Wow! Tomar seems incredibly small when you first arrive in the train (partly, to be fair, because it is small) but there is a lot of life here!
We honestly weren’t sure what all was here, but on our way to the hotel we spotted a beautiful looking park. So as soon as we checked in and got settled, it was the first place we decided to explore.
It turned out to be much bigger than we thought! It centers on the Nabão River and includes not only gorgeous views of the city but several amenities such as a playground, paddle boats, a public pool, and even a soccer stadium with a track.
There are several walking paths, some paved and some not. My personal favorite is one that runs straight through the middle of the water!
There was a lot of wildlife here, including the normal park animals (ducks, frogs, fish, etc.), some swans, and a few strange looking aquatic birds. They’re some kind of geese or very large duck, though one of them had a nearly bald head like a vulture.
After quite some time in the park, we headed back towards the hotel to check out the nearby streets. The architecture here is beautiful; each building is uniquely decorated in tiles and/or brightly colored paint, yet somehow it all flows together at the same time.
See the castle just barely peeking out above the horizon? Yeah, that’s one of the main things we get to focus on tomorrow!
Even the street signs here are decorated!
This is a very common type of street both here and really throughout Europe. They’re narrow, often only about the width of a single car, but have a timeless sense to them. You can tell that, despite the modern life all around it, this place has been a street for hundreds of years.
Our comments winner today is…Madison S! Nice job! Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day, as it is our only full day in Tomar and we want to do several things, including exploring the entire castle, so be on the lookout for a lot of awesome photos and stories!