What’s better than a full day solely dedicated to the Knights Templar order? Two days, obviously! This 2-day tour is for the history lovers and “aficionados” of the religious orders theme.
The first day is exactly like our Knights Templar regular tour, where we visit the Almourol castle, Constância and Tomar. In the first day we go to the Church of Santa Maria do Olival, a sacred place and pantheon of all Grand Masters and the Convent of Christ, a Templar stronghold back in the day and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, instead of getting back to Lisbon, you will spend the night in Alpalhão.
Next day, we start by exploring this village in a short walking tour, which has the remains of a knights templar castle and an impressive number of statues. From here, we go to Nisa, which is known for lending its name to one of the most famous Portuguese sheep milk cheeses (Certificate of Protected Origin or D.O.P.). See the keep and the parish church and listen to an explanation from your guide on why this location was so important.
After lunch, we go to Montalvão (where the last Portuguese Master of the Knights Templar order was buried) and finally Portas de Rodão. a natural Monument since 2009. Portas de Ródão is a unique place with high geological value and an important ecosystem for many animal species. Explore the ‘King Wamba’ Tower and observe the great views of this idyllic location before heading back to Lisbon.