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...
Museu da Cidade Edifício Chiado
This sunlit confection of rippling, coiling iron opened in 1910 as Coimbra’s largest commercial emporium. It now houses a gallery with...
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...
Fado ao Centro
At the bottom of the old town, this friendly fado centre makes a good place to introduce yourself to the genre. There's a performance...
Restaurante Zé Neto
This marvellous family-run place specialises in homemade Portuguese standards, including cabrito (kid). Come in the late morning and...
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.