Road Trip Sintra to Tomar, Portugal

4 UNESCO World Heritage sites in a day! Weather, roads, traffic, everything seemed to favor us that day! This road trip was made on 24th May 2015. The night stay was planned at Tomar and the journey to Tomar from Sintra was planned in such a manner that we could halt at 2 world heritage sites on the way; Alcobaca and Batalha. The road trip Sintra to Tomar, total of 200kms with 2 halts in between wasn’t tiring at all.

Road Trip Sintra to Tomar

By the time we left Sintra, after the tour of Pena Palace it was nearing 12 noon. After an hours drive (for 128km) and lunch we spent another hour touring the second UNESCO World Heritage site, the Monastery of Alcobaca. The monastery, a monochrome building and sights inside; this contrasted the colorful palace we saw that morning.
Road trip Sintra to Tomar

Road trip to Batalha

Road to Batalha from Alcobaca

Road trip to Batlaha 6

Batalha Monastery

Alcobaca to Batalha is hardly a distance of 22.8kms. It took us hardly half an hour to get there. Portugal roads are so good, the drive was pleasant and the scenes so simple and beautiful! By 3 after noon we were at Batalha. Monastery of Batalha is the most important gothic site of Portugal. It was added to the prestigious list in 1983. We toured leisurely here, though Tomar was just 45kms away we guessed the monastery at Tomar would be shutting down for the day, so no chance of touring it. I am glad we made the decision. We loitered around some of the souvenir shops of Batalha and soaked in the atmosphere there. It was past 5 when we reached Tomar.

Road trip to Tomar 2

Monastery of Tomar

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39 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    a massive wall! wow!

  2. sylviakirk says:

    Awesome!! Lovely captures as always, Indrani, and what a beautiful day and so much wonderful history!! I did enjoy my visits to Portugal when I lived in Spain. Thank you, as always, for sharing the beauty!!

  3. Rajesh says:

    That is a exciting drive. Wonderful images.

  4. Awesome photos, Nice post, Thanks for sharing.

  5. Yogi says:

    Great photographs. So exotic to this Okie. Have a great weekend!

  6. Niranjan says:

    Lovely landscapes all the way.

  7. What wonderful photos those old monasteries make especially the first one. That wall makes me thing of Knights in Armour fighting to defend the castle

  8. ladyfi says:

    Wow – wonderful last shot!

  9. budget jan says:

    I love the look of the town with the orange roofs. Is that Tomar?

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      The last pic with red roof is in Tomar. That reminds me I have forgotten to caption the pics.
      Thank you for stopping and the comment.

  10. what a wonderful place to visit!

  11. vatsala mallya says:

    How wonderful and picturesque the landscape is ! The driveway and the manasteriy is awesome . What a place to visit ! Thanks for sharing Indrani…

  12. Wonderful landscapes under nice skies. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

  13. eileen says:

    Wonderful scenes from your Portugal road trip. The monastery is amazing.
    Great photos and post. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  14. There are so many places I want to visit in Europe, and this just been added to my list.
    Happy travels and have a lovely week ahead. Thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

  15. thomas says:

    The Monastery looks eerie

  16. Hilary says:

    Growing up, my next door neighbours and friends were from Lisbon, and I have always had a wish to see Portugal. This might just be the next best thing to being there.

  17. Christian says:

    Thats a great area, beautiful photos.

  18. Kishor Kr says:

    Must have been a great drive!

  19. Arun says:

    Beautiful road and sure the drive would have been an enjoyable one.

  20. Beautiful pictures 🙂

  21. anks says:

    Gorgeous pics… and such clear blue skies!

  22. Wonderful pictures… I want to visit this place.

  23. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    It feels great to have a drive on such roads. Wonderful pictures, Indrani… 🙂

  24. Ami says:

    Envy envy….wish I could do it too. 😀 Lovely pics

  25. Chaitali says:

    Fantastic and wonderful recollections

  26. Beautiful pics, Indrani. Just imaging about the drive 🙂

  27. Well described.. A unique experience!

  28. Wow! wonderful collection

  29. Yogi saraswat says:

    Wonderful landscapes under nice skies. thank Indrani ji for sharing this historical post series .

  30. Rishie says:

    Amazing clicks, Indrani. And the day looks perfect for a lovely drive.

  31. Ashwini says:

    Aren’t road trips awesome? You got to experience and be a part of the surroundings even if its just for a second and your eyes try to view as much possible and store it for another day. Wonderful pics 🙂

  32. Lovely! I always like to look at people’s travel photos, Indrani. You may like to link up witht he “Travel Tuesdays” meme:

    Many thanks for your participation in Floral Friday Fotos. Best wishes for the Festive Season and may 2016 be a happy year for you and yours.

  33. good drive and beautiful and wonderful clicks Indrani.. 🙂

  34. Lovely pics and journey.

  35. Quite an innovative drive with such intriguing images 🙂

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