Arco de Almedina
Núcleo da Cidade Muralhada/Torre de Almedina
Housed in the medieval tower directly above the Arco de Almedina, this historical museum displays a plaster reproduction of Coimbra’s...
Palácio de Sub Ripas
Up Rua Sub Ripas in Coimbra's upper town is the grand Manueline doorway of the early-16th-century Palácio de Sub Ripas; its Renaissance...
Núcleo da Guitarra e do Fado de Coimbra/Torre de Anto
On Rua Sub Ripas in Coimbra's upper town is the Torre de Anto, a tower that once formed part of the ancient city walls. The poet António...
Fado ao Centro
At the bottom of the old town, this friendly fado centre is a good place to introduce yourself to the genre. There's a performance every...
Tapas Nas Costas
The 'hot spot' about town at the time of research, this sophisticated tapas joint delivers delicious tapas. Decor is stylish, as are...
Arco de Almedina information
Long a Moorish stronghold and for a century the seat of Portugal's kings, Coimbra's upper town rises quickly and picturesquely from the banks of the Rio Mondego. The most picturesque way to enter its labyrinth of lanes is via Arco de Almedina – the city's heavy-duty Moorish gateway – and up the staggered stairs known as Rua Quebra-Costas ('Backbreaker'). People have been gasping up this hill (and falling down it) for centuries.
Local legend says it was the 19th-century writer Almeida Garrett who persuaded the mayor to install the stairs.