Convento de Santa Clara-a-Velha
Portugal dos Pequenitos
The brainchild of local collector Bissaya Barreto, this is an impossibly cute theme park where kids clamber over, into and through...
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...
Boat trips (50 minutes) on the Rio Mondego. They depart from beside Parque Dr Manuel Braga hourly from 3pm to 7pm May to September, and...
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...
Rua das Parreiras · interesting places nearby
Convento de Santa Clara-a-Velha information
This Gothic convent was founded in 1330 by the saintly Dona Isabel, Dom Dinis’ wife; it served as her final resting place until flooding forced her being moved uphill. The adjacent museum displays archaeological finds and shows two films, one about the nuns who lived here, the other documenting the 20-year renovation that cleared the river ooze that had drowned it since the 17th century.