Portugal dos Pequenitos
Convento de Santa Clara-a-Velha
This Gothic convent was founded in 1330 by the saintly Dona Isabel, Dom Dinis’ wife; it served as her final resting place until flooding...
Convento de Santa Clara-a-Nova
Begun on higher ground in the 17th century to replace its flooded twin, this convent is devoted almost entirely to the saintly Queen...
Quinta das Lágrimas
Legend says Dona Inês de Castro met her grisly end in the gardens of this private estate. It’s now a deluxe hotel, although anyone can...
Galeria Santa Clara
Arty tearoom by day and chilled-out bar at night, this terrific place across the Mondego has good art on the walls, a series of sunny...
Cheery Itália serves reasonably good Italian food – including tasty pizza – but what really draws the crowds is its incomparable...
Lonely Planet review
The brainchild of local collector Bissaya Barreto, this is an impossibly cute theme park where kids clamber over, into and through doll’s-house versions of Portugal’s most famous monuments, while parents clutch cameras at the ready. There’s an extra charge to visit marginally interesting mini-museums of marine life, clothing and furniture.