food was truly delicious! The setting was very rustic